With the people of Byker since 1862..
St Michael’s with St Lawrence has been an important part of the Byker Community for over 150 years. We are still here and we’re not going anywhere!
We are a family of people from different backgrounds, old and young who together try to work out what it is to be a follower of Jesus today. We meet on Sundays at 11am to worship, give thanks to God and study the Bible.
Our tradition is Anglican but with a Byker twist! We’re always looking for fresh ideas and creative ways we can bring the good news of Jesus to people. Our services try to be family friendly and fun (just like God).
The Church is here for the benefit of the whole community and we want to show the people of Byker the amazing love of God. We are here for people through all the stages of life and we offer a place where everyone is welcomed and accepted whether you are religious or not.
Our two homes
We are a Church based in two places: St Michael’s Church and St Michael’s Centre. Our traditional home is the beautiful 19th Century Church building situated on Headlam Street at the top of Byker. It has the best views of Newcastle in the city (believe me!) and now has the beautiful Byker Garden surrounding it.
We worship in a tent!
In November 2016, after 15 years away, the congregation of St Michael’s made the move back to the building for regular Sunday worship. We use a temporary marquee in the main space of the building to create an intimate and attractive worship area that can be heated in winter. This has been a valuable first step in discerning the future development, direction and need of the building in the Byker Community.
The Church has undergone major repairs over the past 10 years and there is still much to do to update the building but it’s still a great place to worship, inspire and bring people together. The Lighthouse project is our vision to modernize the building for the Community of Byker.
St Michael’s Centre
Our other home is the St Michael’s Centre, an old bakery on Raby Cross. This is a great space for our church to come together, and is where our Cross Café drop in is located as well as being the home of our regular Youth Cafe.
St Michael’s is a member of Mission Initiative Newcastle East (MINE). MINE is a group of neighbouring churches in the east end of Newcastle who are committed to learning and working together.