News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Keir Starmer Easter banner.JPG
Keir Starmer Easter.JPG
UK News

Keir Starmer meets with church volunteers to celebrate Christian communities on Easter

by Sophie Drew

The leader of the Labour Party has met with Manchester church leaders and volunteers to mark Easter.

Sir Keir Starmer hosted a roundtable ahead of the Christian celebration to learn more about how churches are supporting their communities. 

Laura De Silva, Church Foundation Lead, told Starmer about the varying roles the church has had to play over a rollercoaster few years.

She said: “We've always [given] support for vulnerable people across the board, and then we've just seen it change over time. 

“So from Covid, to now with cost of living fuel, poverty, food poverty.”


Volunteer Julian Wolstencroft continued the point, saying more and more people were becoming increasingly reliant on the vital services Christian communities offer. 

He said: “Historically, we started off as a homeless drop-in so that you got shelter, hot three course meal and barbers here as they get haircut, access to clothes and things like that.” 

Fellow volunteer John Goodwin said: “It used to be mainly homeless people, but now it’s changed as people are really struggling to put a meal on the table.” 

Speaking of the core values at the heart of the Easter story, Pastor Glyn Barrett, of !Audacious Church told the opposition leader: “In a world that is hurting and broken, that sense of newness and the idea of hope is actually something that I think resonates far and wide across not just our city but across our nation and all the nations of the world.” 

The video was shared on Sir Starmer's Twitter, captioned: "Churches across Britain support their community, providing a sense of unity and hope, particularly when times are tough. At this time of optimism and new beginnings, I thank them for everything they do, and wish you all a very Happy Easter."

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email