Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil No 6

ST MICHAEL’S COMMUNITY UPDATE

No 6: 1.4.20

INTRODUCTION

  • During the present situation we intend to send out an email letter with news, a thought for the day, medical advice and an ‘always look on the bright side’ item.
  • If you want to be removed from this mailing list please let me know.
  • If you have a friend or neighbour who would like to receive this please forward their details.
  • If you are able and willing to print these and deliver to someone living nearby without email can you please let me have their names so that I know they are included.
  • I also invite you to send in items, especially humorous ones!
  • For all correspondence please use office@stmbsands.org

 

BEWARE OF SCAMS

With the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, criminals are playing on people’s confusion to try new scams. Many claim to offer services and products relating to Covid-19, to trick innocent customers into parting with personal information and their money. So here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.
 

Scams to look out for: -

  • Purchase scams offer protective equipment, sanitising products and other desirable goods for sale, that you will never receive. Be careful paying for anything via bank transfer and only buy goods from reputable companies that you know and trust.
  • Smishing is sending text messages that appear to come from a trustworthy source like the UK government or even your own doctor which try to steal personal or financial information. If you doubt the text’s authenticity, don't click links. Visit www.gov.uk to check any information given. Verify an organisation’s phone number from their website or from old printed correspondence.
  • Phishing is sending emails which try to make you divulge sensitive personal or financial information. They may appear to be Covid-19 tax refunds, reimbursements from travel bookings, safety advice via email and even donation requests. Fraudsters will try to make you click on links that aren't safe. So, think before you click. If in doubt, then don't click. And don’t open any attachments from senders that you don’t know. If you’re still worried, talk to family, friends or someone else you trust.
  • Vishing is unsolicited phone calls. Always be suspicious of ‘cold-callers’. Don’t be afraid to challenge them or hang up if you can’t verify the caller. Banks, police etc. will never ask for security information, so never give out personal details. If you’re concerned, call the organisation back on the number listed on their website, ideally on a different phone as criminals can sometimes keep the line open. Or if it’s your bank, use the number on the back of your card.

 

FACE MASKS

Phat Pierce-Jones has offered to put her sewing skills to good use. She has come up with the idea of making face masks from old clothes. If you have old clothes she could use, or you would like a supply of face masks can you get in touch with her and John on: 07450 965247 or email phatchari.briggs@gmail.com
 

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE WHEN THIS IS OVER?  -  this is from China

  1. As we watch the rest of the world begin their time inside; here are some of my reflections on the last seven weeks:
    Accept that you have no control over the situation. Let go of any thoughts of trying to plan too much for the next month or two. Things change so fast. Don't be angry and annoyed at the system. Anxiety goes down, and you make the best of the situation - whatever that might be for you. Accept that this is what it is and things will get easier.
  2. Try not to listen to/read/watch too much media. It WILL drive you crazy. There is a thing as too much!
  3. The sense of community I have felt during this time is incredible. I could choose who I wanted to spend my energy on - who I wanted to call, message and connect with and found the quality of my relationships has improved.
  4. Appreciate this enforced downtime. When do you ever have time like this? I will miss it when we go back to the fast-paced speed of the 'real world'.
  5. Time goes fast. I still haven't picked up the ukulele I planned to learn, and there are box sets TV shows I haven't watched yet.
  6. You learn to appreciate the little things; sunshine through the window, flowers blossoming and being able to enjoy a coffee.


To those just beginning this journey, You will get through it. Listen to what you are told, follow the rules and look out for each other. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

YOU CAN’T BE TOO CAREFUL

I thought I was being really careful but somehow I have managed to catch it. Fortunately only mild symptoms so enforced isolation. However I was looking for more sympathy than this comment from Liz to my wife Marg. I hope he feels better soon. Keep on swabbing him down with the wipes. Put a few goldfish in a bucket in the garden & he can practise his fishing from the bedroom window!

 

PRAYERS

It might be that you know someone who is ill, or particularly in need of prayer at this time. Please send any names through to Nerys in the church office who will add them to our prayer list.


I have spoken to the Salesian Sisters in Dowhills Road, who have said they will include any names in their daily prayers, so we will pass names to them. 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

One of the loveliest passages in the bible is when the woman washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair and pours perfumed oil on him. (John 12 1-80). It is a moment of generous giving from the woman. Indeed some of the disciples think it is excessive and wasteful, but he accepts her gift gracefully. The point is that he recognises his need of her loving generosity and in return offers her forgiveness for her faith.  At our ecumenical service back in January the theme was “Unusual Kindness” and that is what we are seeing throughout the country at this time, gifts of time and effort are being given and received in unusual circumstances.  Giving and taking are two sides of the same coin, there are times when we give to others and there are others when we need to receive those gifts gracefully and thankfully. No one is too insignificant to give but neither is anyone too great to receive the generosity of others.

 

PRAYER

Father we give thanks for all the kindnesses which we are receiving from others: Thoughtful words, offers of help, phone calls, letters and gifts. May we accept help gracefully where it is offered and seek to find ways of giving of ourselves even when we are locked within our homes. May our hearts be filled with love and care for those beyond our walls and offer them our prayerful support. We pray through our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

I went to Tesco’s the other day, and in the car park even the cars were observing social distancing.

 

My niece’s little boy Joshua aged 6 can now scrub up to do a surgical operation! However when he finished school his hands were sore and red. As an ex nurse and midwife my tip of the week, is make sure everyone puts on some hand cream before they go to bed.  I shall pray for you all. Ailsa

https://youtu.be/OyjF28B0ouY 

 

Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short

1.4.20