St James' Church 


St James' is a church where Jesus is central,

the Bible is our guide and every person is important



The Precautions against cross-infection have been updated by HM Government.

Therefore, St James’ Church and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed both for both public worship services, and also for private prayer, until further notice.

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have indicated that some regular services will be live streamed on FaceBook. 

Also, look out for any extra details on the BBC daily schedules for more information on this, or anything extra they may do.

Update: Sat  25 March

Open Church


Sadly, St James' Church building

will now have to be closed

until further notice.

The Museum, and all routine or planned events inside

the Old School,

have likewise closed

until further notice.

Please note that all other events or timings that are already posted below this notice,

or on other pages, are to be ignored -

until further notice,

or the current emergency ends

and life returns to normal.

Everyone, please, stay safe,

for all our sakes, follow official advice and guidance, and don't allow yourself to be alarmed by the inevitable 'rumour mill'.


Help one another.

Until we all can meet again,


Click here to read a personal message

from Rev.d Gloria Naylor

vicar of St James', Sutton on Hull

Messages will also be posted on


click the 'Posts' link when opened

to see latest messages

In the meantime, we bring you the following smilers ... not to be taken! Or too seriously.

These are two of the posters we have inside our Old School Museum!     CHIN UP !

St James was a fisherman, signified by this scallop shell

This is our Front Door  -

you are most welcome

to come in and see us.

Perhaps you're new

to the district and

would like to join us.

You are most welcome.

The Church Office

The Church Office

in front of

The Old School

photo: Alan Thurloe

The Old School Museum &

Family History Centre


This is also the time of year when couples often get engaged:

please note that our arrangements for enquiries

about booking weddings have changed


date details on the News Page

let us sing !

With open hearts and

open doors we

welcome you to come

and worship with us.

Bring a Friend

and come prepared to sing !

Church Services at St James



1st and 3rd Sunday

10.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

2nd Sunday

10.00 a.m.

Morning Prayer

4th Sunday

10.00 a.m.

Family Service

2nd and 4th Sunday 

8.00 a.m.

Holy Communion 



10.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

Church Office  Tel: 01482 703182

postcode :    HU7 4TL

If you would like to contact the vicar, the Revd Gloria Naylor,

you can do so at:-


Tel: 01482 783143 (Rectory)

If your enquiry is to seek grave information with a view to

burial of ashes, please contact the Church Office in the first place.

For other grave enquiries, in relation to Family History, there is more detailed information further below.

Wedding Enquiries

Congratulations on your engagement and your decision to get married in church. We are happy to help you to commit your lives to one another and

to ask God to bless your marriage.

Please contact our vicar,

The Revd Gloria Naylor,

for a Monday appointment. 

More information can be found by clicking the WEDDINGS link

in the Menu

one of our eight bells

view from

the Tower

Sutton on Hull

War Memorial

1914 ~ 1919


1939 ~ 1945

photo taken 12 Nov 2018

A Timetable of Weekly Events

held at St Mark's Church on Bellfield Ave

is now posted on the St Mark's page -

click in the menu

There is a map to assist visitors to Sutton ;

use the link in the menu on the left.

Thank you for visiting our website. 

The warmest of welcomes awaits you

here at St James' Church.

People of all ages and from many walks of life are members of our church. Inspired and strengthened by God, we serve our community in many ways, sharing God’s love as Jesus taught us to do.

Our main Sunday service is Holy Communion at 10am, on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month.  Every 4th Sunday of the month there is a Family Service at 10am.  For those who want to start Sunday with a quiet service there is also Holy Communion at 8am, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. 

Baptisms are usually at 12 - noon on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, and also the 5th Sunday when there is one. 

We are able to celebrate weddings, to offer baptism and to give thanks to God for a person’s life at a funeral, to people living in our parish.

St James' is the historic church in Sutton-on-Hull, a Grade I Listed Building dating from 1349, which many people enjoy exploring when they visit the village. Former residents, and many other people with past family connections here, come here for special events in their lives, where St James' timeless history means a great deal to them.  Over the centuries, our churchyard has been the burial place of thousands of residents whose many descendants are now sprinkled to the farthest corners of this earth.

For more details, including a map,

please follow the links on the left.

Please note these updated Church Office opening times:

Monday : 11am to 1pm

and Wednesday & Friday

between 10am and 12-noon.

Tel: 01482 703182


a selection of photos may appear

down here from time to time.

For those seeking more information about the

history of St James' Church itself,

a brief history is provided on the

Sutton & Wawne Website

[or click on the Old School image]

Scroll down the left-hand menu and

click on the CHURCH HISTORY button

when you get there.

There is also a great deal more information about the

village and general area, including Wawne and Stoneferry, including a full list of graves in the churchyard.

This is where you will also find photos

and listings of all the names on our

War Memorial, as well as 14 CWGC War Graves

and 5 Family War Graves

in our churchyard

It's the site to go to for local family history help.



Basic details of the locations of graves in the churchyard, and inscriptions on the stones and monuments, are held by the Family Historians in the Museum, inside the Old School (the former St James Cof E School). They can be viewed in their Monumental Inscription booklet, along with a basic churchyard map, on Fridays, 10am - 2pm.  These records  were compiled by volunteers and only date from the 1970s.  Even then, they only record the memorials that were still standing at that time, and so only on marked graves. 

More detailed information regarding the exact plot number of a grave, including those for which there has been no stone or memorial visible since the 1970s, can only be obtained in the Church Office, where the parish clerk has access to a more detailed plan with plot numbers for most internments. But again, for very early burials, most records have been lost, and a search may not neccessarily yield a positive result.  There is a search fee payable for all such searches, the amount of which is laid down by the Diocese of York and is standard across all such churches, and over which neither the vicar nor the clerk has any discretion.


However, most of the 1,700 gravestones and memorials that were recorded in the Monumental Inscription book, were photographed by Sutton photographer Bernard Sharp in 2005.  The Museum holds a digital archive of most of those that were still reasonably readable, and not covered with ivy or undergrowth, etc, as many have since become.  Again, on-screen photos can be seen on Fridays.  There is a list of these on the Museum website; click the 'Churchyard' button and follow the links.   They also hold a small archive of all 14 CWGC war graves, and 5 family war graves that are part of the overall collection, and they are visible for free on the  S&W MUSEUM WEBSITE.

a couple of samples  .. .. .. .. .. .. ..


Parish Safeguarding Adviser - 

The Revd Gloria Naylor

Tel. No   01482 783143

We follow Diocesan Safeguarding Protocols

 Diocesan Safeguarding

Useful Links:-


The Font

The 12c Font

The Font Cover

Armistice Centenary 2018  ~  taken on 12 Nov 2018

Sutton War Memorial

Sir John de Sutton

1310 ~ 1357

Knight of The Realm ~ 

he fought at Crécy 1346

25 Church Street  Sutton on Hull  HU4 4TL  :: 

St James' is a parish of the

 Church of England in the Diocese of York

For the curious, the background image is a graphic constructed of images of some of our lovely carvings on

the end of our church pews.