3 July - Thomas the Apostle.
Thomas is usually remembered for his doubt of Jesus' resurrection and is the basis for the proverbial appelation of "doubting Thomas" to people who are sceptical. Thomas may have been a sceptic, but was no coward: it is often forgotten that when Jesus went back to Judea (where He had recently been threatened with stoning) to raise Lazarus, it was Thomas who said "let us also go and die with Him" when the other Apostles would have preferred to stay away.
Thomas seems to have been a man who lived in the present and his doubts were based on practicality. When Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for the Apostles, it was Thomas who said that they did not know how to get there, drawing Jesus' response of "I am the way, the truth and the life". Similarly, as Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection, Thomas perhaps unsurprisingly declined to believe this miraculous event without seeing for himself. When Thomas does see for himself eight days later, this draws another significant response from Jesus - "Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed".
Thomas reputedly went to India to preach the Gospel in 50AD and was martyred there in 72AD, having founded churches in what is now the state of Kerala. Ornate crosses, known as St. Thomas crosses, Nasrani Menorah or Mar Thoma Sleeba dating back to the sixth century are found in Kerala, Mylapore and Goa.
Some good news...
We have been notified that St. Patrick's is one of 300 churches nationally recognised by the Church Buildings Council as a Major Parish Church - one of twelve in the Diocese of York. This will present us with some opportunities and challenges, which the PCC will be considering over the next few months.
And now some bureaucracy....
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 one of the church officers.