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

Diary

The levels are alive!

At last, after so many months of biting our lips or (at best) humming along to our favourite hymns and songs, we can now... ta da aaaah... sing in church!

From this coming Sunday, 25th July, after the pandemic restrictions have been fully lifted, we are making one significant shift in our protocols: singing is permitted across all Athelney Benefice churches.

Please note: all other protocols remain operative, so, no common cup, please wear masks inside church, please maintain a sensible distance from each other and please be aware that some may be less than comfortable with a release of the restrictions.

As sensitive and mature people, I know we can all understand the need for these continuing behaviours, but in the meantime: SING! SING! SING!

Coffee Morning for The Bells

In the garden at Manor End, The Fosse with Liz and Keith Gibbs

Saturday 10th July 10-12am
Proceeds to the Church Bell Fund

NB  If it’s wet we’ll cancel!
Also, sorry, there’s no parking at the house!



Appeal of Bells

Bells have rung in North Curry church since at least the reign of Henry VIII.  Half of the current bells are already over 200 years old. 

They are a traditional part of the village, and not just for churchgoers.  The bells are heard by all: most often in the church clock chimes, which sound every quarter, day and night; but they also mark the turning points of village and personal life, from births and weddings to funerals. 

But the bells can no longer be rung as before. The frame and fittings that support them, and the bells themselves, are wearing out.  It is no longer safe to ring the largest bells together. We need to raise around £150,000 to get the bells ringing again. If you would lie to help with this, please head over to the northcurrybells.com site and find out how.

Songs of Praise

Please start giving some thought to your favourites. The Sunday worship at Stoke St Gregory on 18th July will be a combined “Songs of Praise” with the Baptist church. It will be outdoors and so we will be able to sing openly and without masks… O Joy! There will be a suggestion form in church in Lyng on 13th June and subsequently in Stoke St Gregory.

United Service

We are gathering tomorrow (13th June) for our monthly united benefice Eucharist. This month it is at St Bartholomew's, Lyng. Parking is available in the "Old Pub Carpark": thank you!

Coffee Wednesday

It has been a while but Coffee Wednesday is returning to North Curry Church. You may remember it as Coffee Monday, but the vicar's day off is Monday and he doesn't want to miss out!

10am every week starting 9th June in the church. There will be cake.

New look website

It is not fully formed, and there are some odd gaps but as of this week (10th June 2021) it is going live. Please be patient as we continue to develop it and add many more features. Thanks!

Weekly Bulletin

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