Tyne and Wear
All Saints Church is regarded nationally and internationally as the birthplace of a global religious revolution - the modern Pentecostal movement.
During a church meeting the power of the Holy Spirit is believed to have descended upon the Reverend Alexander Boddy (vicar of the church) and he began speaking ‘in tongues’. This is a heavenly language that cannot be learnt but is considered to be a gift from God. Within days of the miracle, several other people in the congregation were also speaking in tongues. News quickly spread of such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and great numbers of people travelled to Monkwearmouth to attend the services.
Today, there are over 500 million people who are part of the Christian Pentecostal Movement which all began at that church meeting in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland in September 1907.