Use your church's Christmas carol service to raise funds for vulnerable children

Children and teachers in Santa hats and red jumpers carol sing in church

Your church’s Christmas carol service is a great opportunity to raise funds to help the most vulnerable children across the country over the festive season. Last year, hundreds of generous churches just like yours collected donations at their carol services which helped us work directly with over 18,000 children and positively influence the lives of over 5.6m children.

All of the below resources are available to order or download for free from the carol singing resource centre.

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Getting started

Once you have confirmed the date of your Christmas carol service, it’s easy to use it as an opportunity to raise money for a great cause, and we have lots of great resources to help you:

  • Order a guide full of information about carol singing with additional tips and ideas.
  • Order posters to advertise your carol service on your church notice board.
  • Order invitations to invite guests to attend the service.
  • Make your regular church attendees aware of the date of your service and encourage them to get involved, whether by singing or collecting money.

For the service

There are lots of great resources that you will find really helpful for your carol service:

  • Carol books – a book of 22 popular carols for you to sing your heart out.
  • Collection envelopes – use these handy Gift Aid collection envelopes to allow attendees to make a donation at the service. Simply leave them on the seats before the service and collect them in at the end, then send to us on the Freepost address listed on the envelope. 
  • Carol service outline – a downloadable church Christmas carol service.
  • Carol service sermon – a sermon to read at your carol service.
  • Wax candles and cardboard drip shields .
  • Collection buckets – available to order by calling 0300 3030 555.

Additional ideas for your Christmas carol service

  • Why not invite a speaker to come and talk about the work of The Children’s Society in your church? Simply request a speaker online and we will arrange a passionate ambassador to tell your church how the money they raise helps protect vulnerable children and young people.
  • Serve mince pies or mulled wine at the end of the service and ask for donations from guests.
  • Download make-your-own reindeer antlers for the children to build and wear.
  • Hold a Christmas raffle featuring prizes donated by local shops.
  • Invite local choir groups to perform a Christmas carol concert.

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