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The Parish of Patrick includes large tracts of upland moorland stretching from Dalby Point in the west to Archallaghan in the east, and contains some of the most beautiful and spectacular coastal scenery on the island form Lag ny Keeiley in the south to St Patrick’s Isle in the north. For many years, the parish church was St Patrick’s Church within the walls of Peel Castle. However, a new parish church, dedicated to The Holy Trinity, was built on the present site and consecrated by Bishop Wilson in 1714. Subsequently, a Chapel of Ease was built at Dalby in 1836, dedicated to St James.
The present church was built in the simple unadorned Manx style, outside and in, from Manx stone in the 1880s. However the beautiful stained glass windows that flood the interior with colour and light, make up for what the building lacks in architectural merit. What is clear is that this is a building that is loved and cared for by the whole community.
Although these are exciting times for the worshipping community at Holy Trinity, they are none the less unsettling for us all as we grapple with what it means to be ‘church’ in the 21st century. It is to the credit of those who have witnessed faithfully through the years that they are willing to embrace change, realising that, unless change happens, the church in its present form will die. This is a very real demonstration and practical outworking of what it means to have sacrificial love.
So why not head towards Patrick; enjoy the scenery and at the same time ‘pop-in’ to Holy Trinity Church and enjoy its peace and simple beauty; or you could reflect on the current exhibition of artwork or join us for worship at any of our Sunday services. We’d be delighted to see you and you’d be sure of a warm welcome.
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