A CHURCH from out of Africa has reason to praise the Lord after finding a new home in South Tyneside.
Husband and wife Joseph and Kevwe Omoragbon arrived in the borough in 2012 from Nigeria with their four children to spread the word of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
I want to also thank the people of South Shields for receiving us so cordially. We could not have got this far without their love and support.Pastor Joseph
Its congregation of up to 60 has been meeting for over two years in the Old Friends’ Mission Hall at St Bede’s Church in Westoe Road, South Shields, but the room was often packed to the rafters at services on Sundays, leading to overspill into the passageway.
Now the church, attended by worshippers of eight different nationalities, has acquired a lease on the former Mental Health in South Tyneside (Mhist) headquarters in Derby Terrace, South Shields.
The church is one of the fastest-growing in the world, and its international leader, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is about to visit the North East to spread its word still further.
He is to address the faithful at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday from 1.30pm.
Meanwhile, Pastor Joseph has passed on his thanks to church leaders and the congregation at St Bede’s for their patience over the last two years, his church’s loud form of worship, involving high-spirited singing and shouts of praise, being at odds with the more sedate Catholic church services held by its neighbour.
Pastor Joseph said: “I want to thank them for putting up with our loud form of worship over the last two years.
“I want to also thank the people of South Shields for receiving us so cordially. We could not have got this far without their love and support.
“This move will enable us to expand the services we offer to the community, with two halls now available, a children’s church, counselling sessions, free clothes for the needy and a cafe shop where people can come in for coffee and tea.
“We have the lease here for 12 months, but we are hoping to purchase the building and get a mortgage, and we would welcome any support in helping us achieve that.”
The RCCG, founded in 1952 by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi, puts Gospel music and song at the heart of its services.
Pastor Joseph added: “With this building we can become even more involved in the community.”
He can be called on 0771 461 9964 or contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org