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27 November 2012

Inspiring Christians to be awarded in parliament

Inspiring Christians to be awarded in parliament

Inspiring Christians will once again be celebrated for being good news in their communities at an awards ceremony in parliament this week.

The Evangelical Alliance has partnered once again with Inspire magazine in the Inspire Awards and is putting final preparations to this year's ceremony in the House of Commons.

Nine entrants have been shortlisted in three categories: Inspiring Individual, Inspiring Project and Inspiring Children's Youth Initiative.

They will join MPs and special guests at the awards ceremony on Thursday.

Among the shortlisted candidates are those bringing hope in some of the country's most deprived areas, working with ex-offenders and asylum seekers, and communicating the gospel to young people through music and rap.

Russ Bravo, editor of Inspire magazine, said: "In this fourth year of the Inspire Awards, I'm continually encouraged by the creative, compassionate and faith-fuelled contributions from Christians around the UK to their local communities. 

"It's a telling reminder that the Church across Britain is alive and well, and seeing lives changed for the better. We hope this small selection of the thousands of projects and initiatives being worked out day by day will inspire others to see how their passion and vision can transform lives, and so change our world for good and for God."

Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "We first got involved with the Inspire Awards in 2011 and were overwhelmed and heartened by hearing of how Christian individuals and organisations are doing amazing work in their local communities.

"It will once again be an honour to celebrate the community transformation we are so passionate about as Christians."

The shortlist:
Inspiring individual
Gordon Cochrane
Organises community events in his home town of Harrow.

Steve and Chrissie Croucher
Ministering to hurting and broken people on the streets of Bournemouth.

Mike Hulcoop, Aylesbury
Runs a money management centre at his church in Aylesbury.

Inspiring project
Hope into Action, Peterborough
Helping the vulnerable in the community, particularly ex-offenders.

Restart, Stoke
Supporting ex-offenders.

Thrive Team (Innovista), Oxford
Relational work in a deprived part of the county.

Inspiring children's/youth initiative
K2 and Kube, Colchester
Youth and children’s work run by Keith and Karen Barrett.

Make Jesus Known (MJK), Oldham
Reaching out to young people through music, life stories and talks.

Wirral YFC
Identifying local ‘youth heroes’ through their Youth Awards Event