Christmas - and after.
Christmas 2019 has come and gone. Presents have been given and received, sometimes with great appreciation, sometimes with polite noises. The wrapping paper is in the bin, the glitter from the Christmas cards has been vacuumed up and consumption of food and drink has begun to resume normal levels, before the next burst of festive activity on New Year's Eve. All a bit frantic.
The Church's activities over December and January are also a bit frantic. We begin with Advent and then the usual Christmas worship - but after Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we are straight into St. Stephen's Day (26 December - the day Good King Wencelas reputedly looked out), followed by the Apostle John (27 December), the Holy Innocents (28 December), the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus (1 January), the Epiphany (6 January), the Baptism of Christ (the first Sunday after the Epiphany) and the Conversion of St. Paul (25 January).
There is a major compression of time in all these festivals falling within a month. Jesus' naming and circumcision would closely follow His birth, but His baptism by John (Baptist, not Apostle!) was thirty-odd year later. The Magi took some considerable time (two years?) to reach the Holy Land and the Innocents were not slain by Herod's order until after they had found Jesus (possibly as a toddler in Nazareth rather than a baby in Bethlehem) and left for their home, evading Herod. The martyrdom of Stephen and conversion of Paul both took place after Jesus' Ascension. This time compression does not matter as long as we recognise it and separate the events commemorated in the Church's festivals into their proper sequence, as indeed is the case in commemorating Jesus' life and teachings within the annual procession of the Church's year.
We can, however, find our sense of wonder being dulled by repetition - Christmas is ALWAYS on 25 December - but it wasn't on the first Christmas Day; and Easter is AlWAYS sometime in April - but it wasn't until after Jesus' Resurrection. The Christmas carols have now been sung for this year, but no apologies for the quotation below:-
O may we keep and ponder in our mind God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind; trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, from His poor manger to His bitter Cross; tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, till man's first heavenly state again takes place..
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 2019. Results from a local questionnaire indicate responders would like to see more major events in church and the PCC is considering where this leads. An inital draft of the Plan, which has been sent to statutory bodies for comment, was adopted formally by the Parochial Church Council at its September 2019.
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.