St Mary, Newton by the Sea (a church in the Parish of Embleton)

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

Saint Mary’s Church at Newton-by-the-Sea is part of the Parish of Embleton. It was originally built as a Mission Room towards the end of the 19th century. Parish records show that regular evening services were held here in the late 1890’s. In 1902 permission was granted for the building to be licensed for the celebration of Holy Communion and for Baptism. During the ensuing year alterations took place to create Newton Mission Church, and Holy Communion was first celebrated on 29th November 1903. James Richard Carss, was the first person to be baptised on 12th December 1903. The Vicar, Reverend W.E. Bolland, officiated.

In the early years the building was used as the Church and Village Hall, probably until the “Women’s Institute Hall” was erected after the First World War. When this hall was closed in 1996 Newton Church Committee agreed that, once again, the Church could be used for Village meetings. It has since been used for all meetings of the Civil Parish Council, Exhibitions and Concerts.


In 1994 the Church was re-roofed with steel sheeting. In 1997 the building was rewired and new lighting and electric heaters were installed. In 1998 the floor was carpeted.

In 2006 a ramp leading up to the door for wheelchair access was installed.

Today this little church bought in kit form (see links below) over a hundred years ago, continues to serve the small population and holidaymakers of Newton and it plays an important part in the life of the village.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Tin Tabernacle</span>

Our small and happily informal church family assures you of a warm welcome at St Mary, Newton. A fascinating tin church on the road to Low Newton with its wonderful beach. 


In the parish of Embleton: Holy Trinity and our daughter churches of St Mary, Newton and St Peter, Craster are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Newcastle’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services. 

Get in touch

Rev Alison Hardy

The Vicarage

NE66 3UW
What's on

All Age Morning Worship

Monthly. Every Second Sunday at for 45 mins
St Mary, Newton by the Sea (a church in the Parish of Embleton)
St Mary's (The Tin Church) Newton by the Sea Alnwick, NE66 3HW, GB

An informal service for all ages where we learn what it means to follow Jesus and enjoy getting to know him and each other.

When inside this church for services and events the toilet is FULLY available to all. It is not open to the public outside of services and events.

Notices Church_news