South Shields and Hebburn is a pastorate formed by the amalgamation of three congregations:
St Andrew’s, 80 Victoria Road West, Hebburn
St Paul & St John’s, 1 Broughton Road, South Shields
St Margaret’s, Prince Edward Road, South Shields
St Andrew’s URC shares, with the Independent Methodist Church, a converted former residential property situated in the centre of Hebburn. Most members live locally and, because they meet in a relatively close and intimate space, those who attend or visit often comment on the warmth and serenity they experience there. The congregation is composed of a majority of senior citizens who have attended St Andrew’s most of their lives.
St Paul and St John’s URC curently meet in premises know as The Church Centre following the sale of the former large Victorian church that has recently been sold having become no longer viable for a diminished congregation to sustain. Links are maintained with a number of churches and places of worship for other faiths in the area – St Stephen’s and St Michael’s Anglican churches; St Bede’s Roman Catholic Church; Westoe Baptist Church; Living Waters, A Christian Centre for the Community and a Mosque in the town Centre.
St Margaret’s URC is in the suburban setting of Harton a short distance from the South Shields boundary. Within walking distance of St Margaret’s there are 7 churches of which 4, Harton Methodist Church; St Mark & St Cuthbert’s and St Peter’s Anglican Churches; St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church; together with St Margaret’s, form Harton Churches Together. Regular joint ecumenical services are held, each church hosting in turn. In Lent five services are held on consecutive Wednesdays, again hosted by each of the churches in turn. Other events, including social events are also arranged from time to time.