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 1130 am in person or online via YouTube and afterwards for coffee & chat.

St Ninians Church
Ivy Lane,
Low Fell, Gateshead



We are currently meeting in person weekly at St Ninians.

There is great parking and easy access. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

 We anticipate this arrangement will last until renovation work is complete on Chowdene Chapel.

New to church – why not join us on this new chapter of our journey – a warm welcome awaits.



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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.

Our name comes from the chapel where we started in Low Fell. After more than ten years in a borrowed venue our family &  chapel are about to embark on an exciting  journey of transformation into a beautiful community hub,




The church family meets every Sunday at 11am.

Our 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.




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

Starting with a toddler group for our youngest, right through to lunch clubs and walking groups for our older family members and everything in between check the information below to find out more.


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)

 On the first Sunday of every month at 10am we join as a smaller group of the church community to join in corporate prayer. We 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

For under 3s.  There are toys, books and space to run  in the dance studio next door to the main hall.

Parents with young children are invited to come and go as they feel the need, either leaving their child to be looked after by the creche helpers or staying with them.

Toddlers (Midweek)
Every Thursday morning in term-time, 9.15 – 10.45, for pre-school children and their parents/carers. A free-play time, including ride-on toys, craft, construction, role play, etc., is followed by snack and then communal nursery rhyme singing.

On the last Thursday of each month, there is an optional extra Bible story session at 10.45

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.

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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.

Holiday Club
In the summer each year we hold a week long holiday club for children in Primary (Infants or Junior) school.

This year the dates are 3-7 August 10.00 – 12.00 each morning, with an all-age service to celebrate the week on Sunday 9th August at Emmanuel College.

Our theme this year is WonderZone, and we will be making some amazing scientific discoveries, and finding out more about who God is each day.

  •  Xstream Team

Our exciting pre-teens group, meets on Sunday morning from 11 .15 to 12.15 .

Using fun games and activities we explore the Bible together as we seek to engage with and empower our your people. As a group we are learning who God is, what He does and how we can get involved.

Our aim is to inspire pre-teens to meet God through the Bible, so if you are in school years 5 to 7 come along and find out more.

Youth Group
For young people in Y7 and older. Most Saturday evenings the Youth meet for pool, table tennis, games, a meal together and a Bible study discussion.
Book Club
Currently a number of parents and grandparents are reading through ‘Raising Faith’ by Katherine Hill and Andy Frost.

We meet in informal groups to discuss what we have read during the last week of each month.

Chowdene Choir
Singing for fun, community, laughter and the occasional performance. A new project that has really got off the ground. All ages welcome. No experience required. No auditions. Talk to Gill or Ruth for details/

The mighty men of Chowdene meeting together for bloke chat, breakfast and a guest speaker. A very “non churchy” environment so bring your mates. Quarterly, see news page or Facebook for details.




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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