Churches launch new community project with Valentine’s event

First published on: 7th February 2022

As part of a new project based out of Rising Sun Country Park, located in Benton in the heart of North Tyneside, five neighbouring churches are working together to aid and support their community.

The churches involved – St Mark’s Shiremoor, St John’s Killingworth, Church of the Good Shepherd Battle Hill, St John’s Wallsend and Wallsend Salvation Army – form a new project called ‘Rising Sun Neighbours’.

Their first event - a Valentine’s Activity Trail - hosted a range of friendly activities such as selfie frames, bird feeders, stone painting and treasure hunts. It was a huge success, with over 200 in attendance.

Revd Dr Rae Caro, Priest-in-charge at St Mark’s Shiremoor said: “We are building friendships between the churches, celebrating the beautiful surroundings of the Rising Sun and looking to find new ways of being good neighbours to our communities.”

Revd Julie Mooney, Vicar at Church of the Good Shepherd, Battle Hill, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for outreach to the people who visit the Country Park, as well as the people living in the new estates in the vicinity.

“It is wonderful that these five churches are working in partnership on this initiative, and by doing so we hope to spread the Good News of Jesus even further.”

Contact information for each of the five churches involved is available below:

Revd Sarah Moon, St John’s Killingworth:

Revd Dr Rae Caro, St Mark’s Shiremoor:

Revd Emma Duff, St John’s Wallsend:

Revd Julie Mooney, Church of the Good Shepherd Battle Hill:

Luke Cozens, Wallsend Salvation Army:  

To learn more about the organisation and any of their future events, please visit their Facebook page here.

Images of the event are available below:

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