We're not (quite) fully open yet - we still have government restrictions to observe.
Now the major repairs have been completed, our lovely church building is open fully daily for private prayer, but we are still formally closed to casual visitors and government restrictions remain until (now!) 19 July Services we are now holding (subject to restrictions) are shown on the calendar page.
Thomas the Apostle - 3 July.
Thomas is mostly remembered for his doubting Jesus' resurrection, but we should remember that Thomas was the disciple who, when Jesus returned to Judaea and the others did not want to go said "Let us also go, that we may die with him"; and when Jesus explained that he was going away to prepare a heavenly home for his followers, and that one day they would join him there. Thomas reacted by saying, "Lord, we do not know where you are going and how can we know the way?", eliciting Jesus' explanation of "I am the way, the truth and the life"
Thomas was understandably sceptical at first when he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to the other apostles, saying, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." When Jesus appeared later and invited Thomas to touch his wounds, Thomas showed his belief by saying, "My Lord and my God". Jesus then said, "Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed."
It's also worth remembering that the antithesis of faith is certainty, not doubt.
And now St. Patrick's is more visible!
Following an arboriculturist's report and permission from both the Chancellor of the Diocese and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the diseased and in some places dangerous trees (most of which were non-native sycamores) on the western edge of the churchyard have been felled, the ground cleared and the stumps dealt with. Fence posts and wires have been put in place to define the boundary and protect a newly planted hawthorn hedge and specimen native trees until they become established. This has opened the view of the church from the west and north-west and when the new planting has grown, will provide an attractive and easily manageable boundary.
Covid19... and money.
Like other charities, St. Patrick's is badly affected by lockdown. We still are restricted in holding events or receiving visitors and are reliant upon donations from church members, the local community and any more distant supporters. This means we have lost around £23,000 (70%) of our usual income in 2020 and we are still losing as 2021 progresses, particularly as we cannot plan for future events in any detail. We can survive this, but it will not be easy. Most of our present reserves will be expended financing our share of the repair project costs, which could not proceed without the grant aid we have received. Even then, we will still have repair, refurbishment and enhancement costs exceeding £1m to meet over the next few years. We will of course keep applying for grants, but the day to day running costs of St. Patrick's are up to us and our community to find.
May I ask all our congregation and supporters to set aside donations they would normally have made, but ONLY if this can be done without adverse impact on yourself and your family. If you can increase your support, this would be very helpful in current circumstances.
Should you find it more convenient to donate direct to the church's Barclays Bank account, the sort code is 20-43-47, account name is PCC of Patrington, and account number 30707988. Please, though, provide a transaction description so I know who is making the donation.
Michael Price, PCC Treasurer.
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 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.