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Location Tried: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £50
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local Churches
Activity: Community
Author: Chrisduffett
Published: 09/09/2014

Description

This is a project that I started in 2008 which has now been used by hundreds of Churches in the UK. It enables people to be involved in the Christmas story in a fun way.

After setting up a nativity scene in their local town, churches invite people from their local community to dress up and be part of the scene. A photo is taken and then uploaded to this website. Each participant can find their photo – and then print it, email it to friends or share it on Facebook at no cost to them.

There is a £50.00 registration fee. For this fee, each church or group is given full use of the Get in the Picture website and 300 information cards. The invitation cards invite visitors to the website to find their photo and also provides space to add details of the local church.

All photos uploaded are free to use.

Rationale

The Christmas campaign ‘Christmas starts with Christ’ states that while the Christmas story has been around for thousands of years, today it’s being forgotten.

Just 12 per cent of adults know the nativity story, and more than one-third of children don’t know whose birthday it is. Meanwhile, 51 per cent of people now say the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas.

Here is one way to reach out to people in our communities with the most beautiful, life changing story that challenges people to remember the reason for the season.

Outcome

Remind people of the birth of Jesus at Christmas and the reason for the season. Foster connections between the local church and the community.

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By JoyLancaster on 10/12/2014

I would recommend everyone to have a go at Get in the Picture. It's a fantastic way of reminding people what Christmas is about and it's fun!