This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day, creating a great opportunity to talk about love including the great love God has for everyone. This limited edition occasion page has ready-made resources to make the most of this special time.
In the 2-3 weeks leading up to February 14th, shops will be selling cards and gifts to celebrate romantic love. With this on people’s minds, and a shared date with Ash Wednesday, there is a significant opportunity to talk about love, whether that is in church, in your printed publications and/or online.
So this year the Life Events team will be promoting a mini #❤️Heartready campaign to help you share the message.
These are few simple ideas to help you do that.
- Follow ChurchofEnglandChristenings on FaceBook and @CofE Christening on Twitter to instantly share our #❤️Heartready posts.
- #LiveLent 2018 – Let your light shine campaign is also being promoted nationally, follow this link for more information and resources.
- You can use an Emoji heart to create the hashtag for this mini campaign and use it to post your own messages, or any of the suggested shares below.
- Share this page from the Christenings website as part of encouraging all those who have been baptized to ‘continue the journey’. This article is specially written on the #❤️Heartready theme.
- Share this page from the Christenings website which explains what Shrove Tuesday is all about.
- Share this page all about kindness which offers some lovely practical things which could be done throughout Lent to make a positive difference in the world.
- Share this page all about marking Good Friday.
Your parish magazine or newsletter can be a good way to reach families who have had children recently baptized. The articles online above also exist as free articles which can be downloaded and edited for use in your own publications:
- Download #❤️Heartready article
- Download Countdown to Easter article
- Download Kindness article
- Download Marking Good Friday article
See more ideas articles for use nearer to Easter on the Easter occasion page.
- Invite your baptism and weddings contacts, (whether newlyweds or soon-to-be married), to the Sunday service closest to Valentine’s Day. The service can mark the occasion simply, by offering special prayers for those who are just married or about to be married, or it can be more extravagant with balloons and giveaway chocolate hearts!
- This parish in York uses Valentine’s Day to invite couples to a quiz night. They host it simply to keep in touch and build a relationship with couples who will be marrying at the church.
- Remember to include banns couples in your invitations – it will reinforce the message that their church is there for them throughout their married life and gives them an opportunity to have experience church, right where they live.