Gogglebox Vicar in Chrstmas ad

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undefinedChurch of England makes late bid for Christmas advert of the Year in new film with "Gogglebox Vicar" The Church of England has squared up to commercial giants John Lewis, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer with its bid for Christmas ad of the year.

The Church’s new two minute film “Joy to The World” features Gogglebox vicar and Songs of Praise presenter Kate Bottley and has been released on the Church’s official website and social media channels.

The film highlights the hectic life of a vicar at Christmas, combining priest, social worker, parent and dog owner up to the traditional midnight service on Christmas Eve and the magical first moment of Christmas Day.

Kate Bottley said: “When all is said and done, the turkey eaten and the presents unwrapped, the film points to the fact that the discovery of real, lasting Christmas joy involves a visit to your local Church. You only have to look at the images and pictures from across the country being posted under the #JoyToTheWorld hashtag on social to see for yourself.”

To see the film visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmF3WF_HEqk

The new ad is part of the Church’s promotion campaign for its website www.AChristmasNearYou.org, which lists over 34,000 Christmas services taking place at local churches across the country during the Christmas season. From carol services to crib services, nativities to midnight mass and Christmas morning celebrations the website enables people to find a range of services near them by postcode.