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!
What are we here for? To think about the big questions in life (we do ask lots of questions!), to get to know Jesus better, and to encourage each other in living out our faith. You do not need to have a faith to come along! We hold a variety of services and social events, which you can read more about elsewhere on this website.
As you will see above, our churches’ mission statement is:
To make Christ’s love known in the community we serve.
And, by the way, we take Safeguarding very seriously in our churches. A copy of each parish’s Safeguarding Policy is on display at each church. Our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer can be contacted on 01904 699524 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for visiting!
To contact us, you can:
use Facebook (“St Andrew’s Church, Sutton Park and St Peter’s, Wawne”)
email the Vicar: email@example.com
phone 01482 838486
Monthly Blog for August 2020:
In my Bible I have as a bookmark a photo of a simple Japanese bowl. The bowl was broken at some stage, but was repaired with gold in the cracks! It’s a Japanese form of pottery repair, called Kintsugi: “the art of broken pieces”. Instead of throwing a broken piece of pottery away or of trying to glue the pieces together to hide the cracks, the Japanese repair it and make a feature of the breaks. They use lacquer mixed with gold, silver or platinum.
I find this really powerful when applied to us and our lives.
We are taught to hide our weaknesses, not to admit to them, because, we think, they weaken us and mar the perfect image we want to present. If we throw away a chipped plate or bowl, shouldn’t it be the same for us, we believe.
What about us and God? We perhaps think, “God’s always focussing on our sinfulness, our failings, and He doesn’t approve of them.” If we have a chipped cup, we don’t notice that all the rest of it is fine, we only notice the chip and think we should get rid of it, to avoid germs. And maybe we think that God feels the same way about us?
Well, NO! God can see all of the imperfections in us, and He only points them out in order to help us to do something about them. And He can turn the worst imperfections into wonderful strengths, just like the Japanese with their Kintsugi pottery. He can lovingly put us together when we feel broken or chipped or second-rate. and He can actually turn those weak areas into something wonderful.
Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.” I don’t think Hemingway would have been talking about God at work, but certainly for Christians, God can gently gather the bits together, know how to fit them back together, and glue them back with gold seams. Isn’t that exactly what He did with Peter who was overcome with guilt at denying Jesus? Jesus gently allowed Peter to undo his denial of Jesus and to accept forgiveness. Isn’t that also what Jesus did with St Paul who had persecuted Christians and had to learn that “when I am weak, I am strong.”
Maybe the events of this year have exposed cracks or chips in us; God can gently mend those – with gold!