Pop-up church will be an Easter blessing in South Shields town centre

ECHOES OF EASTER ... lay preacher Angela Lishman.
ECHOES OF EASTER ... lay preacher Angela Lishman.

A ‘HIGH street church’ is back in the business of bringing hope and comfort to under-pressure South Tynesiders.

Volunteers from West Harton Methodist Church have for the third time in a year moved into an empty retail unit on King Street.

They will be based in the old Yorkshire Linen outlet until April 30, offering advice, a friendly ear, words of comfort or just a cup of tea and a scone.

Anyone popping in will be invited to write a prayer on a label and place it on a board.

“It’s all very informal,” said Angela Lishman, a lay preacher who helps oversee the work there.

She said: “People can come in for a chat and if they want to talk about Christ they can. It’s like a community.

“The last time we were here we had the homeless people coming in and people who had been subject to welfare benefit sanctions who had no money.

“We could point them in the direction of soup kitchens and food parcels.”

The church in the community is open on weekdays from 11am to 3pm and on Friday and Saturday, 10am to 3pm.