Community updates from the Revd Neil Short during Coronavirus - No 49 18.11.20


No 49: 18.11.20



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During lockdown we will be sending out an online service every Sunday Morning so you can watch it at home at 10.30am or at any time which is convenient to you.



Assuming the lockdown ends, as expected at the beginning of December, we have lots of special services planned back at St Michael’s in the weeks leading up to Christmas. As usual these will be held on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s and sent out online. For simplicity I will just list the details for each Sunday:
Sunday 6th      December 10.30am  Morning Prayer      Toy Service*
Sunday 13th  December 4.00pm                                      Christingle Service No 1**
Sunday 20th  December 4.00pm                                      Christingle Service No 2**
Thursday 24th December 4.00pm                                     Outdoor Carol Service***
Friday 25th      December 10.30am  Holy Communion     Christmas Day
Sunday 27th  December                                                    No Service.
Sunday 3rd     January 10.30am       Holy Communion 

*Toy Service, please bring unwrapped present for any child under 18. The toys and collection on the day will be used by the local Salvation Army for their work with families.

** This year we will be running 2 identical Christingle Services. With maximum capacity about 45, we require everybody to book a place at one service or another. Send an email to Nerys in the office  or leave a message on the church answer phone  0151 924 0561. If several members of your family who are attending are in a bubble, please mention this.

***The Carol service will be about 30 minutes, outdoors with singing. This will go ahead whatever the weather. We will set up a few chairs in the Church Hall for those who are unable to stand. We will open the windows so you can hear, but sadly you are not allowed to join in with the singing. The collection will go to the Salvation Army.



The next quiz night is this Friday 20th November at 7.30pm. There will be a prize for those taking part on their own and another for those in a family group.
If you would like to be involved send an email to Richard Kemp at



Over the past few months, since the crisis began, quite a few new people have joined St Michael’s. In normal times Margaret and I would by now have invited you to a Welcome Party at our house and then invited you to an evening explaining what the church is all about.
“Who makes the decisions?”

“What happens to the money I put on the plate?”
“How can I get involved?”

Because it looks like it will be quite some time until we get back to normal, Marg and I have decided to organise a WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT event, which will be by ZOOM and will be spread over two evenings: Tuesday 24th November and Tuesday 1st December, both starting at 7.30pm and lasting about an hour. If you would like to be involved, send me an email to, I will drop off a booklet to you, send you the Zoom link - then fill up your glass and we will have a great time together.


IT'S NO FUN GETTING OLDER - Submitted by Di.



I am sure we all want to join with Sue thanking Alisa, Mary and Amelia for their amazing contributions. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of young children, please see details on Facebook page Girlguiding Crosby.

We want to say a big thank you to Mary Johnson and her daughter Amelia for their help running 14th Crosby Rainbow Unit which meets every Tuesday night at St Michael's Church Hall. Unfortunately, they are both finishing as Leaders at the end of the Autumn term.

Mary started as a Brownie assistant leader in 2001 for 14th Crosby Brownies who used to meet on a Thursday evening in the Church hall. She then continued with Brownies as leader until the unit closed in 2016. Mary was also a Young Leader adviser for a couple of years during this time.

Following the closure of this Brownie group Mary became an assistant leader of 14th Crosby Rainbows on a Tuesday and will continue in this role until Christmas. This adds up to nearly 20 years service in Guiding for which we are very grateful!

Mary's daughter, Amelia, started in Guiding at the age of 14 as a Young Leader in 2007. As a Young Leader she volunteered with Brownies and Rainbows and soon passed her Leadership Qualification. Amelia then helped run 14th Crosby Brownies and the Rainbow units over a 10-year period until she too moved back to Rainbows on a Tuesday when Thursday Brownies closed.

We thank them both for their help and support over many years. Keeping these units going has given girls aged 5-10 years the opportunity to try new things and teach them about themselves, their community and their world.

