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Christmas Story on ‘You Tube’

I am a member of the Churches Adverising Network and you may be interested in an animation we have commissioned.  Please do put it on your web site, My Space page or Face Book!

This year, the Churches Advertising Network has abandoned its traditional poster campaign in favour of a multimedia extravaganza involving the alternative online universe of Second Life, You Tube and an integrated radio advertising campaign.

WE have created our own 1st Century AD city (called Patmos) in Second Life, complete with camel stops instead of bus stops, and billboards advertising, among others, Joseph’s Technicolour Tailoring and the Red Sea Surf School.

There is a Roman Amphitheatre in the city complete with cinema screen where a short animated nativity film will premiere at 10pm GMT tomorrow, Thursday 20 December.  The film will premiere on You Tube on Friday 21 December at 10pm.

The campaign links the idea of being given a second chance with God to the online world of Second Life where people often try to appear more beautiful, richer and more powerful than in this life.

The nativity film is a humorous take on the traditional story, with surfer shepherds, Mafioso wisemen, a Yiddish innkeeper and a rock star angel voiced by of ex Darkness front man, Justin Hawkins who gave his time for free.

A radio campaign featuring people who want to be given a second chance with those near to them who they have upset is already playing out across the country.

The Churches Advertising Network (CAN) is an independent, ecumenical group of Christian communicators which exists to provide high quality national Christian advertising campaigns, especially around major festivals, and to provide the means for local churches to share in and receive the benefit of such national campaigns.

The Churches Advertising Network has created famous campaigns in the past, most notably a poster featuring Christ as Che Guevara for Easter 1999.

Visit for information on previous campaigns.

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Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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