We're closed - but hopefully not for too much longer.
We're having the same rollercoaster ride as the rest of the nation over what we can and cannot do. Following the latest government lockdown and receiving advice from the Diocese of York, we consulted our congregation and the overwhelming view was that we should close for services until restrictions ease. Our lovely church building was already closed to allow major repairs to be done, which are now expected to take until the end of May. There will continue to be special arrangements for funerals in church but all other services are suspended apart from in exceptional circumstances. We are of course keeping Grapevine going: if you don't get a copy and would like one, please ask. We held our outdoor service in the churchyard at 11.00 on Easter Day, in (fairly) warm sunshine - and we sang our Eastertide hymns together, observing social distancing rules and other goverment restrictions. Subject to weather, we are arranging additional outdoor services while the church remains closed for repairs -please see the calendar page.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 4, 5-12
Addressing the Sanhedrin
And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Peter and John were arrested for healing and preaching forgiveness to the people of Jerusalem. To us, this might seem to be a ridiculous charge, of the type used by an insecure authoritarian state, imposing rule by fear. The priests and temple authorities needed to eradicate any doubts among the people that their incitement to condemn Jesus and insistence that he be put to death was necessary. They acted quickly in an effort to smother Christian teaching and preserve their own powers and traditions.
Their human efforts failed because ultimately their actions only served to further God’s plan, whereas all that the Apostles said and did was by the name of Jesus Christ. This episode might remind us also that, however much we may enjoy spiritual refreshment through ritual and liturgy, the purpose of the Christian church should be to serve all people.
Archbishop Stephen and other leaders of the Diocese of York have made a commitment to “living Christ’s story”. We have been invited to ponder and pray about how this commitment should affect our lives and the life of our church. Perhaps the actions and experiences of the early Christian Apostles show us where to start.
Peace be with you,
We are trying out other ways of worship whilst the church is closed and there will be a telephone service of Evening Prayer today at 7pm, with lines open from 6.55pm. To join in:-
Dial: 0333 0164 757
When requested enter: 12367787 #
And, when requested enter the PIN: 4002 #
Please join us.
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.
Some good news (for a change!)
We are pleased to announce that we have been fortunate enough to be given a grant of £8,000 by Allchurches Trust towards the current major repair works, already grant aided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Our grateful thanks to the Trust.
Covid19... and money.
Like other charities, St. Patrick's is badly affected by lockdown. We cannot hold events or receive 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.