When the cows come home

| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

I visited Burundi on Tuesday, and met Gloria. Zoom. Of course, it was zoom. And I was actually in a barn at Pitney farm, courtesy of Rob Walrond, our rural affairs adviser. But it was good to be able to hear Gloria speak to us about The Ripple Effect who were previously known as “Send a cow”. The name change is significant. You can find out more about what led to the name change on the website, but it’s basically to do with the increasingly unavoidable climate emergency. Gloria was speaking to us (about twenty people from across the diocese) about the “Light Mothers” work being undertaken in Burundi.

The Light Mothers are community volunteers working to alleviate child poverty and hunger in the extremely rural Burundi. It is a natural development of the original “send a cow” work, and speaks volumes for how we are all part of a bigger story. The cow has a practical and also symbolic relevance in how we all live, and so it was extra symbolic that we “met” Gloria in Pitney—on one of the hottest days of the year—in Somerset, a county with such a profound bovine heritage.

The ripples of the climate emergency have begun dramatically to affect the lives of Burundians and also of so many other Africans. Quite probably in far more direct ways than we have experienced here in recent days. For decades hunger and want have stalked poorer nations and I don’t expect this to suddenly change. In all likelihood, sadly, the increase in global temperatures will make things worse in nations who are already unable to cope.

It is something of a platitude to say that we are all linked to each other through our humanity, and platitudes can often be ignored or sidelined because they seem to tell us very little we didn’t already know. But the Ripple Effect is trying to challenge that way of thinking. We can feel powerless to help in Burundi and elsewhere, a feeling compounded when we realise that so much of the climate emergency is down to European industrialisation. Ripple Effect are asking that we send out a ripple of support when church communities act at Harvest (for example) to raise awareness and funds for the work in Burundi, enabling that the Light Mothers to continue and nurture their work.

We don’t need to wait for the cows to return: we can send out ripples of humanity and support right now. We can offer so much from our affluence and abundance. This isn’t a “problem to be solved”. There will always be a need to care and love. It is a matter of Christian kindness that recognises the shared love we all have through God. Watch this space.

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