The UK Blessing
1371. Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes, from Birmingham, is a church leader who brought together 65 churches of all denominations across the UK for ‘The UK Blessing’ - an online vocal blessing which has reached over two million people at a time when they can’t attend church in person.
Tim has also repurposed his church in Birmingham as a community hub for safe volunteering, delivering food parcels and running telephone befriending to tackle lockdown loneliness.
In a personal letter to Tim, Prime Minister Boris Johnson 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.”
“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.”