Local church receives award from the Prime Minister for blessing the UK

By Urmala Jassal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has commended a Birmingham Church leader for leading singers across the UK in an inspirational online blessing.

Tim Hughes, Pastor of the city’s Gas Street Church, said he was delighted to receive Mr Johnson’s Points of Light award which celebrates outstanding volunteers across the UK each week.

Tim said the UK Blessing involved musicians from 65 churches across the nation. They were asked to perform and submit their contribution of the song for the final online version. The recent count showed the song having had almost three million views on YouTube.

In a personal letter to Tim, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the song as a masterpiece.

“The UK blessing” is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty,” he added.

“As we continue to protect our NHS and save lives, I know you are also leading efforts through your own church to support those who are in need in Birmingham and to befriend those who are feeling lonely or isolated at this time.”

Tim said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award.  Alongside everything we are doing in delivering food packages and connecting with those who are vulnerable and isolated, it was wonderful to be a small part of the song.”

“To see 65 churches representing hundreds of others from around the UK joining together as one to sing this amazing message that God is for us and with us was very special.”

See The UK Blessing video here https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U

For further information on Points of Light Awards got to www.pointsoflight.gov.uk