Carolyn Kinsman, 25/08/2017

Design the Church Army Christmas Card

Every year Church Army’s Chief Executive, Mark Russell, sends a Christmas card to everyone who is part of the Church Army family in the UK, as well as to Church Army leaders around the world. A card is also sent to many other people including our patron, Her Majesty The Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the diocesan bishops.

We’d like you to come up with the design for the 2017 card on the theme of Joy to the World! The competition runs from 1 September to 31 October.

Christmas Card activity pack

Are you between the ages of 4 and 15?

If you are aged between 4 and 15 as of 25 December 2017 you are eligible to enter (sorry adults!). That’s a large age range so we’ve created two age groups, 4 to 8 and 9 to 15. The winning design can come from either age group but we’ll also choose 12 pictures from each group as runners-up.

What does Joy to the World at Christmas look like to you?

Your picture can be anything inspired by the Christmas carol “Joy to the World”.

Do some research

If you’re not sure of the words, you can read them here.

Also why not take a look at Church Army’s website to see how we might bring Joy to the World for people who may have challenges in life.

Get creative

You don’t have to be limited by the words to the carol. Maybe you can think of a way of creating a picture that shows how you can bring Joy to the World for someone else. Your entry can be in any medium – a watercolour, collage, sketch, oil, charcoal printing – whatever you think works best for your idea.

Entry requirements

The picture must be on A4 paper, either landscape or portrait. Please do not include any dates on the design (for example 'December 2017').

On the back of your picture, please write:
Your name
Your age
One sentence explaining your image and why you designed it

Ask your parent/guardian to complete consent form and send it in with your entry. Download consent form.
Send your entry to:
Christmas card competition
Church Army
Wilson Carlile Centre
50 Cavendish Street
S3 7RZ

Entry deadline

Entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Winners will be announced by Friday 24 November 2017.
Please take a photocopy of your picture as unfortunately we won’t be able to return your original entry.

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

First Prize

The winner’s design will be made into a Christmas card which will be sent to our patron, Her Majesty The Queen. In addition, we will send the card to The Archbishop of Canterbury, all the diocesan bishops, Church Army international leaders across the world as well as Church Army families here in the British Isles.

The winner will also receive their own card signed by Church Army’s Senior Leadership Team and a £20 gift voucher. The winning design will also be used in Church Army’s social media posts throughout Advent.

Runners-up prizes

24 runners up (12 in each age category) will receive a Church Army branded pencil case gift set and will each have their designs used in Church Army’s social media posts throughout Advent. 

Carolyn Kinsman, 25/08/2017