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These pages aim to be a one-stop-shop area for information related to your religion/denomination.

This section provides information about places of worship in Sunderland and useful, relevant online resources.

Please note that it would be impossible to provide (and maintain) an absolutely comprehensive list of all places of worship. We include a selective list of churches that are close to the University campuses, as well as certain other obviously relevant churches. We try to keep information up-to-date, however we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the entries.

Policy on the use of faith spaces and facilities

Places of worship

Enon Baptist Church 
(North of the river, Dundas Street, inside the one-way loop)

Sunday Worship: 10.30am

The Enon Baptist Associate Chaplain, Revd John Prothero, usually ministers here.

Useful links

The Baptist Union of Great Britain


Places of worship

Meditation classes take place within the University during term time. Contact Peter Harvey, the University's associate chaplain, for further information.

There are also Buddhist centres within the region, see the links below.

Useful links

UK Association of Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Meditation in the Samatha Tradition

Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery (Harnham, Northumberland)

Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey (West Allendale, Northumberland)

Church of England (Anglican)

The Church of England is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. It is also now in full communion with most Lutheran Churches.

Places of worship

Sunderland Minster 
High Street West
Sunderland City Centre  
(next to the Empire Theatre and the Crowtree Leisure Centre)

Sunday Service:
8am: Holy Communion Service according to the Book of Common Prayer(BCP)
10am: Sunday Eucharist
6pm: Evensong 1st and 3rd Sundays and Evening Worship, including Taize, Evening Prayer, Hymn Singing and other varieties on 2nd and 4th Sundays respectively.

St Peter's Church 
(North of the river, the Church next to St Peter's campus)

Sunday Service:
Eucharist 11am

All Saints Church 
Sunderland (North of the river, Fulwell Road, next to All Saints)

Sunday Morning Worship: 10.30am

St Gabriel's Church Chester Road
Sunderland (At the junction with Kayll Road, by the hospital)

Sunday Services:
Holy Communion 8.00am
Morning Worship: 10.30am
Evening Worship: 6.30pm

St. Mark's Church 
(on Hylton Road, near Millfield Metro station)

Sunday Services:
Holy Communion 10.45am (1st Sun - All age worship)
Evening Worship 6.30pm

Sunderland also has a number of traditional Anglo-Catholic parishes. The University Chaplain can advise on which might be the most appropriate (See contact details.).

There is also an independent Lutheran Church in Sunderland, away from the University area, in the south of the City:

St Timothy's Church 
Queen Alexandra Road
Sunday Services: 10.30am

Useful links

The Church of England Diocese of Durham

Church of England National Website

The Church of Nigeria

(Greek) Orthodox

Places of worship

Church of St. Mary Magdalene 
Wilson Street
(between Clanny House and the Forge)

The Liturgy is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of the month, at 12 noon.

St Andrew's Church 
Newgate Street
Newcastle (10 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station, or 5 minutes walk from Monument Metro Station)

The Liturgy is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of the month, at 11.00am.

Useful links

The Orthodox England website


Places of worship

There is no temple in Sunderland. The nearest temple is:

Newcastle Hindu Temple 
172 West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9QB (on a bus route from Newcastle Central Station).

Sunday 11.00-15.00
Monday - Saturday 09.00-11.30 & 18.00-20.00

Useful links

The National Council of Hindu Temples UK


Places of worship

The University Mosque

There is a Mosque in the University at the City Campus, accessible to members of the Islamic Society and invited guests 24 hours a day, subject to certain access arrangements.  Click here for more information.

Friday prayers (Jum'ah) takes place at about 1.30pm. Prayer timetable can be accessed through the link below.

You can get further information by emailing info@sunislam.org.uk or visiting website www.sunislam.org.uk

The University Chaplain will be happy to help with any difficulties or queries.

Useful links

Sunderland University Islamic Society

Islamic Society Facebook group


Places of worship

There is a synagogue with a small congregation in Sunderland on Ryhope Road (near the School of Education and Ashburne House). The Shabbat Service, when possible, is at 9.30am.

The nearest Reform Synagogue is in Newcastle - The Croft, off Kenton Road, Gosforth, NE3 4RF.

There are other orthodox synagogues of various traditions within Gateshead and Newcastle. Again, further information can be obtained from Simon Henig or the University Chaplain (see contact details at the bottom of the page).

Useful links

Reform Judaism National website

Northumbria University Jewish Society


Places of worship

Burn Park Methodist Church 
Durham Road (near the City Centre)

Sunday Morning Worship: 10.30am

The University Methodist Associate Chaplain, Reverend Linda Eccles, ministers here.

