Welcome to St Bartholomew's Church, Lyng

A Brief History of the Village and Church

The Church of St Bartholomew is situated in East Lyng but is Lyng Parish Church. Lyng was founded in 937 AD and, at that time was known at Relegen but by the time of William the Conquerer the name had been shortened to Lenge. Two hundred years ago the village was known as Ling and now it is spelt Lyng. King Alfred was defeated by the Danes in 877 and took refuge locally on the Isle of Atheleny, which is now part of the parish of Lyng. In gratitude for his deliverance Alfred founded Athelney Abbey. It was the monks of the abbey who built Lyng Church. The abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in February 1539. The site is marked by a stone pillar known as Alfred’s Memorial.

St Bartholomew’s Church is designated as Listed Grade I. The north window of the Chancel is a memorial to Revd AHA Smith who died in 1903. It depicts King Alfred wearing his famous jewel in his crown. Alfred’s jewel was found in Newton Park in 1693 and is housed in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and a replica jewel was given to this Church by Mr L H Hayter in June 1947. The sixteenth century bench ends are remarkably fine and depict several curious designs. They were probably carved by the monks from Athelney. The front two are said to be the narrowest in the country. The Norman Tub Font is probably 12th century. Pictures of Moses and Aaron are hung on the walls of the Tower; the latter is robed as described in Exodus 28, verses 1 and 2. There is a very active Bell Ringing Team. The Church has many other items of interest and is well worth a visit.

If you would like to shown around Pat or Alison (the Church Wardens) will have happy to help you. Their telephone numbers are in the Church porch

Church services for all the Benefice can be found on a schedule in the porch

Diary

Upcoming Events

18 Sep 2021;
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Coffee
19 Sep 2021;
08:00AM - 09:00AM
Eucharist (BCP): NC (SB)
19 Sep 2021;
09:30AM - 10:30AM
Holy Communion: BB (SB)
19 Sep 2021;
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Eucharist (sung): SSG (SB)
19 Sep 2021;
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Evensong: NC (SB)
All Souls and All Saints

Some advance notice: All Saints (1st November) and All Souls (2nd November) will both be marked on 31st October this year. As each is a distinct feast day, we shall be holding two distinct services, and both be Benefice services: All Saints at 10am in North Curry and All Souls at 5pm in Burrowbridge.

Liturgically and theologically All Saints is a moment to celebrate the saints in heaven, known and unknown, and is a more general acknowledgement of the lives of those who have gone before as disciples of Christ across the millennia. All Souls is a much more intimate moment in the calendar, when we remember those known to us who have died recently. The last time we gathered for All Souls was 2019, before covid and before funerals were required to be so curtailed. During the pandemic so many of us lost loved ones and were unable to mark their passing in the desired way. All Souls will be a time to acknowledge this, to give thanks for all those who have died and to mark the moment appropriately. The service is open to any who grieve the loss of anyone dear to them, across all four benefice parishes.

Vivaldi Re-Imagined

Thank you to everyone who organised and provided a fine welcome at the charity concert last Saturday in North Curry. The concert was in aid of the North Curry "Appeal of Bells" and featured stunning performances, in particular the re-imaging of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Fenella Humphreys (violin) for violin, percussion (George Barton), accordion (Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade) and double bass (Ben Griffiths): an entrancing sound that gave everyone a great deal of enjoyment. And funds were raised!

Harvest Festivals

The season of harvest is upon us. Our four parishes will be celebrating harvest as follows: Lyng on 5th September at 6.30pm, Burrowbridge on 26th September at 10am, North Curry also on 26th September and also at 10am and Stoke St Gregory on 3rd October at 11am.

Bible Study: The Epistle of James

I have already publicised the bible study we are doing next month, beginning this coming Thursday in fact. There has been a little rethinking about the times and venues. I picked the date from mid-air: it seemed the only way to get things underway. However, I have since discovered that because there is so much going on beyond the churches on Thursdays (still getting the hang of this...) I have decided to on the study twice on a Thursday. This will hopefully enable people to come along according to their own schedule.

So, the sessions will run at 4pm in North Curry (in church) and 7pm in Stoke St Gregory (in the church room). Yo can mix and match, come to one (or both!) and change from week to week. I hope that will be flexible enough for people.

Just to remind you what the study is all about, the Epistle of James has much to offer as to how we view the world as Christians. In these times of global turmoil and the ever impending onset of climate change, we need to be aware of how our faith directs our behaviour. James writes about the rich and poor, the powerful and powerless, the need to follow Christ and live in "The Way" as the early followers of Jesus described themselves. As COP26 looms over the horizon, it is worth reflecting how we, the Athelney Benefice, are part of this bigger picture.

What you need to do in preparation for the study sessions:

Not much. And nothing is obligatory! However, if you can, please do have a look at James's Epistle. Also, if you can, please do give some thought to how you step out into a world of challenge and turmoil. Also, also, if you can, please pray for how we learn together. Other than that, just turn up.

Weekly Bulletin

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