Friendly family church Gateshead

A genuine, authentic church where EVERYONE is welcome and real friendships happen.
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In person services

Join us at the Strongpoint Centre. Our recently refurbished building is cozy and warm and fully wheelchair accessible.

Prayer meeting downstairs Sundays at 10am for around half an hour then join us at 1100 upstairs, in person or online via YouTube and afterwards for coffee & chat.

We have a programme of events across the week, including Alpha, Small Groups and drop in sessions. See below for more information,

The Strongpoint Centre
Chowdene Chapel
660 Durham Road
Low Fell


Limited on street parking is usually available and there is a public car park a few hundred metres away at the Thomas Wilson Club. Directions

Go Ahead bus  21 stops near to the Strongpoint Centre. The nearest bus stop is the Hutton Terrace stop.

Wednesday mornings from 1030

Join us downstairs in the cafe for a warm welcome, friendly chat & hot drinks

Bible Verse of the Day (NIV)

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Bible Verse of the Day (NLT)

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.


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Our church is a happy place

A joyful space

Where kids can be kids

Where the welcome is warm

Where the love is genuine

And there is much laughter

With music old and new

Solid, positive teaching

And great coffee, freshly brewed!

About Us

Chowdene is a genuinely friendly family church in Gateshead where everyone is welcome.

For the younger people we have Strongpoint Kids (age 3-9)

More activities coming soon.



Sundays start with a short prayer meeting downstairs at 10am.

The wider church family meets every Sunday at 11am. Strongpoint Kids stay with us for the first 15 minute sor so then they go downstairs to their own fun space.

Our Sunday meetings are usually just an hour or so and are a real family celebration with something for everyone.

Mixing modern and traditional worship songs and encouraging teaching there is something for everyone.

Additionally we have recently started a series of occasional 6pm evening meetings with the theme “Good News Sundays” See our Monday mail for details.


During the week, we meet in small groups in various locations and we also have a number of community based initiatives for all.

Tuesday evenings at 7.30 in the hall downstairs – study group, not too deep, all welcome.

Wednesdays we are currently open from 10.30 to 1300  – drop in for chat and a warm with soup around 12.

Also Wednesday morning 11-12 we have a study group which is following the same study as the Tuesday night.



Every week we enjoy talks from a wide range of speakers from within and outside of our church family.

Teaching messages seek to encourage and inform and our podcast is listened to across the globe. 

Whats happening –


Chowdene Church are a praying people that believe and depend on the power of prayer. We acknowledge that when we pray, we are coming to a loving father who requires us to pray and rewards our prayers; Our father in heaven … (Matt 6:9)

If you are in need of prayer, get in touch with us at or go to the prayer page to fill out a form and our prayer team will discretely and confidentially follow up on your request.

Our prayer vision is “For God to establish our church as a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6)”

We believe that through prayer, we serve one another, and we bring the power and importance of prayer into all the areas of the church ministries and we believe in the healing power of prayer; as the bible says; 

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7)

Every Sunday at 10am we join as a smaller group of the church community downstairs in the Strongpoint Centre  to join in corporate prayer. We sometimes also spend time praying for one another and celebrating answered prayer during our main morning gathering. We meet in house groups and other smaller groups to ensure that we are a praying church right throughout the week

Strongpoint Kids

Strongpoint Kids

For children aged 3 – 9. Children stay in for the first 20 minutes of the service and then go out to do fun, age-related activities in their own fun space downstairs at the Strongpoint Centre

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Small Groups / House Groups
Small Groups / House Groups

It’s great to gather around food to talk about what was discussed in a message, have fun, just hang out in a social setting. Various locations, mail to find out more.

In the local community
We partner with lots of local and national organisations who need practical help.

When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Safe Families is a Christian charity offering early intervention volunteer support to vulnerable children and families with the aims of preventing child neglect and abuse, stabilising the family and reducing the flow of children into the care system.

We have more than 20 volunteers working with the charity and have supported more than 100 children.

We are a local church with a global reach. We have a number of partners working across the world including –

About Strongpoint CIO

Chowdene Community Church, Gateshead (Charity No. 239787) began in the early 1960’s. The Trust Deed, established in 1964, governing its activities wasnt really fit for purpose 50 odd years on so the old Chowdene charity is being wound up. All assets and liabilities have been transfered to Strongpoint (11914030 , a new CIO with a new Board of Trustees, which is better placed to serve the community in broader ways into the future. Meanwhile Chowdene Church continues to be the name of the church family that meets Sundays and across the week.

Believe. Receive. Be Restored .

God’s Grace is a gift for everyone. None of us deserve it, however “good” we think we are. “Grace” is the most important concept in Christianity. It is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ. Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.

The Bible tells us – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
(Romans 3  v 23-24)  Visit us and find out more.

Our vision and values


go and make disciples… 

Our vision here at Chowdene Church in Gateshead is based on Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 28 to “Go and Make Disciples”  

We believe that the Local Church is God’s plan for the world and we meet each Sunday in Community to worship, equip and encourage one another and then go out and change the world around us,

In support of our Vision, we live out a set of dynamic values woven into our church culture and applied to all we seek to achieve. Read more below.

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