A Birmingham church leader will today receive the Prime Minister’s daily Point of Light award after he brought together worshippers from across the country for a virtual performance of the ‘The UK Blessing’.
Tim Hughes, leader of Gas Street Church in Birmingham, reached Christians from over 65 churches with his virtual blessing, which went viral when it was streamed over 2 million times worldwide. Tim also supports his community through a safe volunteering hub at his church.
In a personal letter to Tim, the Prime Minister said:
“At a time when our churches are closed, I am filled with admiration to hear how you have used the power of music to bring together Christians of all denominations from across our United Kingdom.
“Your sensational singing masterpiece ‘The UK Blessing’ is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty.
“As we continue to protect our NHS and save lives, I know you are also leading efforts through your own church to support those in need in Birmingham and to befriend those who are feeling lonely or isolated at this time.
“So on behalf of the whole country, I just want to say a big thank you for all that you do.”
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement, Tim said:
“It’s a great honour to receive this award, which I receive on behalf of the amazing team my wife Rachel and I work with at Gas Street Church in Birmingham. 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 ’The UK Blessing.’ To see over 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.”
The Prime Minister’s UK daily Points of Light award was first launched in April 2014 to recognise outstanding individuals making a difference where they live. Tim is the 1371st person to be recognised. As Britain unites to fight the spread of coronavirus, the award is focusing exclusively on people serving their community through the pandemic.