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Christian version of 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad goes viral

by Hannah Tooley

Dan Rackham, of St Philemon's Church in Liverpool, told Premier why he decided to give the John Lewis advert a Christian twist: "Christmas is such a good time to think about how God has loved us, and we wanted to give people an opportunity to do that and I know that some of my friends think about that, but some of them don't in their day-to-day lives - so why not get people to think how they've been loved this Christmas?"

"Like most people, I loved the advert. But I'd love for people to look down the other end of the telescope this Christmas. When it comes to giving gifts, I believe it's God who's given us the ultimate gift, actually coming down to us. That's what Christmas is all about.

"Online videos are being consumed everyday on social media. So what better way to get people engaged and thinking."

So far the video has had more than 33,000 views and been featured on YouTube's Most Popular feed.

Dan added: "I hope that they'll empathise with the questions the little girl's asking - so she asks 'do you love me?', 'how can I know?', 'are you there?' and they're questions that a lot of my friends ask and they're questions that I asked before I came a Christian."

"It's a classic example of the community pulling together. I just couldn't have done this on my own.

"The star of the video, Eve, is just the daughter of a friend, but she really got into it and was amazing.

"Some other friends let me take-over their house for a day of filming, and we had to gaffa-tape black curtains over their windows. I actually ended up building the manger from a pallet I found lying about.

"At times I wondered if it was all going to work out, but I couldn't be happier with the end result.

"But the real hope is that it makes people think and ask questions, and explore the Christian faith. Of course, people might end up seeing the video at a church service, but social media crucially allows you the opportunity to engage with people who might never darken a church door."

Dan Rackham re-made the classic John Lewis advert with a Christian twist:

Below is John Lewis Man on the Moon advert:

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Dan Rackham here: 

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