Frequently asked questions
Who comes to St John's?
We have a great variety of people as part of the church family at St John's, from all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Being close to Hull University, St John's is also popular with students.
What happens at the Sunday services?
Generally we sing a few songs or hymns, pray and are taught about a section of the Bible in a sermon of about 30 minutes. The services normally last between 60-90 minutes, you can watch a recent service here if you want to see what goes on. We usually take an offering of money to help pay for the work of the church, but this is for regular church members only - if you're visiting, just pass it on.
After the 10.30 and 6.30 services there's tea, coffee and biscuits in the church lounge area to the side of the main church so we can get to know each other better.
Do I have to sing?
Only if you want to. If you feel unsure about singing with other people (and many people do), just listen to everyone else.
Is there a dress code?
No, just come as you are.
Can I bring my children?
Yes, children make up a large and important part of our church family and are very welcome. However, the 30 minute sermon is mainly aimed at the grown ups and can be a bit boring for children, so in the morning we provide special activity groups for them during the service including a creche for 0-4's. Just follow the crowd when the children go out. There are no children's activities or creche at the evening services, but we encourage teenagers to be part of the service and go on to our Mark2 group afterwards.
Will I have to go up to the front?
No, everyone up at the front has volunteered to be there. At a communion service, anyone who is a follower of Jesus can, if they wish, go up to the table at the front to receive the bread and wine along with other members of the church.
I'm new to the area and want to meet people, how can St John's help?
In a church the size of St John's it can be hard to get to know people. We run a number of small groups called Homegroups where you can get to know people better. There are also a wide range of other mid-week activities. Ask one of the stewards for more information.
Is your church accessible if I have mobility problems?
Yes, and our stewards will be very willing to help you. We no longer have fixed pews in the building, so wheelchair users can sit anywhere, all access is ramped and we have an accessible toilet.