Taste and See

| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

Vicar's log 2022-07-03: "…the coronavirus appears to have gone but it has left behind a sense of foggy-mind and a weariness that feels like walking through  thigh-deep water. The lack of taste that was prominent a few days ago has now subsided. The vicar is pleased with this development. All in all, things are looking up.”

And now, a few days further on, it’s all pretty much back to normal, taste-wise. Even so, that loss of taste is a strange thing. I appear to have escaped lightly. I know of many for whom the sense of taste still hasn’t fully returned after months of convalescence, and in a couple of cases I know of people who have discovered rather odd “phantom” smells whenever they smell something quite normal, all they could perceive was a dreadful garlic odour or perhaps the phantom smell of smoke. Quite disconcerting, if not downright confusing. Like all our senses, taste is so much taken for granted until it goes missing. Suddenly we cannot interact with the world as we thought we could.

We are brought up thinking there are five senses: sight, hearing, smell, tase and touch, and we have well understood organs for these: eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, but there are so many more things we “sense” around us, sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, sometimes spiritual, and they help us to encounter places and people. Being aware of the space around around you is one such unsung sense. Quite literally, knowing which way is “up”. Seems a bit obvious, perhaps, but there can be moment when we’re not sure, when you are suddenly woken from a deep sleep perhaps. Then there’s a sense of humour. We all like to think we have one of those, but nobody ever gets every joke, and what is funny for one might be abhorrent or offensive to another.

Perhaps the most significant of these other kinds of senses is “empathy”: the capacity to sense what someone else is thinking, and then being able to respond to those thoughts. I have been fortunate to meet many people who have very well-developed empathy. They seem able to understand what I or others around me are thinking and then, when appropriate, hold out a hand to offer compassion or sympathy or to share in unbridled joy, perhaps. Empathy is profoundly important in society. It could be seen as the glue that holds us together.

I hope I have an empathic sense. I hope I notice how others are feeling. I hope I can be aware of them and then, when reasonable, offer back a thought or action that fits in with how they are. I hope that when I do I can be confident that I have shared in the overall joy of the world. We are creatures shaped by how we interact with creation, and it is all our senses that form that shape. My prayer is that we can notice those around us and take time to consider their thoughts.

Covid Update

Given the significant rise in cases locally (not just among the clergy!), I think it is important that we reconsider the way we distribute communion. For the present time, until things settle down again, we will be reverting to the previous system of “priestly intinction” whereby the president offers an “intincted” wafer to communicants. Please do not feel obliged to receive the wine in this way. It is perfectly acceptable to receive only the bread: please let the president know.

Lyngfest! Saturday July 30th, 7pm

Join us in the Village Hall garden for an evening of live music accompanied by Cheese and Cider tasting. Ticket £10 available in advance only. Kids go free. A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites, Sat 20th Aug

Saturday August 20th at 7.30pm in North Curry Church: Gregory Steward, tenor, presents an Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine/juice: available from North Curry Post Office or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door. Under-18s free.

Lyng Harvest Supper, 3rd September at 6pm

Come and celebrate the season with friends and food. Delicious fare for us to share. Ticket £5 available in advance only to include supper and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. We will be collecting donations for the local food-bank.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Lyng Quiz Night: 1st Oct at 7pm

Get your thinking caps on for a fun flled quiz evening kindly hosted by Chris Barrington. Prize for the winning team. Followed by raffle. £10 per team of 4. In advance.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

A prayer for Ukraine

Father of all,

We hold before you today the country of Ukraine and its people. We have no words to express the sadness we feel for them. We pray that your Holy Spirit will act to bring peace; that violence and brutality will have no place in its lands; that you will hold your people safe

Lord have Mercy

We pray that the people of your world will work together

To protect the poor and the afraid To heal the sick and the dying To free those oppressed and in prison We hold them all before you

Christ have Mercy

We hold before you those we know who are caught up in the situation. We pray for our armed forces. We pray for all those who stand for good in the face of evil. We pray for those hurting and grieving for their country. We hold them all in your love

And above all we pray for hope.

Lord have Mercy


Athelney Prayer

Almighty God, who made all things and sustains all things, we come together remembering the past and full of hope for the future.

We thank you for the part you call us to play in our Benefice's continuing story.

Lord, bind us more closely together and unite us in the work of your kingdom in our communities. Help us to draw on the gifts and talents in our midst and to use them in your service.

May we be a welcoming and loving community, united in worshipping you and open to your guiding Spirit.

Holy Spirit guide us and fill us with vision and energy; make us faithful in prayer and worship, that we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

We ask these things in the name of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Choir practice
19 Aug 2022
04:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng Coffee Morning
20 Aug 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Wedding: Michelle and Matthew
20 Aug 2022
12:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng a summer Fete
20 Aug 2022
02:00PM - 03:00PM

An Evening of romantic song and popular favourites with Gregory Steward (North Curry Church)
20 Aug 2022
07:00PM - 10:00PM

Eucharist: BCP (North Curry)
21 Aug 2022
08:00AM - 09:00AM