| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

I am so very grateful to the Lords Spiritual who this week wrote to The Times expressing their concerns about the government’s intentions to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Like them I am ashamed that such a draconian policy is being implemented. I fully accept that there are some who might see it as a perfectly reasonable and even creative response to the trafficking issue. If you are one, then please do not hesitate to let me know. I will happily listen to how you argue the moral value of the policy. And by all means seek to change my mind.

But… beyond the practicalities of the traffickers and Channel crossings, what truly upsets me is the way we can so easily mistrust people who are seeking sanctuary. Or, more generally, it saddens me how we can so quickly mistrust people in all kinds of contexts that may have nothing at all to do with asylum

Trust underpins all society. From the economic and financial basis of our banking system, through the importance of legal frameworks, and the very fabric of our parliamentary system, the way we engage with people around us requires that we trust people.

For sure, there are “wrong ‘uns” out there, people who desire only to deceive and dissemble, people who behave dishonourably in the face of the facts and who cannot accept their own fallibility. But we Christians are encouraged to see beyond those people and to recognise in all the essence of goodness.

Trust, accountability and honour are all aspects of what we might call “Imago Dei”, the way we are all made in God’s image. God is good, and when we live as God guides us we are living good lives, God-like even.

The trouble is, we can often feel its a bit of a competition: if we fail to notice the deceit in others and are caught out by it, we feel we have lost out somewhere. So, if someone “sneaks in” on a boat crossing the channel, we can think that it’s not fair, and that we should legislate against it. I’d argue it’s better that one lost soul is welcomed into the Kingdom of God, however, than worry if others are breaking the law. It isn’t a failure to be able to see the good in all people and to trust others. In all our lives, in families, neighbourhoods and communities, trust is what brings goodness. If we insist on suspicion and deceit as the guiding force we can only really expect people to deceive in return. When we trust in others we are building the kingdom.

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