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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:
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To make Christ’s love known in the community we serve.

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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:  safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org

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Thanks for visiting!
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To contact us, you can:
use Facebook (“St Andrew’s Church, Sutton Park and St Peter’s, Wawne”)
email the Vicar: cjvanstraaten@gmail.com
phone 01482 838486
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Monthly Blog for July 2020:

I wonder whether we expect too much of ourselves when difficulties arise. We expect ourselves to rise to the challenge, to learn lots through it, to grow as people, and to triumph! All the more so for us as Christians; we have an in-built sense of duty telling us that we must pass through the difficulty smiling and waving, as it were. We are failing God if we falter, we feel.
I’ve noticed this when talking to people who are grieving: “I don’t seem to be coping very well,” they say guiltily, “and yet it’s six months/a year/ two years ago.” They feel they ought to be coping better. Perhaps it’s the same in the current crisis: we ought to be getting all those tasks around the house and garden done; we ought to be using our time better – after all, we’ve got more of it; we ought to be growing in our faith, and praying more; we ought to be exercising more. And after all, we hear about others learning all sorts of new skills, doing home baking, writing letters, going for long walks, reading worthy books…..!
Surely the main thing about any difficult time is just getting through it, surviving! Anything else is a bonus. If we aim just to get through each day of grief or each difficult day at present, that’s enough. Expecting a lot of ourselves  invites us to criticise ourselves and to be disappointed with ourselves, and makes getting through it more difficult.
Before I was ordained, we lived in Spain for two years, working as lay workers in a tiny church in Alicante. It was a very difficult time for the three of us (we only had one child at that time). What helped me greatly was realizing that our main task there was not all the doing I thought we should be doing, but just to survive. That was the challenge. Once I realised that, I relaxed, stopped striving to DO things, and worked on just coping. And it worked!
In Isaiah, chapter 43 it says:
“Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters I will be with you,
and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel., your Saviour.”
God will get us through and will protect us; it doesn’t say that it will be easy or that God expects us to smile and wave as we go through it!
Chris

Chris