We're not fully open yet - but we're getting there.
As the lockdown restrictions ease, our lovely church building is almost ready to reopne after the major repairs, but will need some extensive cleaning first! Services we can hold are shown on the calendar page. Please do not visit the church other than when the calendar shows it is available - we'll reopen fully as soon as we can.
John 3, 1-17.
The New Birth.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
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.