A South Tyneside church leader is stepping up a ‘desperate’ search for a new spiritual home for his flock – as he faces up to a New Year in limbo.
Pastor Joseph Omoragbon has built up a loyal and passionate following since laying down religious roots for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG0) Living Faith church at Derby Terrace, in South Shields, in April.
Pastor Joseph OMORAGBONWe are desperately looking for a new home
But he is now left hoping his prayers will be answered as he prepares to conduct his final service after the owners of the building agreed to sell the property.
Pastor Joseph signed a 12-month lease for the use of the building and says he was given his three-month notice of the move in September.
He says he still has faith in the future as he prepares to take to the pulpit for the final time at Derby Terrace on Sunday, January 3.
The church – which attracts worshippers from a host of nationalities – has proved a big hit with the community.
Before making the switch to Derby Terrace, the church met for more than two years in the Old Friends’ Mission Hall at St Bede’s Church in Westoe Road, South Shields.
Pastor Joseph said: “We have over 150 members, between 50 and 70 of whom turn up for services every Sunday.
“Now we are in urgent need of a new home, such as a community hall, that will accommodate over 100 people.
“We are determined to find a new home close by.”
While the immediate future is uncertain, the passionate preacher is eager to kick off the New Year in style.
The church is swinging open its doors from noon until 6pm on December 29 before holding a marathon 24-hour service from noon on December 30 and will welcome in 2016 with a religious celebration from 10pm on December 31 until 12.30am on the first day of January.
Pastor Joseph is grateful for an offer from New Hope Church, in Robinson Street, South Shields, to have the use of their hall every Sunday – but he is determined to find a permanent base.
The Derby Terrace building was formerly used as Mental Health in South Tyneside (Mhist) headquarters and now planning permission has been granted for it to be converted for business use.
Anyone who has a building that Pastor Joseph could lease for the start of 2016 is urged to call him on 0771 461 9964 or contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.