| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

My eldest son was born in November 1992, one the the last babies to be accepted into the Children of the 90s research programme, a longitudinal study of children and their families that continues to this day. There are now children of the children of the 90s and Louise and I and others are now grandparents of those children of the children of the 90s. Still with me?

This week I received an invitation to complete the “Summer 2022” questionnaire. And over the next few years the whole study will be celebrating its 30th anniversary by inviting all of us, children and their parents, to participate in lengthy research clinics. It’s all rather exciting. When we began the research with our newly arrived little bundle of love (that’s my son I am speaking of in case you’ve never heard me describe him like that before) I could never have expected that the questions being asked now would all have a “pre or post” pandemic angle to them. As far as I was aware the study was all about my son and how he was growing. After all, that’s so significant as a new parent: is my child growing OK?

Now, thirty years down the line the questions are not so much about him (if at all) but about me: how I live, what I do, how I exercise (not enough, I fear), what I eat (too much, I fear), how I feel (crikey: that’s a can of worms…). The tone has shifted from all things visceral to many things emotional and spiritual. Way back then we were asked about the food we gave our little one, what kind of domestic cleaning chemicals we used in our home, whether we had a gas fire, all kinds of very technical things like that. Now I am being asked whether and how often I relax, perhaps do yoga (yea, right) or meditate. Interestingly I am not asked how often I pray, but there’s a question about mindfulness.

Time passes. We all know that. Or rather, we all think we understand what we mean by “time passes”. Our attitudes to the world shift and shape in ways that we can never truly predict. When my son was born I was very happy to argue there was no God, that the very idea was meaningless. Now look at me: a Christian priest. Cripes. Who would have thought? Not me!

So, aged 60 I continue to stand on the threshold between then and what is to be, in the moments we call “now” and it all seems so obvious. But what was so clearly obvious then has become itself a foreign land. Ecclesiastes 3 rings loud again in my head: for everything there is a season. My granddaughter will probably make it well into the next century. Will the Children of the 90s still be trundling on, asking her, a child of the child of the 90s, how she relaxes? Will yoga be the trend? Will there be polar icecaps? Who knows. God holds it all in order: what has gone before, what is to come and what currently is. All we can do is meander through it all.

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