Copyright © St Patrick’s Church Patterdale 2019
Until the 1860's Patterdale was a Chapelry to the parish of Barton. After that it operated as a benefice in its own right, a single parish with its own Rector. More recently in 1994 it united with the Methodist Church as a Local Ecumenical Project (L.E.P.) and later still, in 1998, it became fully integrated into the Good Shepherd Team Ministry of six Churches. This arrangement lasted until May 2013 when the Good Shepherd Team was disbanded and St Patrick's regained its status as a single benefice, with the incumbent housed in the Rectory at Patterdale but still very much part of the LEP.
The Ullswater Mission Cluster replaces the Good Shepherd Team Ministry, a looser association of ten Churches with two stipendiary priests sharing eight churches. One parish, Dacre, has a House for Duty incumbent. So within the cluster there are two House for Duty posts, Dacre and Patterdale. You will be in the enviable pastoral position of ministering to just one parish. However in the past we have always worked closely with our two neighbouring parishes of Matterdale and Watermillock which hold alternating Sunday services, and we shall still wish to help them out should there be need. All clergy, stipendiary and non-
We differ from other parishes in the cluster in that we are a joint Church, Anglican and Methodist. At present, one Sunday service in the month is led by a Methodist, Minister or Local Preacher, arranged by Rev David Milner, Superintendent Minister of the Penrith Methodist Circuit, and you will work alongside him. St Patrick's therefore has two clergy who care for the congregation, one Anglican and one Methodist but since the circuit consists of seven churches including a large one in Penrith, the amount of time given to Patterdale is limited, so the majority of the ministerial responsibilities has fallen to the incumbent. This House for Duty post is open to both Anglican and Methodist applicants. Should a Methodist appointment be made there will be an arrangement for "Anglican provision" to be provided by clergy in the Mission Cluster.
The Church has two active Churchwardens, a Reader and local support from various retired clergy in the Dale, both Anglican and Methodist. There are 53 on the Electoral Roll which was revised this year. The average attendance at Sunday Services is between 20 and 30 during the winter; 35 to 45 during the summer. This number increases at festivals (Easter 80; Carol Service 150; Christmas Eve 50; Christmas morning 50; Patronal Festival 50). We welcome visitors during the tourist season and we look at ways of increasing our numbers but it is not easy in a small rural community.
The embroideries inside our Church are among the treasures of the Lake District. Three of them are by Ann Macbeth who is internationally renowned.