What sort of church is St John's?
We are a very friendly and active church with lots going on. We're an evangelical church which means we believe that the Bible is God's authority on all matters of belief and behaviour and that the gospel of Jesus brings real hope and real change. We are part of the Church of England. To find out more about what we believe, see here.
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 activities do you do?
As well as our main Sunday services at 10.30am and 6.30pm, we run a wide range of other activities for ages from 0 to 100, both at weekends and during the week. Have a look here for more details. Coming along to one of the Sunday services is a great way to start being involved.
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 from 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 the collection bag on.
After the 10.30am and 6.30pm services there's time to chat with tea, coffee and biscuits 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.
Do I need to be a Christian?
No you don't, people often come to our services or events to find out more about Christianity. You won't be put under any pressure to join the church or become a Christian, but you will hear about living God's way as described in the Bible. Our aim is to help you find out the facts about Christianity so you can make your own decision - if you hear something you don't understand or don't like, please talk to someone about it and we will help you further.
Is there a dress code?
No, just come as you are.
Can I bring my children on Sundays?
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 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 0-4s. 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 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?
We run a number of small groups called Home Groups where you can get to know people better. There is also a wide range of other mid-week activities. Ask one of the stewards for more information or check out the list of what we do.
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. We also have a loop system for hearing aid users and can provide large-print service sheets or (by prior arrangement) Braille service sheets.