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 September 2019:

For people who live in Hull there is a huge Freedom Festival in the city on the first weekend in September. Of course, it celebrates William Wilberforce (who came from Hull) and the fight against slavery 200 years ago, but there are more modern links too, like Hull’s link with Freetown in Sierra Leone.

Some years ago I visited a slavers’ castle in Cape Coast in Ghana. A castle sits right on the coast, and inside it is a pretty chapel where slave traders used to pray for the success of their business. Right underneath the chapel is a dungeon, with a tunnel leading out from it to the sea close by. Slaves were kept here for months, with no facilities at all, then taken out through the tunnel, never to return. It’s estimated that about 12 m people were taken from Africa across the Atlantic in the whole course of the slave trade.

The Bible talks about God setting us free through Jesus. Rather than me trying to give pat explanations of what this means, it’s worth us thinking for ourselves: “What makes me feel trapped or imprisoned?” And then: “Can Jesus really do anything about that?” Interestingly,  about 250 years ago one slave trader had his own experience of God and found freedom. It led him to give up enslaving others and to change his life. John Newton wrote “Amazing grace” about this experience of his.

With best wishes,