Galvanised into action by COVID-19 and George Floyd protests, retiring United Reformed Church (URC) minister Rev John Campbell wrote new hymns and songs of protest, partly to express the emotions of his 95% black congregation.

Seeing a handmade bouquet of sunflowers and thistles outside Tottenham Police Station during a BLM protest, he thought that sunflowers stood for the creative, underappreciated spirit of black people, and the thistles represented the struggle to ensure that Black Lives Matter.

His work enabled the URC to release “Sunflowers and Thistles”, a new collection of praise and protest songs for this first death anniversary of George Floyd. This booklet of songs can be sung to the tunes of well-known hymns, and includes audio and video files, as well as sheet music and PowerPoint slides that can be downloaded free at: