Advent and Christmas with the Church of England

Comfort and Joy


There will be weekly reflections published on social media and available by email and app for each Sunday of Advent. We have partnered with a number of public figures to produce short reflections exploring the theme. Comfort and Joy: Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas mirrors the structure of a traditional carol service, exploring both biblical texts and the words of much-loved Christmas carols.

The reflections for each day from Christmas Day to 2 January feature contributions from Kate Bottley, Jonathan Bryan, Bob Chilcott, Martha Collison, Stephen Cottrell, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chine McDonald, Sally Phillips and Justin Welby.

click here to sign up for Comfort and Joy and see details of the App

further information (including the app and smart speaker) is further down the page on the above link, underneath the sign-up boxes

The following services will all be broadcast on the Church of England’s YouTube channel and Facebook page

  • 29 November 9:00am – Worship at Home for the First Sunday of Advent with St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • 6 December 9:00am – Worship at Home for the Second Sunday of Advent with HOPE Together
  • 13 December 9:00am – Worship at Home for the Third Sunday of Advent. A Christingle service with The Children’s Society
  • 20 December 9:00am – Worship at Home for the Fourth Sunday of Advent with Marie Curie
  • 22 December 9:00am – Worship at Home: A service of Lessons and Carols with Christian Aid
  • 24 December 11:30pm – Worship at Home: Midnight Mass with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover
  • 27 December 9:00am – Worship at Home for the First Sunday of Christmas with Church Army
  • 31 December 9:00am – Worship at Home: A service with the Archbishop of York on New Year’s Eve
  • 3 January 9:00am – Worship at Home for Epiphany with Embrace the Middle East