Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short no 46 7th October 2020


No 46: 7.10.20


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On Friday 2nd October, The Bishop of Liverpool, sent out to clergy and Churchwardens the latest guidance for churches. Here are the key points.
-Church services can continue provided risk assessments have been updated. St Michael’s risk assessment was updated 3.10.20. The following extra precautions have been added.
-Entry to the church will be via BOTH doors. This will help prevent crowding near the door. Please put your mask on before entering the building.
-Exit from the building will be via BOTH doors. This will help prevent crowding at the door and outside.
-Those attending services will be reminded to leave the building immediately after the service, to continue wearing a mask outside the building, and NOT to congregate for a chat.

Church Hall.

At the present time, the regulations state: Schools and Covid-secure settings are not affected and remain open. We will be discussing the situation with all our Church Hall user groups. At the present time nothing has been cancelled.



Each week run 2 identical services every week which will last approximately 30 minutes

  • One on a Wednesday at 10.30am. This is targeted at people who are most at risk. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 15, and you will need to book in advance with the office.
  • The other is on a Sunday at 10.30am. Maximum capacity of St Michael’s, allowing for social distancing is about 40.
  • We plan to film the Wednesday service, John will edit it and I will send it out on the Sunday morning, so that those who are at home can watch it at 10.30am.

If you have any questions please do contact Nerys in the church office 0151 924 0561, or email



The next quiz nights is this Friday 9th October at
If you would like to be involved send an email to Richard Kemp at

We will be having a quiz every month.



Were you born in a barn?

Say pardon, not “What”.

I’ve told you a thousand times.

Because I said so.

Ask your dad.

Move away from the T.V. you’ll get square eyes.

You wait until your dad gets home!

Do as I say, not as I do.

Eat your crusts, you’ll get curly hair.

There’s no such word as “CAN’T”.

It’s like Blackpool bloody illuminations in here.

It’ll all end in tears.

You’ll take somebody’s eye out with that.

If your mate asked you to jump off a cliff, would you?

No pudding unless you eat your dinner.

Back in my day ….

I want, never gets.

What did your last slave die of?

Who’s “SHE?” The cat’s mother.



1.         Seeing a surge in interest from people wanting to gamble which is the only European country that still has an active football premier league? (Dynamo Brest are the reigning champions).

2.         What year’s Winter Olympics featured the debut of Eddie the Eagle and the Jamaican national bobsleigh team?

3.         In Usain Bolt’s final race, at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, which country won the men’s 4x100m relay?

4.         In 2019, which country came third in the Rugby World Cup, came second in the Cricket World Cup and won the Netball World Cup?


-There are 66 books in the Bible. 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.
- A popular translation of the Bible contains around 774,000 words (depending on the version). It would take you approximately 70 hours to read the whole Bible out loud.
-There were over 40 writers of the Bible, including scribes, fishermen, kings, royal officials, prophets, musicians, secretaries and poets as well as the odd doctor or tree-surgeon.
-The Bible contains many different types of documents: poetry, legal documents, songs, letters, eyewitness accounts, people stories, historical documents and advice material.
-Originally, some of the Bible was written in Hebrew, some in Aramaic and some in Greek. Today, about 2,500 of the world’s 7000+ languages have part of the Bible translated into them.
- The Bible is by far the best-selling book of all time. The Bible Society’s attempt to calculate the number printed between 1816 and 1975 produced the figure of almost 2 and a half billion.
-Well known phrases include:

  • All things to all men
  • The blind leading the blind
  • Can a leopard change its spots?
  • A fly in the ointment
  • The writing on the wall

-Here are some of the reasons given in a Bible society survey why people read the Bible:         

“I sometimes pick it up from the shelf when I’ve heard a quote or text in a newspaper and want to know more.”

“I refer to it for the answers to crosswords and quizzes.”

“I enjoy reading it sometimes for the stories in it.”

“I find it a comfort and I enjoy reading it. It’s familiar and something I enjoy reading.”

“I try to make sense of things when bad things happen.”

“I find I read it because it refreshes me.”

So, if you have not read your Bible recently why not give it a go. I suggest you first read LUKE’S GOSPEL which outlines the life of Jesus and then his second book, ACTS, which details events in the first years of the early Church.




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Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short