The Real Advent Calendar – A new way to share the Christmas story

The Real Advent CalendarThe Real Advent Calendar is a great way to share the real meaning of Christmas.

There’s a line of the Christmas story and a chocolate star behind each window. Behind the final window is a 24-page Christmas storybook. A charitable donation is made to The Children’s Society and its Fairtrade. It costs £3.99.

Order with Leigh Road Baptist Church

On Sunday 27th October, Leigh Road Baptist Church will be taking orders for a bulk purchase from our local Tesco. So you can place your order on the church welcome desk at the morning service – no money necessary at this stage, just when you pick it up from us in on a Sunday morning throughout November.


Tesco is the only supermarket that will be stocking The Real Advent Calendar this year as it has ordered enough to offer a national church in-store collect and home delivery service. It has supplies in most stores. From early October, individuals can pop in to virtually all Tesco stores and pick up calendars. To make a bulk order give your local Tesco a call to check stocks and pick up your calendars or use its home delivery service. Details at


From 2nd September, LRBC and friends can order through our Traidcraft rep Gina Cox or individuals can arrange for home delivery by calling 0845 330 8900 or online at

Why we need to share the story

It might be difficult to believe but recent surveys show that knowledge of the Christmas story is fading.

Among 5-7 year olds, A new way to share the Christmas story at Christmas and 72% don’t know Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Among adults less than 12% know the full nativity story and 51% say that the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas.  This is a tipping point.

The Christmas Starts With Christ campaign hopes to reverse the trend by telling the Christmas story in new ways.

The  Real Advent Calendar is designed to support the campaign as a new and fun way to share the Christmas story.  You can read more at or

*survey findings from ComRes 2007, 2010, 2012, Children’s Society 2010

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