January 6 - Epiphany
Epiphany is a word taken from ancient Greek and means a sudden and striking realisation of the nature or meaning of something, often divinely-inspired. At Epiphany - a principal feast of the Church - we celebrate the first realisation that God cares for all humanity, which as Christians we now take for granted.
This came about by God inspiring the Magi - the "wise men from the East" in Mattew's Gospel - to search for the Messiah born in Judaea. Their search lasted two years and ended not in a King's palace but in a house in a village in Galilee, where guided by God and a star they found the child they had been sent to worship - the Christ from God. They were not Jews, but Gentiles and this was the first sign that God's message of salvation was (and is) for the whole world.
Those wise men were prepared to spend years in a journey of which they did not know the outcome and accepted in faith the time and effort and money it cost. They did not know of Jesus' life and teaching, or of His death and resurrection and we, unlike them, have His assurances we can be children of God and inheritors of the heavenly kingdom.
In AD1, wise men started on a journey in faith: in AD 2019, wise men (and women) still start on that same journey.....
More good news...
We have now received a copy of Vivienne Cooling's dissertation upon the significance of St. Patrick's, which will be helpful in taking forward opportunities and challenges arising from our Major Parish Church status. St. Patrick's has also been selected as one of five churches in the Diocese to participate in a national study on sustaining the future of ecclesiastical heritage.
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 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.