A Methodist Minister based in Cornwall is celebrating after winning a national hymnwriting competition. Rev Gareth Hill, from Wadebridge won the competition which was run by BBC local radio. Hear our interview with Gareth.
A Methodist Minister based in Cornwall is celebrating after winning a national hymnwriting competition.
Gareth with MP John Battle
Reverend Gareth Hill, from Wadebridge, says writing is in his blood. Having trained more than 400 journalist at Cornwall College he knows a thing or two about writing style.
Previous to that he worked for several national newspapers specialising in sports journalism.
The winning hymn 'Dear Lord, where are the signs of hope' was written to mark the induction of the Reverend Dr Martyn Atkins as this year's President of the Methodist Conference.
Gareth then entered the lyrics into the national competition run by BBC local radio in conjunction with BBC Radio 2. The prize was to have the lyrics put to music by renowned composer Dr Barry Rose.
Gareth and his wife Joy
Gareth also attended the award reception at the Houses of Parliament accompanied by his wife Joy and BBC Radio Cornwall's Naomi Kennedy. Gareth was one of four winners who went to the reception, hosted by John Battle MP, former faith advisor to Tony Blair.
"Every time you write a hymn or song you want to know if it's any good," admits Gareth.
"To have it chosen as a national champion is a pretty satisfying endorsement. Too often we try to repeat what we've been doing for the past 100 years and think that by singing the same old stuff louder we'll make more impact.
"The church needs to be more honest – that's why this hymn asks where the signs of hope are to be found. The answer is also in the hymn. It's when Christians learn to walk in Jesus' shoes and love like he did."
The lyrics and music are available for download. Click on the link below to find out more:
last updated: 12/10/07
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