However, he paid tribute to the way in which they had shown the teachings of Christ and the message of his death and resurrection “permeate through every aspect of daily life”.
“That’s why I’ve lost count of the number of church leaders and congregations that have stepped up to support us all in these very challenging times,” he said.
“Millions of Good Samaritans, each of them showing what loving thy neighbour as thyself really looks like in 21st century Britain.
“And having done all that during the darkest days of the pandemic, churches across the UK are now helping us light the path out of it by opening their doors as vaccination centres. It’s really, very moving to see it.”
Sir Keir Starmer also paid tribute to the Christian community for its work supporting others during the coronavirus pandemic.
In his Easter message, the Labour leader said he was “in awe” of their efforts over the past 12 months.
“The Christian community has always been there for the marginalised and for those that need support and help, but over the last year that has shone through so strong and so visible for everybody to see,” he said.