St Paul's Church, in St Albans, has been chosen as the face of a Church of England Christmas campaign.

The Blandford Road site's congregation will feature on a national Church of England social media campaign encouraging people to come to church this Christmas.

The campaign will feature a series of 40-second videos named You're invited to church.

Herts Advertiser: The church's congregation will feature in a number of 40-second videos.The church's congregation will feature in a number of 40-second videos. (Image: Church of England)

During the clips, a group from St Paul's church will speak of their joy of coming to church at Christmas and being part of the community.

The films will also promote the Church of England’s new Christmas carol release, a version of The First Nowell written by composer and former King's singer Bob Chilcott.

The advertisements will be featured on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn during the run up to Christmas Day.

Herts Advertiser: The videos will encourage people to visit church this Christmas.The videos will encourage people to visit church this Christmas. (Image: Church of England)

Babatunde Idowu, whose family is featured in one of the films, said: “Church is a place of refuge, church is a place where you feed your heart and hear about God.

“It is a place where you go and connect with other like-minded people - people to support you even when you are down, it is just beautiful and when you sing the carols, it is always joyful.”

Sandra Thompson, a congregation member living with cancer, added: “It is a wonderful community here of people who will love you, support you and be with you.

"You have that hope that God provides that he is always with you. I love singing – so carols definitely.

“There is something about the joy and exuberance of singing about God coming into this world that I absolutely love.”


On behalf of the Church of England, the bishop of Stockport spoke of the St Paul's congregation's contribution to the films.

Sam Corley commented: "These moving testimonies demonstrate powerfully how the Christian faith revealed in Jesus Christ is a message of love and hope that transforms lives and communities. And we want people to know that these gifts are on offer to them too.

“So we are inviting everyone to join us in church this Christmas and to explore their place in this amazing story we find ourselves in - that God is among us, and life will never be the same again.”