St Mary’s, Newton by the Sea

St Mary’s Low-Newton is a small church with a big heart! Set on the approach to one of Northumberland’s best coastal views, we welcome visitors and passers-by all year round! We seek to offer a place of rest and refuge; a space to reflect, pray and find community. We have a lively and welcoming worship schedule including both services of Holy Communion and family worship for all ages. Our style of worship is informal, easy-going and participatory. One of our gifts as a congregation is hospitality and welcome, and we love to meet new people and share in conversation and fellowship.

We are surrounded by beautiful coastland and we use this to inspire and enrich our worshipping life. Most recently, we have set up a prayer space using shells and stones collected by our ‘Picnic Church’ congregation. St Mary’s, a charming tin-tabernacle, was originally built as a mission room and that foundation still shapes our life and worship today. We love engaging with our community, finding opportunities to celebrate, and championing local and global charities and causes. The church is open daily for visitors and you are most welcome to use the space as you need, including as a sheltered picnic spot!

the wooden interior of st mary's showing wooden walls, light wood pews and a wooden altar
the interior of st marys church showing the wooden walls, the altar and a table covered with a cloth with a display of flowers and rocks and a board of post its with phrases about the seaside
the exterior of st marys it's a light green small wooden building surrounded by a dry stone wall


As part of our recent sustainability survey we are exploring how we best use our building to serve both our local community and visitors to the area. We want to be creative it how we use our building, investigating new activities and initiatives such as ‘champing’ (church camping), Small Pilgrim Places and collaborating with other community projects. We also want to continue to engage with our surroundings and take steps to becoming an eco-church, taking seriously the 5th mark of mission - ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.

Visit Us

St Mary's is usually open in daylight hours.

You can find us at Low Newton on the approach to the beach.

If you'd like to talk about a special visit or organising a service please contact us at

Sunday worship pattern

Week 2: Holy Communion at 11:15am
Week 4: Morning Praise (Family Worship) at 11:15am

Picnic Church

We share Picnic Church with other churches - please see the calendar of services for more information.


Holy Communion, St Mary Newton

Sun, June 9 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Low Newton NE66