Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles.
29 June is the festival day for these two pivotal figures. St. Peter is the first of the disciples to identify Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus' response is to rename him as Peter (his birth name was Simon), the rock on which the church would be built. Matthew's Gospel covers this event as:-
"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Cephas (Peter), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
This sets out Peter's pre-eminence among the disciples and the early leader of the Christian church, to which there are many references in the Acts of the Apoistles.
Paul started differently, as a bitter opponent and persecutor of the nascent Christian church until he met with Jesus in spirit on his way to arrest the Christians in Damascus. After his conversion and renaming (from Saul) he used his Jewish and Roman citizenship to forward the interests of the church and promote the Christian faith. Paul wrote a substantial part of the New Testament (exactly how much scholars still debate) but he undoubtedly did have a profound effect on theology, worship and pastoral life for the Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
These two very prominent early Christians were by human standards flawed: Peter denied his Lord three times after Jesus' arrest: and Paul was a persecutor of Chrisitians and present at the stoning of St. Stephen, the church's first martyr. They both overcame these flaws and served their Lord unwaveringly until their own martyrdoms. Their lives were fundamental to the birth and growth of Christianity.
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.
We do have a toilet, but unfortunately space and access constraints mean it is not suitable for people with disabilities. It is 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.
Safeguarding vulnerable people.
St. Patrick's Church takes very seriously our duty to safeguard vulnerable people. More information is available from the PCC's Safeguarding Officer (see the "Contact us" page) or from the Diocese of York at https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding.
We began preparing our Conservation Management Plan (essential for all Major Parish Churches) in March and began community consultations at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 30 April. The questionnaire intended for worshippers, local residents and supporters is now closed and we will be analysing the response over the next week or two. We'll be spreading consultation further in due course. More about the CMP later...
We now have a Facebook page - St Patricks Church Patrington - authentic page - to keep everyone in touch. The title is a bit longwinded as there were already other pages about the church which aren't ours. If you like what you see, whether on Facebook or on this website, please tell your friends. Better still, come and visit our lovely church - visitors always welcome, but if you want to see it all, it will take a couple of hours.