About Us

Welcome to Sunderland Minster.

We  are seeking to be "Open to God, Open to all."

The Minster is a place of prayer, worship, God's love, community action, friendship and much more.

We are part of the Inclusive Church network.

Formerly St Michael and All Angels Bishopwearmouth or Bishopwearmouth Parish Church, was first built around 900AD but due to many alterations little remains of the earlier constructions. The church served the majority of the area south of the River Wear and came under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Durham – hence Bishopwearmouth. On January 11th 1998 the church was inaugurated as Sunderland Minster by Rt Rev Michael Turnbull, Bishop of Durham. The Minster aims to be supportive of ecumenical, industrial, University and other educational and leisure activities. It provides a meeting place for people from all over the City as well as a centre of worship on a daily basis. The church was once again renamed on Tuesday May 1st 2007 as the Minster Church of St Michael & All Angels and St Benedict Biscop.

The Minster is a superb venue for Concerts, Gigs, Theatre, Civic Events, Ceremonies, Fayres, Services, Weddings.

In these times of the pandemic things have changed - keep an eye on our Facebook page for news and events.


Sunday mornings:

9:45 a.m. Sung Eucharist (Common Worship)

11:15 a.m. "FEAST" (informal all-age worship)

Sunday evenings:

First of month 6:00 p.m. Taize

Second of month 6:00 p.m. Open Table (LGBTQIA+ Eucharist)

Third of month 4:30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)

Tuesday: 12.00 p.m. Midday Prayers (online)

Thursday: 12:15 p.m. Eucharist (Common Worship)

Friday: 12:00 p.m. Inclusive Language Prayers