Pints and prayers: Church opens in South Shields social club as owners find room at the inn for homeless congregation

Pastor Joseph Omoragbon is searching for a new home for his church.
Pastor Joseph Omoragbon is searching for a new home for his church.

A South Tyneside social club has answered the prayers of a church leader desperate to find a new home for his congregation.

Pastor Joseph Omoragbon has built up a loyal following since launching the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Derby Terrace, South Shields, in April.

Eddie Proud and partner Alison Eglintine have taken over the running of the Armstrong Hall.

Eddie Proud and partner Alison Eglintine have taken over the running of the Armstrong Hall.

However, after the owners of the building agreed to sell the property he was left with an uncertain future. He was given a three-month notice in September.

But despite the prospect of his congregation being made homeless, the passionate preacher kept his faith that a new home would be found.

Now, he is gearing up to hold his first Sunday service at the Armstrong Hall in Stanhope Road, South Shields, after owners Eddie Proud and Alison Eglintine heard of his plight.

The couple took over the running of the social club at the end of last year.

The Armstrong Hall has allowed our church to continue until we can find a place of our own.

Pastor Joseph Omoragbon

Pastor Joseph said: “We had a lovely service at the church in Derby Terrace on Sunday but for the foreseeable future our Sunday service will now take place at the Armstrong Hall.

“We can not thank the Armstrong Hall enough. If it was not for the Armstrong Hall, we would have no where to go. They have allowed our church to continue until we can find a place of our own.”

Pastor Joseph is still on the lookout for a more permanent base for his church which has more than 150 members.

But for now all Sunday services will be held at the Armstrong Hall.

Eddie Proud and partner Alison Eglintine have taken over the running of the Armstrong Hall.

Eddie Proud and partner Alison Eglintine have taken over the running of the Armstrong Hall.

Before making the switch to Derby Terrace, the close-knit church met for more than two years in the Old Friends’ Mission Hall at St Bede’s Church in Westoe Road, South Shields.

Worshippers of several nationalities have enjoyed the energetic and high-spirited form of worship.

The RCCG, founded in 1952 by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi, puts Gospel music and song at the heart of its services.

The Sunday service will take place between 10am and 1pm.