A town of about 100,000 people in North East, England, Stockton-on-Tees owes its existence to its crossing-point near the mouth of the River Tees.
The city has a long history, dating back to the 12th Century. It’s famous for being one end of the world’s first steam railway, which brought coal from inland to the port and carried passengers.
Like many towns and cities in the western world, Stockton rose as a powerhouse of heavy engineering (iron, steel, shipbuilding, railways, chemicals) only to fall in the later half of the 20th Century as those industries and their jobs move to countries like Korea and China.
Unemployment and empty factory-sites leave a sense of lost glory, heightened by the ‘poor relation’ status of the North East compared to the prosperous South of England.
But there is much to be proud of – if’s you’ve ever struck a match, ridden on a railway, used Dulux paint or seen a film by Ridley Scott, you owe something to Stockton.
A spirit of cooperation and Kingdom-mindedness has emerged among the church's in Stockton-on-Tees. Pastors from eight churches located near the city's center meet weekly to pray for each other's ministries and revival in their community.
The churches have cooperated in welcoming asylum seekers into the community and share an annual open-air Pentecost service.