St John's Church 
Ashbrooke Road

Sunday Worship: 10.45am and 6.30pm

Ewesley Road Methodist Church 
Chester Road (past the Hospital)

Sunday Worship: 10.30am and 6.00pm

Roker Methodist Church 
Roker Park Road (north of the river, near Rocker Park)

Sunday Morning Worship: 10.45am

Useful links

Methodist Church National Website

Other Christian

Places of worship

The Society of Friends (Quakers) 
30 Roker Park Road (north of the River)
Time: 10.45am

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church 
Seventh Day Adventist Church, South Shields
6 Westoe AvenueWestoe (off Mowbray Street)
South Shields
Tyne & Wear NE33 3AT

Time of worship: Saturday at 10am
Contact: Pastor Sandie Pairman

Nesham Street Cruddas Park 
Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7QY
Phone: 01207 272695

Sabbath School:10.00am

Divine Service: 11.30am

The Chinese Christian Church 
Newcastle upon Tyne (Westgate Road Baptist Church)

English/Cantonese bilingual service: Sunday 2.30pm

Useful links

Quakers in Britain 

Seventh-day Adventist Churches in UK and Ireland

Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Shields

Newcastle Chinese Christian Fellowship

Pentecostal or Free

Sunderland (including the Washington and Houghton areas) possesses a wide variety of Independent or Pentecostal Churches. A selection of those close to campus is given below:

Places of worship

Monkwearmouth Christian Fellowship 
Fulwell Road (north of the river)

Church Park Road (Opposite Mowbray Park) 

Sunderland Free Church 
Stockton Road
10.30am and 6.00pm

Elim Pentecostal Church 
Durham Road
10.30am and 6.30pm

Bethesda Free Church 
Tatham Street
10.30am and 6.30pm

Millfield Pentecostal Church 
Hylton Road

Bethel Church 
North Bridge Street (north of the river)

The King's Castle Church - Sunderland

15 Toward Road

The church is located opposite Mowbray Park in Sunderland City Centre.

Our meeting times:

- Friday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: 7pm - 9pm (except on 3rd - Friday of each month)

- Friday Prayer Vigil: 10pm - 2am (every 3rd Friday of each month)

- Sunday Worship Service: 10am - 12pm


For further information on our South Shields and Newcastle services, please visit http://www.thekingscastlechurch.org.uk/ 

Contact information:

Tel: 0191 265 6577 

Mob: 07861 661 380

Email: sunderland@thekingscastlechurch.org.uk

Useful links

Elim Pentecostal Church UK

The Globe Cafe Sunderland

Bethany City Church Sunderland

Roman Catholic

Places of worship

St Mary's Church 
Bridge Street
Sunderland (in the City Centre, near Wearmouth Bridge)

Sunday Mass: 10.30am; 5:30pm

St. Joseph's Church 
Rutland Street (between Clanny House and the Forge)

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4.30pm
Sunday Mass: 9.30am
Daily Mass

St. Benet's Church 
(North of the river: The Causeway - inside the one way loop)

Sunday Mass: 11am

Useful links

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Salvation Army

Places of worship

The Salvation Army 
Rutland Street
Millfield (between Clanny House and the Forge)

Worship: 11.00am and 6.00pm

An Associate Chaplain usually ministers here.

There is another Salvation Army in Sunderland in Monkwearmouth area.

Useful links

Salvation Army UK and Ireland


Places of worship

Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Temple 
The Cloisters (near Langham Tower)


Tuesdays 6.30 - 8pm 
Sundays 11am - 2pm

Gurdwara Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khas 
West Way
South Shields, NE33 4SR


Wednesdays 7.15 - 8.30pm 
Saturdays 7.30 - 9.00pm

24 hours per day continuous Simran (meditation) programme since 1984 (all welcome to take 1 hour or 2 hour meditation times day or night)

Music and Gurmat classes on Sundays.

A Gurdwara can also be found at Tindal Close, Newcastle.

Gurpreet Singh, chaplaincy advisor, can give further details about these or any other matters relating to the Sikh faith. Please phone 0191 515 3211 or email gurpreet.singh@sunderland.ac.uk.

Useful links

Network of Sikh Organisations UK

United Reformed

Places of worship

West Park Church 
(By the Transport Interchange, on Stockton Road)

Sunday Worship: 10.45am and 6.30pm

St. George's United Reformed Church
(Also on Stockton Road, nearer Langham)

Sunday Morning Worship: 10.45am

Roker URC 
(North of the river, Side Cliff Road)

Family Worship: 11.00am

Useful links

The United Reformed Church Northern Synod

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