Lent is the forty-day period before Easter during which Christians often mark their Christian commitment in some way - perhaps giving up luxuries, fasting, not eating meat, carrying out charitable activites or undertaking spiritual discipline such as daily devotional reading. It commemorates Jesus' forty days fasting in the desert in preparation for His public ministry and His rejection of the temptations of Satan. Symbolically, there are no altar flowers in Lent, crucifixes may be veiled and the Gloria is not sung in Holy Communion services.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after the fundamental events of Holy Week - His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, establishing the Lord's Supper, arrest, trials, crucifixion and death. Numerically this covers 46 days, but Sundays are excluded, leaving forty.
Perhaps the key issue for Christians during Lent is not what you give up, but what you learn from what you do.
Major Parish Church status requires St. Patrick's PCC to consider, together with the congregation, the Patrington community, and other consultees and bodies how best to conserve the magnifcent and internationally-known architectural gem, dedicated to God and St. Patrick, which stands at the heart of our village - St. Patrick's Church. The PCC agreed on 29 January to begin work on compiling a Conservation Management Plan (CMP), as recommended by the Church Buildings Council. More of this later!
On St. Patrick's Day (17 March), we dedicated the the woodcarving next to the path from the car park to the north porch at a special service. The Gift Day held in the Market Place on the morning of Saturday 16 March raised some £430 for church funds - always very welcome, as running and maintaining our lovely building is an expensive business. The ceilidh in the church on Saturday evening had good music, good wine and food, good company and dancing (some good, all energetic). If you weren't there, you missed an ejoyable evening.
St. Patrick's PCC has long wanted to have toilet facilities in the church. As we are committed to preparing a CMP, which will take time to prepare and we know we will need substantial grants to progress it, we requested approval from the Diocesan Advisory Committee for a temporary toilet, located in the south porch. The Chancellor of the Diocese approved this proposal and we now have a toilet in situ. It is entirely free standing other than service connections, does not affect the fabric of the church and will be removed when permanent facilities are installed. Unfortunately space and access constraints mean it is not suitable for people with disabilities. It will be available for church services, all church events, organised parties and whenever the church is stewarded. It is NOT available for use by casual visitors other than by prior arrangement with one of the Church officers.
Welcome to St. Patrick's.
The church is open daily from around 9am to 5pm, or until dusk if earlier.
Access for ambulatory visitors from the car park on High Street is up the steps between the handrails and direct to the north porch. Wheelchair users' access is through the gap in the east wall of the car park, through the lychgate and again to the north porch. There is a ramp for wheelchairs just inside the porch to help negotiate the entry step.
Entry to the church from Church Lane, to the south of the church, is via the kissing gates and the paths leading to the north of the church. These routes are not accessible to wheelchair users. There are some areas of the churchyard cordoned off for safety reasons pending attention from the Patrington Parish Council, who are responsible for churchyard maintenance.
If you are interested in exploring our beautiful church but do not wish to participate in a church service, we respectfully suggest you avoid service times (shown in the calendar).
If you would like to organise a group visit, please contact the PCC Secretary in advance, so that clashes with other visits or activities are avoided. We advise that a group visit covering the whole of the church will take a minimum of two hours, three hours if a tower tour is included.