Welcome to this website! We are two churches in East Hull and then out into the East Riding a little. As part of the Church of England, our churches lie in parishes, which is the area round the church. St Andrew’s Parish is Sutton Park but also part of South Bransholme, while St Peter’s is in Wawne but includes all of North Bransholme and Kingswood in the parish. But wherever you live, in Hull, Wawne or beyond, you are welcome to try out either one of our churches and see whether it is right for you. St Andrew’s is a modern building with a congregation of mixed ages, while St Peter’s is a beautiful old building (we celebrated 900 years in 2015!) with a congregation mostly of retired people, but looking to widen the age range!
To make Christ’s love known in the community we serve.
Monthly Blog for December 2018:
The decorations seem to go up earlier and earlier each year. Last year I remember seeing a house in full Christmas regalia with lights and trees – in October! No wonder, then, that people get tired of their decorations, and as I drive round Hull and Wawne once Christmas is over, it seems that many people take down their decorations and throw out their trees around the turn of the year. It’s as if people think that Christmas is a happy party at the end of the year, a reward for getting through the year, but is not appropriate at the beginning of a new one. They seem to be saying, “Christmas, nice as it is, is unreal. Cold January is a time for serious work, so tidy up, get on with serious living, and close your curtains again.”
The church (as so often!) takes a different view. We wait right up until Christmas to start celebrating and then we take some time doing so (all the 12 days of Christmas), and that celebration carries on into the new year and ends with Epiphany on 6 January. That’s the day we remember the Wise Men finding the child Jesus (the Bible calls him a child, not a baby, at this stage). And, of course, the Wise Men were probably Gentiles, not Jews, so are our ancestors in a way.
All this surely reinforces the Bible’s claim that God wants the joy and hope of Christmas to carry through into the new year. It’s we who throw out the joy and hope with the Christmas tree; God wants it to last. And the journeying after truth that the Wise Men did is for us as well, searching for the truth, through the year.
A happy Christmas to you, and best wishes as you search after the truth. I’m intending to take the hope of Emanuel – God with us – into January and on into 2019.