Advent is the start of the Church's year, observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' nativity at Christmas, as well as his coming into our hearts day by day and his return at his Second Coming. "Advent" is a version of the Latin word adventus, meaning coming, a translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming. The Advent season offers all of us the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, to be alert for his Second Coming and to welcome him into our hearts.
Advent hymns frequently contain the warning that we must be ready for Jesus, that he will come in glory as a judge, but that he comes with deliverance and joy for his people. However you view this, it's worth remembering that the very word "Christmas" celebrates the coming of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, and that cannot be overridden by Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, Novembermas and all the commercial trappings which are more of a tribulation than a blessing to many families, particularly those struggling to find the money for that supposedly essential gizzmo a child wants so desperately; or those ill or homeless or lonely or bereaved or without hope. Please spare a thought (and a prayer) for those who will be dreading the approach of Christmas.
And expect Jesus: as Charles Wesley wrote:-
Yea, Amen, let all adore thee, high on thine eternal throne; Saviour, take the power and glory, claim the kingdom for thine own. Alleluia! Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.
So be it!
More good news...
We have now received a copy of Vivienne Cooling's dissertation upon the significance of St. Patrick's, which will be helpful in taking forward opportunities and challenges arising from our Major Parish Church status. St. Patrick's has also been selected as one of five churches in the Diocese to participate in a national study on sustaining the future of ecclesiastical heritage.
to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund and to the Garfield Weston Trust for their grant aid to extensive (and expensive!) roof repairs; and to the Allchurches Trust and the Diocese of York for grants towards essential electrical repairs. More information on the Building Team pages.
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.