South Shields and Hebburn is a new pastorate formed by the amalgamation of three congregations:
St Paul’s and St John’s, Beach Road, South Shields
St Margaret’s, Prince Edward Road South Shields
St Andrew’s, 80 Victoria Road West, Hebburn
St Paul’s and St John’s URC occupies a central location near South Shields Town Centre.
The area is supported by a number of churches and places of worship for other faiths including St Stephen’s and St Michael’s Anglican churches; St Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Westoe Baptist, Living Waters, A Christian Centre for the Community and a Mosque in the town Centre. Cordial links with other Churches are maintained through the local Churches Together with shared Lent and other services and social occasions.
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, and St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, together with St Margaret’s, form Harton Churches Together. They have regular meetings and work well 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.
St Andrew’s URC shares, with the Independent Methodist Church, a converted end terraced house situated in the centre of Hebburn. Most members live in the town. Because it is a small church those who attend or visit often comment on the intimate warmth and serenity they feel. The congregation is made up of a majority of senior citizens who have attended St Andrew’s most of their lives.