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to Ailsa McGhie who has just stepped down from her role as Division Commissioner, which is a position she has held for the past 5 years. Prior to this she has held the position of District Commissioner three times!! We simply couldn't let her go!!!! But there is no rest yet...….. Ailsa will continue to lead 21st Crosby Brownie Unit which meets in the Church hall on Wednesday evenings. She is also continuing as Young Leader Advisor helping to train future Leaders.

Ailsa is the glue which keeps us all together!! She has continued to work tirelessly ensuring that we all have the tools we need to run our Units. She has been our communication from County all the way down to any individuals who volunteer in Guiding and run groups of all ages. It is only through her love of Guiding and enthusiasm that has kept us all going. Ailsa has helped run many Units over the years after starting in Guiding in 1977 and has now done 43 years as a volunteer! We thank you so much for all your hard work, we will miss you terribly.

Sue Kemp 14th Crosby Guides at St Michael's Church.



History Evening 7.30pm Monday 30th November – Find out more about the history of Crosby in this enlightening evening with Hugh Hollinghurst followed by a Q&A session.  If you have a question about Crosby’s past, then please enter it when signing up to the evening.  Book via or ringing 931 3119 (please leave a message).


QUIZ - WHO SAID WHAT AND TO WHOM? Submitted by Michael Stone

1. Who said to a mass rally...I have a dream..?

2. What did Harold Wilson say was...a long time in politics..?

3. Who said...They can have any colour they like provided it's black..?

4. Who thought that he had...brought peace in our time..?

5. In Court cross examination who said...well he would, wouldn't he..?

6. Who said that the most difficult thing in politics, dear boy, events..?

7. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun... was associated with whom..?

8. Give us the tools and we will do the job... was said by whom in WWII..?

9. In the 1932 film Grand Hotel which actress said...I want to be alone..?

10. Which party leader in 1960 urged his fight and fight again to save the Party we love..?

11. Which wit wrote...Bernard Shaw does not have an enemy in the world and none of his friends like him..?

12. Play it again Sam...was in which film..?

13. To what did President Nixon refer when he said...there will be no whitewash at the White House?

14. Who expected...every Englishman to do his duty..?

15. I wouldn't want to belong to any Club which would have me as a member..was attributed to which comedian brother..?

16. When did you last see your father... is a painting in the Walker Art Gallery. Who painted it?

17. To whom did Queen Victoria refer when she said...he always addresses me as though I were a public meeting..?

18. Which comedy film about two men dressed as women in an all-girl band finished with the words...nobody's perfect..?



We will soon be moving into the season of Advent which means ‘COMING’.

Traditionally we look back to Jesus’ first coming, and we look forward to his second coming. The time when God blows the final whistle, winds up this life and welcomes us into the next.

The importance of looking forward tends to wax and wane depending on our time in history. For example, when life is good, when we have all that we need and when there is not a cloud in our sky, Advent can be little more than just a nice thought.

But when we are having problems, facing persecution or even fearful for our life, Advent takes on a far more immediate significance.

The present Covid Crisis continues to deepen, the death toll in this country alone is now over 50,000, and if we are honest, the end to this crisis seems to be moving away from us into the distance. But whatever this life throws at us, Advent announces that the best is yet to come. The Bible reminds us that in our eternal life with Jesus there will be…’ No more death, no more mourning, no more crying and no more pain.’ Revelation 21v4

Experience shows that the more we have a firm fix on our future, the better we can face whatever is happening in the present.



For those who missed our  Sunday talks you will find them here:
Sunday November 8th  :

Sunday November 15th  Talk 1:

                                       Talk 2:


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1. Martin Luther King     2. A week     3. Henry Ford     4. Chamberlain     5. Mandy Rice-Davies

6. Macmillan   7. Noel Coward     8. Churchill     9. Greta Garbo     10. Hugh Gaitskell

11. Oscar Wilde     12. Casablanca     13. Watergate     14. Nelson     15. Groucho Marx

16. William Frederick Yeames     17. Gladstone     18. Some Like It Hot




Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short