The Great Escape: Christmas in the Churches

This year why not star in your own Great Escape? Jump out of it all to discover a true peace and the promise of the original Christmas at your local Christian church.

You’d be more than welcome, we’ll even reserve a parking space for you motorbike! (if you think you’re Steve Mcqueen)

There are over 150 special events and services taking place all over the borough and at your local Christian Church this Christmas. The Great Escape advert above, featured in the free Yellow Advertiser newspaper that reached every home in South East Essex(120,000). If you still have a copy look out for the double page pullout featuring details of Christmas church events across the town (week commencing Monday 10th December 2007).

Details of Carols, Nativities, Christingles, Midnight Communions and special Family Services will also feature in the Evening Echo and Leigh, Westcliff, Eastwood, Rayleigh & Southend Times.

Failing that why not download a copy of the full advert by clicking here (Adobe Acrobat file 369kb)

The campaign by the Churches Publicity Forum (SEECPF) this Christmas was also backed up by a response coupon in the Evenibg Echo Christmas in the Churches feature Friday 14th December issue. Churches also delivered invite cards and community newsletters through doors in their neighbourhood as a way of inviting people to their Christmas events. The campaign aims to show that all are welcome to join with their local church at Christmas and indeed at any time of the year.

David Elcock, Forum member said, ‘The Great Escape! the advert is a fun way to highlight the services and events taking place in churches across the area this Christmas.’… ‘Sometimes we can feel like escaping it all, when all the wrappings of Christmas get a bit too much. We want to encourage people from our neighbourhoods to escape from it all and discover some peace, a warm welcome and the true reason for the season at their local Christian church.’

David added, ‘Some of the churches are holding special music concerts, film showings and plays, Carols Concerts followed by free mulled wine and mince pies, and opportunities to wonder at the message of the first Christmas and God’s Son being born into the world as a gift from God for all of us.’

Love Southend website visitors that don’t regularly attend church can also get a copy of ‘The Light & Soul of Christmas’ a booklet that explains about Christianity and the Christmas Story for free by sending their address details to Christian Enquiry Agency (Essex), Love Southend Website Offer, FREEPOST WC2947, South Croydon, CR2 8UZ or by emailing (you will not be contacted again unless you request it).

To download a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) of the advert, which contains Christmas special event details of over 30 churches in South East Essex click here.

About S.E. Essex Churches Publicty Forum (SEECPF)
S.E. Essex Churches Publicity Forum is an initiative of the Christian charity SEELEF which consists of over 170 churches from all denominations in South East Essex. The forum aims to publicise the churches Christmas, Easter and Alpha Course activities and make all people feel welcome to attend. The forum is staffed by volunteers and supports the work of Love Southend.

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