• 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.  


  • More CMP...

    Heritage information is a crucial part of conservation for future generations.  As is the case with many medieval churches, much of St. Patrick's Church's heritage data has vanished into the mists of time.  We are fortunate in having some historic pamphlets, usually by Victorian clergy, but these sometimes lead to more questions than answers. 

    If you have knowledge or views (please say which!) on the questions set out below, we'd love to hear from you, either via the Facebook page or by email to the CMP Project Manager or PCC Secretary (details on the "contact us" page). 


    Is there evidence that the original grant of Patrington to the Archbishops of York was from King Athelstan, or from King Cnut in 1033?

    Is there documentary evidence of the role of the Archbishops of York (in Archiepiscopal Rolls or other records) at St. Patrick's?

    Robert Thergolts (Precentor of York Minster) requested he be buried in St. Patrick's chancel:  is one of the large grave slabs his?  If so, which one, and whose is the other one?

    Did the later Robert de Patrington, Master Mason at York Minster, also work on St. Patrick's?  If he did, which came first?

    Is there any evidence of the locations of testamentary burials identified by Poulson?

    There are three piscinas in each transept:  were they for separate chapels?  If so, what were the dedications of the five other than the Lady Chapel and what were their purposes?

    There are many more questions we want to follow up, but six at a time will give us enough to think about as views and answers come in!   


    Rev. Carol Fisher-Bailey.

    Carol came to St. Patricks' in 2012, during the protracted pastoral reorganisation which was finalised in 2014.  She formally leaves the benefice on 10 July, but her last service was on 30 June at St. Mary's Church, Welwick, attended by well-wishers from all six churches.  She is moving to the Lund, Lockington and Scorborough w Leconfield benefice in the Beverley Deanery.  We wish Carol (and husband Ken) every success and better health in her new post.  The photograph below is of the presentation made after her final service.