Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 13


No 13: 22.4.20



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A BIT OF CULTURE- Submitted by Angela Kelly.
                                                              CHERRY TREE


1. Sometimes in the morning
when the world is hard to face
in lonely isolation
no contact with the human race.

2. It feels life’s not worth living
with no-one there to share
and every day’s a burden
without a loved-one close to care.


3. To wither behind sadness
the cold and bleak despair
when you cry out in the darkness
no-one answers – no-one’s there.


4. But today the sun is shining
its rays light the cherry tree
the pink and radiant blossom
reaches out to comfort me.


 5. And the daffodils are nodding
the primrose pale and bright
and tulips sway in unison
to grace the morning light.


6.  The world is full of beauty
and friends are on the ’phone
although in isolation
we’re not really on our own.


7. So let’s focus on the future
when of the virus we’ll be free
keep looking at the blossom
on the sun-lit cherry tree.

Jean Hill



Recently Neil interview Sue who works at Alder Hey.

Neil: Sue can you tell us what your role is?
Sue: I am a physiotherapist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.


Neil: How has your work changed during the crisis?

Sue: Unfortunately, throughout the Trust we have had to cancel non urgent and routine

appointments and procedures to reduce the number of people attending the Hospital. This is to help keep exposure to the virus to a minimum and keep the patients and their families safe.

        In Physiotherapy we are carrying out some video or telephone appointments where


       We are working more in teams on the wards as well supporting other areas which are

       under more stress.


Neil: What are the main challenges you face?
Sue: We are going to face more exposure to the virus as things develop and we now have

        some Adult COVID patients within specially designated wards. Fortunately, we have been

        preparing for this over the last few weeks and have been really well trained. Alder Hey

        have plenty of PPE protective equipment and we are very well supported by the Trust.

        There is a real sense of togetherness within all the different staff groups which is



Neil: What things can we pray for you and your colleagues?

Sue: Pray that we all keep safe and well.  That we are able to continue to help each other and

        are able to provide sufficient staff levels if people are needing to self-isolate or are unwell.

        Pray that we are able to show patients love and kindness when they so vulnerable; being

        separated from their loved ones and families.

        To say thank you to God for giving us strength and to guide us through this difficult time.

        To thank him for the overwhelming generosity and support that the public have shown all

        NHS and key workers since the pandemic began.

        Pray that we will overcome this virus and be able to return to normal life but with a new

        respect and appreciation for the wonderful world that we live in and people that we share it



Neil: A really big thank you to Sue and all our other health care works from the community here

        at Blundellsands.



Start is an introduction to the Christian faith in six sessions, for use by any enquiring individual. It helps people:
-think about where they are going with their lives
-grapple with questions about God, Jesus and faith
-begin to consider the good news of Jesus for themselves
-consider how they want to respond to him.

You will need to download the Worksheets for Session 1. These can be accessed by clicking on the following link:  

You will need a PC, laptop or iPhone to watch Session 1 by clicking on the following link:
The video clip for each session lasts approximately 15 minutes. You will be asked to stop the video from time to time to do some thinking and to fill in exercises on the worksheets you have downloaded.


You may find that the course raises questions which you would like to ask. You can email these to me at, or telephone me on 0151 378 0332.
However you may well find that my answer will be, “That’s a great question, and we will be looking at that subject next week.”



A big thank you for the anonymous gift of £130 St Michael’s recently received.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Our Daily Bread by Lucy 

I’ve noticed that many folk have been relearning the art of making their own bread at the moment: I’ve got a recipe from Australia that tells me I can make it in my Mum’s slow-cooker! Why are we suddenly turning back into a nation of bread makers? Is it a response to having more time? Is it because we are worried that the grocery store bread supply will run out?

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask Him to give us our Daily Bread. Once upon a time, back when the Israelites were wandering around and hungry in the wilderness, He literally rained bread down on them from Heaven. These refugees could not store up this manna for the future but had to gather it daily. So it is with other gifts God rains down on us today: So it is with His Peace. Peace is also bread from Heaven. He gives us sufficient Peace for the present when we come daily to Him to give Him thanks in PRAYER. If He was to give us permanent Peace, independent of his presence, we might fall into the trap of trying to be self-sufficient. Impossible. Just like fresh bread is the best, so is daily Peace. God designed us to need Him moment by moment. The more we realize how much we need Him, the more we realize how abundant His gifts are for us. God wants us to spend time with Him, because His grocery store never runs out. We can approach him confidently, EACH DAY, to receive His generous free gift of Peace with a thankful heart.
                                 Philippians 4:6-7   Based on a devotional in ‘Jesus Calling’ by Sarah Young



Dear Father, we thank you for sustaining us in difficult times, when everything seems uncertain and our future unknown. We know that You love us and care about our whole life, that You alone have a plan and a purpose for each of us. Open our hearts to your voice, and then give us courage and a real desire to do Your will; we ask this in your Son’s name. Amen.



Last week we set this quiz. Here are the 27 ‘answers’.  The cartoon was drawn by Ella Baron for the Times Literary Supplement. She goes on to say that there are many more legitimate answers and that somebody sent her a list of 49!

1  In a nutshell

2  Piece of cake

3  Cherry on the cake

4  Bald as a coot

5  A screw loose

6  Stiff upper lip

7  Born with a silver spoon in

    your mouth

8  Ear worm

9  Keep your cards close to

    your chest

10 Joker in the pack

11 Ace up your sleeve

12 Heart on your sleeve

13 On a silver platter

14 Spill the beans

15 Big cheese

16 Red herring

17 To tie the knot

18 Put all your eggs in one


19 Walking on egg shells

20 Shadow of your former self

21 No room to swing a cat

22 The cat’s got your tongue

23 Kick the bucket

24 Pull your socks up

25 Cold feet

26 From rags to riches

27 Time flies



I am giving a two minute talk each Wednesday on Prayer. Like many people I find prayer difficult, so in these videos I include tips on different ways to pray. To access the second video, click the link below.


For those who missed last Sunday’s talk you will find it here:


If you are new to accessing YOUTUBE clips and need some help, just give Margaret or I a ring on 0151 378 0332 and we will help.



Please be careful because people are going crazy from being in lock down!
Actually I’ve just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and we all agreed that things are getting bad.
I didn’t mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything.
Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant.
In the end the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing.
The vacuum was very unsympathetic...told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over!
The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the door knob told me to get a grip.
The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to...yes, you guessed it...pull myself together.                                                                         Submitted by Margaret and Anita



Submitted by Sue.

They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store.

They lied. Everyone else had clothes on.


Submissions for future editions are welcome. You might want to submit favourite books - explaining why, favourite poems or articles and saying why it resonates with you. All submissions need to be short, and the editor reserves all rights to print!



Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short