News and events Stories The Prime Minister thanks Christians around the country The following is abridged from a press release from Spring Harvest Prime Minister thanks Christians around the country and offers a ‘Great big thank you’ to churches Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, for the first time, publicly thanked churches for the role they have played during lockdown and recognised the ‘selfless stoicism’ Christians have demonstrated throughout the pandemic. The Prime Minister, who will be speaking at the online Christian festival Spring Harvest Home said, “I want to say a great big thank you because over the past year or so I have seen over and over again the teachings of Jesus Christ brought to life by people like yourselves: men and women, young and old, right across the UK.” Johnson continues, “I’ve lost count of the number of Church leaders and congregations from all denominations, that have stepped up to support not only one another, but also to support the whole local community, people of all faiths and none.” The Prime Minister also recognised the significant sacrifice many Christians have made over the past 12 months and urged them to continue to show resilience, “For many months you have been unable to come together for worship and prayer as you would normally do. I know that has been a huge burden for many Christians, but it is a burden you have borne with selfless stoicism without complaint and by adapting to online worship and meetings.” The Prime Minister will be joined at Spring Harvest Home by Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey who have each recorded a video message for those attending, outlining their personal message to Christians in the UK, and will air as part of the interactive online festival on Easter Monday. The Prime Minister concluded, “While this has not been the Easter any of us would have liked, and Spring Harvest is obviously not happening in its usual bustling way, we’re getting there, and we’re getting there because of people like you.” Spring Harvest Home 2021 will run from the evening of Easter Sunday (4th April) until Thursday 8th April. Tickets are available now and offer access to the full week’s online event or a one-year subscription to access Spring Harvest’s digital content - including a range of new teaching videos and resources following the April event. To find out more and book tickets for Spring Harvest Home please visit: https://springharvest.org/ This item was published on Friday 26th March 2021.