Last chance to sing "Silent Night"; videos due Dec. 14

This Sunday is your last chance to incorporate “Silent Night” into your church service, film it, then upload or mail in your video to General Synod by Dec. 14. The Silent Night Project is designed as a fun and festive unity-building activity, and all videos will be incorporated into a documentary, to be put online by Christmas as a gift to the world.

Already hundreds of “Silent Night” videos have been uploaded or mailed in to the national office in Toronto, Ont. The videos show the many faces of the Anglican Church of Canada—from Indigenous elders to children to troops in Afghanistan.

Making a movie can be really easy. Just grab a simple video camera, arrange your group, and press record. All video formats will be accepted. Anglican Video has compiled some filming tips for your community. Bulletin covers and other church resources are available for download, to help you integrate the song into your service.

Funds will support chaplains’ ministry
The Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, has also asked that each “Silent Night” singer donate a toonie to support the ministry of Anglican military chaplains, who work alongside the women and men of the Canadian Forces. Funds from the Silent Night Project will bolster chaplains’ ministry by supporting the work of their pastoral leader, the Bishop Ordinary. Together, the Bishop Ordinary and the chaplains carry out an essential ministry: witnessing to God’s transforming power in a broken world.

The Silent Night Project really began with the 2008 Amazing Grace Project, when thousands of Anglicans across Canada recorded themselves singing the hymn. Over 500 videos were sent in and all were included in an award-winning documentary, Amazing Together. The Amazing Grace Project raised more than $95,000, now being used for suicide prevention programs in northern Canada.

Make sure your community is part of this exciting project and send in your videos by Dec. 14. For more information, visit the website, or send an email to the General Synod’s Silent Night Project team.

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