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Sunderland, a city in the north east of England, is approximately 12 miles from the city of Newcastle. Just as Solomon state: ‘To every thing there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1) In 1972 Brother Shi-Hung Hsiao (now Deacon Roung-Kuang Hsiao) who studied in Germany, together with Brother Keith Hon, an Englishman who was baptised in Taiwan, visited the brethren in the UK accompanied by Brother Yau and Brother Liew. Their visits served as a milestone for the future development of the Church in Sunderland.


The House of Prayer was established in Sunderland on 12th November 1972. Its beginning included the observation of the Sabbath in bro Kai-Pou Liu’s restaurant. But this temporary arrangement later gave way to the use of a hired school hall. To educate the young, an additional classroom was hired to accommodate the children class, whereas the youth class would meet on Mondays in a take away shop. Having classes in a take away shop caused complaints from neighbours and prompted investigation by the police. So the venue had to be moved again and again. The school janitor controlled the access to the hall and classroom. If the janitor failed to turn up, the members would have to gather at the side of the playground, and disperse after a few hymns and prayer. The thought of having a permanent place of worship, a church, was very much the top priority because of the irregularities and the constant interruptions encountered. They then put their effort in praying to God and seeking for a suitable place.


In autumn 1977, a four-storey office building in Stockton Road at the south side of the city was purchased at the then price of £6,000. After some simple renovations this office converted to church was established to the Lord on 16th July 1979. On this day of dedication the congregation gave praises and thanksgiving to the Lord for his abundant grace.


After the first church dedication, the increase of members had compelled the church to consider acquiring another bigger premises. After several months of searching, the members found that a Methodist church which was up for sale. Many parties bid for the building, but it was the owner’s wish that the building be continued to use for religious purposes after the sale. With the Lord’s help, hindrances were overcome, and the building was purchased with £25,000.  A Spiritual Convocation and Church Dedication took place on 12th – 14th July 1982.


After a few years, the members gradually felt that though the premises was big, but rather impractical. There were not enough classrooms. Also major renovation work was necessary due to the age of the building. It was in 1991, after unanimous approval by the congregation that a committee was formed to implement the project of renovation and the building of classrooms. 

Also major renovation work was necessary due to the age of the building. It was in 1991, after unanimous approval by the congregation that a committee was formed to implement the project of renovation and the building of classrooms.


Day Time Activity
Saturday 12:00 – 12:30 Prayer
  12:30 – 12:45 Hymnal Worship
  12:45 – 14:00 Sabbath Early Afternoon Service 
  14:00 – 14:30 Refreshments
  14:30 – 14:45 Hymnal Worship
  14:45 – 15:45 Sabbath Late Afternoon Service
Sunday 13:00 – 15:00 Service
  13:00 – 15:00 Religious Education Classes
Wednesday 13:00 – 14:00 Service 
Friday 18:30 – 19:30 Sabbath Evening Service 


  • Spring Evangelistic Service
    • Date: Saturday 1st April 2023
    • Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Theme: The Way Of Salvation
  • Annual Spiritual Convocation
    • Date: Sunday 2nd July to Tuesday 4th July
    • Time and Theme: TBC


By Car

Our church is close to the Monkwearmouth Bridge, opposite the Stagecoach bus depot. For sat nav/Google Maps use: SR6 0AY

By Bus or By Foot

​There are bus stops around the church area and the main Sunderland bus station, Park Lane is about a 20 minute walk. 

You can take the E1 or E6 bus and get off at Dundas Street outside Monkwearmouth Health Centre and walk down.

By Metro

​There are two metro station that is close to Sunderland Church (Stadium of Light and St Peter’s). If coming from the northbound then take the South Hylton train, but if you are coming from the southbound then take the airport train.

The closest metro station to Sunderland Church is St Peter’s. For more information please go to