Bede Methodist Circuit

Opening Times

Monday & Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
(Closed Bank Holidays)

Grace Place South Shields
Meet Our Wonderful Team

Angela Lishman
Project Manager

Pauline Bittlestone
Shop Manager








Margaret B

Margaret F

Margaret S



What is Grace Place

Grace Place is a coffee drop-in in the centre of South Shields run by the Methodist churches in the town. Offering a free cuppa and a scone, and a place to sit and chat, we have built up a little community of vulnerable or lonely people and a place for anyone and everyone to sit down and take the weight off their feet.

A Place of Grace for All

We don’t evangelise, we simply show the face of Jesus and the grace of God. All are welcome, none is judged

Chapel & Quiet Reflection

To one side is a small Chapel – which is used for worship, prayer. It is available for anyone for quiet reflection and private prayer.


Our visitors come from across the social spectrum. Homeless, vulnerable through mental health issues, lonely elderly, or just passing by – we usually have someone at the door inviting in passers-by. Over the years we have gathered many regulars, on first-name terms with most of them. We know how they like their hot drinks, we know their foibles. They have made friends and will sit and chat with each other.


We have information on drop-ins, soup kitchens, food banks, Samaritans and other agencies within South Tyneside and a collection point for goods for one of the food banks. We have a Messy Church-style craft table for young people, but many of the adults use it too – if you are homeless or lonely or living in a grim bed-sit, you have no-where to

A Vision to Ministry

It all started five years ago, when West Harton Methodist Church, in South Shields, rented a shop in the main shopping street for six weeks over Easter to offer free hospitality in the form of a hot drink and a scone or hot cross bun. It was only ever intended to be a “one off” but seemed to be so necessary that it has been run for six weeks at Easter and Christmas ever since, and over the years we have gathered many regulars round us. We have been in four different retail premises over the time, but the format has always been more or less the same.

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