mission state

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:  safeguarding@yorkdiocese.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: cjvanstraaten@gmail.com
phone 01482 838486

Monthly Blog for January 2022 – Happy New Year!

Well, it’s that time of year again – Christmas decorations being packed away and thoughts of a fresh new year in front of us.  I don’t know how much of a goal setter you are, but I don’t really make resolutions around New Year.  Although I do think that reflecting on the year past and considering how things might be different in 2022 can be useful.

Last year at this time, I attended an online retreat entitled, ‘Gate of The Year.’ The title was based on four lines from a poem by Minnie Haskell who wrote:

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied,

‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!’

Now I could spend the rest of this blog writing about the content of these four lines, but I will leave them with you.  What I wanted to tell you was that, as part of the retreat last year, we were invited to ask God for a word or phrase that would serve as a word for the year – as if the next year was a brand new chapter in the book of our life and it had a chapter title.

The word I sensed God give me was ‘unencumbered.’  This was strange because I had never used this word before and had to look up its meaning– ‘to move forward without burdens.’

I held onto that word last year.  And it acted as umpire when facing some pretty important decisions for me…

And so, I would invite you to do the same this year.  Spend some time with God reflecting on 2021:  celebrate all that you have achieved, the struggles you have come through; mourn the losses you have experienced; sense the work of the Lord in your life and circumstances and develop gratitude for how He has held you through everything.

And then, as you lay the year down, look forward to 2022 and ask God for a word for this year – something that He wants to give you, or show you, or produce in you.  Listen to the still small voice of God rather than your own thoughts which tend to dominate.

Personally and in our churches this year I sense that the word is ‘Expectant.’  Which goes slightly against my natural grain as I was always brought up with the adage, ‘If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed!’ I get the feeling that God is wanting us to believe more, ask more, step out more, hope more – to give Him the opportunity to show his glory more, answer prayer more, transform lives more.

I pray that the God of all hope will make us expectant and joyful this year.

All the very best for 2022!

Rev Eileen Connolly

Curate, St Andrew’s & St Peter’s