30 November - St. Andrew the Apostle.
Andrew is described in the Gospels as the brother of Simon Peter and was like Peter a fisherman by trade. "Andrew" is a Greek name and there is no Aramaic or Hebrew name recorded for him. It means "manly" or "brave", and was not unusual amongst Hellenised people in Judaea at that time. Matthew's and Mark's Gospels both record the two brothers being called by Jesus simultaneously, with Luke's version being slightly different. John states that Andrew and an unnamed disciple of John the Baptist had Jesus pointed out to them by John, so they followed Him and asked where he was staying: the response was "Come and see" (you'll hear more about that next spring!). Andrew then went and found Peter, bringing him to Jesus. This is why Andrew is often recognised as the first-called disciple.
Andrew was present at some of the pivotal events of Jesus' ministry and was one of His closest associates. After Jesus' Ascension, Andrew reputedly preached the Gospel along the coasts of the Black Sea and as far as the Ukraine, founding the See of Byzantium (later Constantinople and Istanbul). He was reputedly crucified in Patras in the Roman province of Achaia in around 60AD. The traditional crux decussata (cross in saltire) seems to have been an importation in the Middle Ages. There are various relics of St. Andrew in Patras, Amalfi, Sarzana, Edinburgh and Warsaw. He is a patron saint of Barbados, Burgundy, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Russia and the Ukraine - and, of course, Scotland.
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. 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 meeting and is now available for wider public consultation - please see below for more details.
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.