Who Are We?
At Shields we are a very diverse church! Some of us come from the Caribbean, South Africa, Southern England and of-course from cities, towns and villages in the North East; particularly Sunderland and South Shields. On average around 20 people attend here every Sabbath/saturday and there are 31 members on our records who we try to keep in contact with; who for many reasons cannot attend church, one being old age.
We all believe in God and our aim is to get to know more about Jesus each week we meet. During the week we meet with each other at members homes'. We all live 'normal' lives like you. Some of us have retired from years of working in various occupations like nursing, pharmacy, pastoring, and caring. Others are working with children, teaching at schools or have a job in firms. Our young adults have grown into lawyers, teachers and scientists, some now studying to be a Pastor, and another teaching English in Russia. Some are at school, college and local universities. And of-course some due to the Government cut-backs have been made unemployed, but continue to make a difference else where in their lives.
So then, as you can see, we all come from different backgrounds, we are all different ages, come from different countries and have had various life experiences we all can relate to: good and bad. Overall we are all united in one thought, we all strive to make a difference in people's lives like YOU, we all meet at church to join with each other and learn more about the bible and current issues (of which the bible predicts will happen before it actually does!). We do this in a contemporary way.
Our lay-preachers' style varies from week to week and we preach/talk on a variety of topics extending from: Health, Old Testament stories-to what we have to look forward to when Jesus comes again! All of which are made simple, for everyone to understand and are applied to us today in a modern, fast-paced world! Spoken in 'down-to-earth language' and not 'church-language'-Keeping its true meaning! We do this because Jesus spoke in Parables to tell people the Good News, as in His time many people were able to understand what He was saying by allowing them to use their imagination and mind to focus on the words. Today we do the same!
Some of us can play musical instruments; normally we play from a computer having the music stored on there for us to sing along too.
Many of us before we came to church, felt like we were not good enough for some reason...Thats totally wrong!
One member said,
"From personal experience I was greeted with warmth and security; I didn't feel uncomfortable or like I was being judged..."
We only ask one thing from you...Come to church with an open mind, a desire to learn and...expect to get just that! It is about enjoying ourselves in communion with God; church is meant and is a happy place!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
If you allow God to help you out in your daily life-He will do GREAT things for you!
If you need anymore information or you need someone to talk to, any prayer requests, directions to the church or requests for a bible study, or just a general chat, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs.