A united effort to return CHRIST to CHRISTMAS in the public square in Aotearoa-New Zealand

WHY?

Let’s reverse the removal of the ‘CHRIST’ from ‘CHRISTmas’ and bring back the rich Christian heritage our nation has, which gifted it many of its most treasured values – like equality, tolerance, honesty and charity.  

Together we keep the Christ in Christmas – just as any person of any faith would desire to do so in connection with their historic celebrations. 

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Our invitation is that you be intentional about using nativity-based CHRISTmas themes in your areas of influence – as opposed to Santa, elves or jingle bells. This can be done in a number of simple ways:

Please support the Hope Project efforts at AllTogether.co.nz/donate

New Christmas Decoration

 

3D Wooden Nativity

Natural wood nativity-based  Christmas decoration that extends into a 3-dimensional stand for your mantel, coffee table, shop counter or reception. Fun for the children too.

Hope Project is a church-based charity sharing messages of hope in connection with Christmas and Easter.

Makes a great gift for Christmas.

For Individuals

  • CARDS and DECORATIONS – Give CHRISTmas nativity-themed Christmas cards and decorations. Available from various retailers and Christian bookstores. 
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – Post nativity-themed imagery and videos
  • NATIVITY / LIGHT DISPLAYS – Create or purchase displays for your home and lawn.
  • ADVENT CALENDARS – look online or at a local Christian bookstore near you.  

GIFT A CHRISTMAS BOOK – ‘The First Kiwi Christmas’ is a story for all children 

Front Cover

NZ BICULTURAL CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY BOOK – Maori Postal publication for family fun and Sunday Schools. Contact them here.

For traditional Christmas music, cards, decorations and advent calendars: 

For Businesses

  • PLAYLISTS – Include carols with nativity-related lyrics on your playlists. 
  • CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS – Sell nativity-based CHRISTmas items where this relates to your business. 
  • DISPLAYS – Include nativity-based imagery and decorations in your displays and shop windows. FREE downloadable posters and decal designs below. 
  • CELEBRATIONS – Consider organising social year-end CHRISTmas celebrations, referencing the nativity story, cultural values and hope the Christ of CHRISTmas has brought to the world, to our own nation, and in our personal lives. 
  • SPONSOR – larger nativity or CHRISTmas based billboards, displays, Christmas parade floats and nativity scenes working in partnership will a local church. 

GRAPHIC DOWNLOADABLES:

Print quality Vector graphics for print Collateral. Click on image to download ZIP file – 4MB.

Portrait Retail poster or Counter Stand. Editable Print-Ready PDF & imagery. Click on image to download ZIP file – 107MB.

Digital graphics for websites, Emails, Powerpoint and video use. Click on image to download ZIP file – 9MB.

Pohutukawa beach background imagery for billboard signage. Click on size to download from Dropbox LARGE (4mtr) 86MB. SMALL (2mtr) 15MB

Printer ready Billboard with graphics for LARGE size up to 4m. Click on image to download PDF from Dropbox 340MB.

For Churches

  • ENCOURAGE THE ‘BIG IDEA’ – POSTERS & FLYERS free high resolution JPEG or PDF files available to download to promote a united effort to your church. 
    Use this amazing power point, supported by this 1min video on youtube  
  • MODEL & SHARE IDEAS – use the various ideas above for individuals and businesses that will work in your context 
  • COMMUNITY PROFILE – Build a nativity-based float for the town CHRISTmas parade. Great story from Levin with ideas from their united Churches float.
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATION – Use creativity and courage for united CHRISTmas events to share the Hope that we have. 
    Ideas such as carol gatherings, concerts, theatricals and church-to-church Hikoi’s to remind your city or town of the Christ of CHRISTmas. See brilliant examples below.
  • BILLBOARD – Churches can rally together to sponsor a nativity billboard!  
    Graphics downloadable on this page and we invite you to use the Hope Project’s design here. This can promote the Hope Project OR your own sponsors. Please contact us for resizing or logo changeouts. 

Look what these combined Church Christmas collaborations have achieved:

Simply put, collaborate to remind your city of the Christ of CHRISTmas! 

  • In New Plymouth, churches have combined previously to present CHRISTmas dramas and theatricals to thousands of school children –  
  • Also in New Plymouth in 2019 there was united effort with nativity stickers they created for many cars, plus window decal in many windows around the city. 
  • In Cambridge (and other places), combined carol gathering and concerts are hosted. 
  • In Levin, the churches float was a multi-stage story – and won the competition in 2019. 
  • In Tauranga, a ‘walk-through’ nativity theatrical called ‘The Road To Bethlehem’ is hosted annually at the SDA Church, with a dozen churches uniting in the effort. 
  • Also in Tauranga, a Hikoi is organised by the central churches from church to church. 

Resources for your church or social media:

The New Zealand Church has the capacity to see Christ re-established in CHRISTmas in this nation – but only if we have a vision for this, and will work in unison toward it. Together we can!