• Trinity Sunday.

    This Sunday we have another principal feast of the church, in which we celebrate the Holy Trinity - one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   

    All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity.  If you don't believe this—that is, if you have come to a firm conclusion that the doctrine of the Trinity is not true—you are not a Christian at all.  That sounds harsh, but belief in Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a given for Christians down the centuries.  Christians in every land unite in proclaiming that our God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

    No-one in this world fully understands this doctrine, which is both a mystery and a paradox - but that is true of much of our Christian faith  Reasons for believing in the Trinity are that the Bible teaches us to, Christians everwhere have always believed it, no other explanation makes sense and Jesus Himself commanded us to make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    It has been said that if you try to explain the Trinity, you may lose your mind, but if you deny it, you may lose your soul.  Perhaps the following model gives us a clue to both.....


    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!