A high street shop in South Tyneside has become the spiritual home of a new borough church.
Shields Church was only established late last year but has already found a base at the heart of King Street in the town.
Now members of the evangelical church have issued a warm welcome to townsfolk to come and join them in celebration of the teachings of Jesus Christ at a main service on Sunday, from 10.30am, and on any weekday between 9am and 10am,
It’s not the first time the former Yorkshire Linen outlet at 105 King Street has enjoyed ‘divine intervention’.
Periodically over the last year volunteers from West Harton Methodist Church have set up in the unit.
Now Shields Church, whose pastor is Adam Rushton, has signed a two-month lease on the property which could be extended.
Church spokesman Marcus King said the church was all about putting Jesus “at the front and centre of our lives”.
He said: “We have been meeting in South Shields for about six months and have now moved into King Street.
“We’re an evangelical church, which means we believe the Bible is the word of God. We believe that all of the Bible is about Jesus Christ and he is the answer to the problems we face in life, to the struggles and heartaches.
“We really want to share the good news of Jesus with people in the town.”
The new church has already forged links with the town’s Hadrian Primary School, where they hold a Bible club and play songs and games, and has an outreach project at Northumberland Prison, helping inmates with addictions.
Mr King added: “Being here in the town centre is a great opportunity for us to be this close to people who are just going about life in South Shields. We have a lease on the building for at least two months, and whether we will extend that or not, we will still be around Shields.”