The People’s Mission is a free evangelical church situated at the Lawe Top in South Shields.

The People’s Mission is a warm and welcoming group of believers who love Jesus, who believe the Bible to be the reliable and true word of God, and who desire to share the life-changing Good News of the Gospel with as many people as possible. Our Mission is to guide people of all backgrounds into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We come together for services on a Sunday at 11.00 and 6.00pm as well as many different meetings throughout the week. We hold our Communion Services on the evening of the first Sunday in the month and the morning of the third Sunday in the month.

Our meetings are attended by people from not just the Lawe Top area but from throughout South Tyneside and a warm welcome is given to all who would like to join with us in worship.


Visit our What We Believe page to understand more about what we believe in.


A Brief History of the People’s Mission

The People’s Mission is a free evangelical church situated at the Lawe Top in South Shields.


Official opening of the Mission in Wellington Street – Easter Sunday April 17th 1892

12th April 1893      

Ten trustees appointed

12th April  1893     

Annual meeting of members established a young men’s class, a Christian Endeavour society and a Mission band.


Mr George Bowman – one of the founders and a trustee appointed  as secretary and as Sunday School superintendent.  He held both appointments until his death in 1932. The Mission, belonging to the people, was often referred to as “Bowman’s Mission.”

In those early days, whole families joined the Mission, leaving no doubt of their personal commitment and testimony to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which was instrumental in building up the fellowship.


The League of Prayer began weekly meetings (now ceased)


We are served by visiting preachers and members of our own fellowship.

Sunday                11am and 6pm

Sunday                11am Sunday School

Monday               Children’s meeting : Klik and HUB

                              Ladies’ Fellowship (monthly)

                              Prayer meeting

Tuesday               Ladies’ Bible Study

                              Home Group

Wednesday         Church Bible Study

                              Lunch Club (fortnightly)

Thursday             Parent and Toddlers

Friday                  Band Practice

We have meetings at other times to support charities and special times for Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

The purpose of all our gatherings is to present the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to see souls saved. As a fellowship, as we always have done, we rely upon God our Father for wisdom and grace – he has brought us this far and we look to Him to guide us in the future. We praise Him for all that is past and trust him for all that’s to come.