St James' Church 


St James' is a church where Jesus is central,

the Bible is our guide and every person is important


Update:  Tuesday 12 April 2022

St James’ Church

Everyone is always Welcome to

Our Sunday Worship

Come and join in

on Sundays at 10am

The Rev. Gloria Naylor

and all the team at

St James

would like to wish all our

congregation and the

people of our Parish

a very Healthy New Year.


The Community Sale

is open again on Tuesdays

from 10am

with lunch served at


At this time much of our usual activities still

have to be suspended because of Covid-19.

However, Holy Communion  is celebrated in the Church on  Sundays at 10.00am and we

are always keen to welcome anyone who

wishes to worship with us.

To help keep people safe number of

changes are still in place:

  • We still operate a one-way system, with entry via the south door (facing Church Street)

  • Exit via the West door.
  • (Facing the Wedding Garden)

  • You will be asked to respect physical distancing, both while entering and inside the building, by remaining 2m apart from others outside of your group.

  • There will still be hand sanitising points for public use at the entrance and exit.

  • Our vicar and volunteers will be available to welcome you during your visit.

May we continue to pray for God’s strength and protection using the words of our new Archbishop,  The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, who blessed us during his Consecration service on Thursday 9 July 2020.

     May the love of our good and generous God guide and protect us;
    may the hope of the gospel

sustain us and bring us joy;
    when we are lost or lonely,

when the road ahead seems hard,
    or when the darkness gathers,
    may the light and peace

of Christ be ours. 



The Old School Museum

has now re-opened.

It will be open on


and now

open to visitors

Every Friday

10am - 2pm

Thank You, to all of you for your

constant support and good wishes.

The Museum is back to normal hours,

We look forward to seeing you.


This St James Church website has

become somewhat disjointed and a

lot of photos are now out of line. 

It would be advisable for Family Historians looking for graveyard information to scroll much further down this page, to where there may be some useful information for you.

There is absolutely no point in contacting the vicar/church office re historical grave information, for they hold none.  You would be far better to consult the

Sutton & Wawne Museum

website; links also are below.

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

please note that our arrangements for enquiries

about booking weddings have changed

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

or on other pages, are still 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.


click the 'Posts' link when opened

to see latest messages

Our vicar is the Revd Gloria Naylor


Tel: 01482 783 143

Our Church office is closed 

(The Church Office was previously open

Monday from 11am to 1pm,

and Wednesday & Friday

between 10am and 12-noon).

Tel: 01482 703182 +


There are several more photos below,

on either side of these central notice boxes,

if you scroll down for them.



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 !

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.

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 Old School Museum &

Family History


The Church Office

in front of

The Old School

photo: Alan Thurloe

one of our eight bells

view from

the Tower

Sutton on Hull

War Memorial

1914 ~ 1919


1939 ~ 1945

photo taken 12 Nov 2018

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

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 necessarily 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  .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

note:  The Sutton & Wawne Museum inside the Old School has now re-opened, from Friday 1st April, 2022, after

a two-year closure for covid lockdowns and then repairs.


Parish Safeguarding Adviser - 

The Revd Gloria Naylor

Tel. No   01482 783143

We follow Diocesan Safeguarding Protocols

 Diocesan Safeguarding

Useful Links:-


The Grade I church of St James - 1349 -- click to enlarge
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 our medieval stonework, the font cover,

and ornamental brass.