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St Patrick's Church,




Please note that the web-site is still under construction so some links and pages are still to be completed.


Who We Are

St Patrick's Church, Patterdale, is a community of local people

who feel privileged to be able to live and worship in this beautiful area of the Lake District. 

We love God;

we love one another;

we love the community in which live;

we love our building and grounds;

we love our music;

and we love our visitors (whether visiting in person or on the internet!)

We hope and pray that you would encounter something of God's love and our love for him and for you!  

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Morris Rodham

Priest-in-Charge, St Patrick's Church, Patterdale

Morris has announced that he will be taking early retirement from 22nd January 2023. 

See his message to the Parish here.


What we do

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Coronovirus Updates

Our services during the Coronavirus pandemic have now returned to being 'live'.  See details here.

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The Team

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Jesus speaks of being a Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep.  We have a tapestry depicting that in the church.  We follow the example of the Good Shepherd and wish St Patrick's to be a community and a place which is safe for all.  You can read how we do this by clicking on the link here:.

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Our services are currently on Sundays.  10.30am Holy Communion or Morning Worship have a fairly traditional feel but are not stuffy!   Our once a month 5.30pm Book of Common Prayer said service is for those who prefer a very traditional format (but again not stuffy!).  Anyone seeking God's presence is welcome to all of our services, whether you have an active Christian faith or not, resident or visitor.  Please click this link for more details week by week.

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Additional styles and forms of Church
(Fresh expressions/ Pioneering/ Entrepeneurial)

We recognise that our existing congregation generally prefer a more traditional way and style of worshipping, which we greatly value.  But we also recognise that this time-honoured way of worship may not appeal to everyone, particularly younger generations.  We are therefore working on ways of creating additional events and services that are more accessible to wider networks of people.  Any ideas welcome!

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Serving our community
and Patterdale Community Fund

Our parish covers the villages of Harstop, Deepdale, Patterdale and Glenridding.  Within the villages people help one another.  This goes for organisations too!  Members of the church serve in the various village support organisations (eg Village Hall, Community First Responders, Mountain Rescue Team, Fire Service, etc), but the church is also trying to meet needs within the community  through the Patterdale Community Fund (with foodbank).  For further details click here.

We are also taking an active interest in the need for local low-cost housing for local people, and also how people from more deprived areas in Cumbria can access the beautiful area we live in on their doorstep but where the increasing costs of holidays in the Lakes and outdoor clothing, equipment etc  prevents them enoying what we have on our doorstep.

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Exploring Christian Faith?

We believe that Jesus Christ was God, rose from the dead, is alive, and is with us today in the power of his Holy Spirit.  This is good news!  We would love the opportunity to share this good news with you to have a think about - in ways that are appropriate and helpful for you.  Contact us to know more.

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Patterdale Pilgrimmage Walks

We will be developing a range of graded pilgrimmage walks (from short, easy and flat to long, difficult and high!) which can be made from the church.  Watch this space!

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Patterdale Boundary Walk

Fancy a big walking challenge?!  The Patterdale Boundary walk is a long walk around the boundary of the parish, which includes some of the most spectaular mountains and scenery in the Lake District, including Helvellyn, Fairfield, Kirkstone, High Street and Place Fell.  It is about 25 miles long with about 10,100 feet of climbing, and is often sponsored.  It can be done in sections too.   Are you up for the challenge?

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Music and Classical Concerts

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We are blessed to have Mike Town as our organist in St Patrick's.  As well as being a meteorological expert (handy for telling us what the weather will be!), he is also a superb musician and has a wide array of contacts who enjoy coming to St Patrick's to perform.  Watch this page for details of forthcoming concerts and events.

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We get lots of requests to hold weddings at St Patrick's!  After all, it's a lovely setting!  And very close to local hotels for receptions.  We can help you through the process to see whether you can be married here.

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Anne MacBeth Embroideries

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Anne MacBeth created some wonderful emroideries which have a lakeland feel and emphasis.  Some of her embroideries can be seen in St Patrick's Church.


Altar to Air Crashes in the Lake District

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St Patrick's is home to an altar dedicated to the lives of those lost in air crashes in the lake District.  Read about it here.

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Graveyard - including 2 Commonwealth Graves

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We have a fantastic, scenic graveyard which includes 2 Commonwealth Graves, which is tenderly looked after by a wide range of volunteers.   We have also mapped out the various gravestones for the last 200 years or so and know who is where.  If you are searching for a relative, for a small administration fee we may be able to find it quickly and save you some time.


Volunteering - Offers welcome!

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In a village community the church is very much part of village life and vice-versa.  You don't have to have an active Christian faith to still be involved in and support the life and work of the church!  If you are good at something (whatever that is!), and think you may be able to help to bring life to or improve an aspect of what we do (or want to start something fresh?!), let us know!

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Volunteering - The Friends of St Patrick's

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The Friends of St Patrick's is a separate legal entity to the church, but whose objects are to further the work of the church by assisting with some practical matters - like the financial and general maintenance upkeep of the church building, the grounds, and the organ.


Giving and donations

Jesus spoke a lot about the negative power and hold that money can have on people, and instead modelled and encouraged his followers to be generous in life, including financially.  A 'tight' Christian is therefore a contradiction in terms! 

Contrary to popular opinion, we receive no funding from the CofE, and pay all our own costs.  There is much work to be done, and we also wish to support churches financially in the wider Diocese who are in much poorer areas to the one we are privileged to live in.  So we encouarge people to consider giving a proportion of their overall income regularly.  One-off donations are also very welcome!  If you wish to support the work and ministry of the church financially, please see the links.

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Patterdale Church of England School

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Patterdale is very pleased to have its own village school, and we have a very close relationship with them as a Church of England school.  The vicar and Methodist minister regularly take collective worship, and a number of congregation members are governors.


Ullswater Mission Community

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The Ullswater Mission Community refers to the grouping of churches in the area of Ullswater.  These are the parishes of Patterdale, Matterdale, Wartermillock, Dacre (with Stainton), Stainton Methodist Church, Pooley Bridge, Barton, and Martindale.  We try to work together where possible, especially in becoming healthier as churches, and in putting on events that we think will be beneficial to those who may be interested in exploring Christian faith.

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Methodist Links

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As a Local Ecumenical Partnership, St Patrick's is an Anglican Church which works very closely with the Methodists.  When the local Methodist Chapel closed in 1994, it was decided to join the two congregations together, and we are supported by the Methodist Minister from Penrith Methodist Church, Rev Tim Cooke.  We have a Methodist style service each 4th Sunday of the month.

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Diocese of Carlisle

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We are an Anglican Church (Church of England), and part of the Diocese of Carlisle.  The Bishop is the Right Reverend James Newcome, and the Suffragon Bishop is the Right Reverend Dr Emma Ineson.  Our Archdeacon is The Venerable Lee Townend.

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We have free WiFi access within the church.  It can also be accessed in the porch when shut, or outside one of the windows on the south side, for best reception.  Details are in the porch.

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Privacy Statement

We value the privacy of people whose data we hold.  Click the link for our Privacy Statement.

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Find us

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We are in Patterdale on the main A592 road.  You can't miss us!  Postcode:  CA11 0NL, but don't follow the Satnav once you are in Patterdale as it will take you down a farm track!  Park either in car park next to church or in the Patterdale playing flield car park next to church (You will see the sign at Grisedale Bridge, next to the post-box - £5 per day).


Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip –
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you –
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm –
    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and for evermore.


Contact St Patrick's Church, Patterdale

Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NL, UK

07774 296652

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