Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 17


No 17: 6.5.20



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On Friday 8th May at 7pm we are holding a Quiz Night by Zoom. This should be good fun and a great way to keep in touch. The whole event will last only 40 minutes the length of a Zoom meeting.


Richard Kemp is our quizmaster and he will be setting 15 general knowledge questions. There will be a prize for a person playing on their own, and another for those in groups of 2 and above. Clearly there can be no use of phones, Google or books, we will just be trusting each other.

If you want to take part send an Email to Richard at:

He will send you an email explaining how to set up ZOOM and on Friday will send another email which will be an invitation to the Quiz.

Don’t be afraid to have a go - we are all learning together.



You may have seen ‘Thought for the Day’ articles in our newsletters which have been written by Lucy. Lucy is a Physiotherapist in Canada, but has been marooned here in Blundellsands since the lock down.

This week Neil interviewed Lucy about staying active:

Neil:    Why is staying active so important?

Lucy: We are designed to move! If we don’t move our body, we slowly ‘lose’ our body:

Muscles become weak, joints become stiff, bones become brittle, our circulation suffers, our lungs don’t expand, things begin to hurt, and our brains become rather gloomy.


Neil:    Why is it even more important to stay active if you are older?

Lucy: Just like vintage cars, we need more maintenance after the age of 40. For women, it is

especially important to stay strong, as our muscles tend to waste more quickly.  Balance

is closely linked to strength. If you stay strong, you are less likely to be at risk from falling.


Neil:    Can you suggest some simple exercises we could all do?

Lucy:   The best kind of exercise is to:


  1. Get dressed every day and go for a walk, if you can. If you have to stay in, and you are still a walker, still get dressed, try stepping or marching to a tune on the radio or in your head, like the “Grand Old Duke of York”.

Don’t do more than you are used to, unless you know for sure it is safe to do so.


  1. Ankle Paddles while sitting: If you tend to spend a large amount of time sitting, remember to keep pumping those ankles up and down, round and round, and try drawing circles with your big toe on the floor in front of you. It is important to keep the circulation going in your legs, to avoid blood clots having the chance to form.


  1. Deep breathing can be done by us all: Filling the bottom of your lungs, where most air exchange takes place, is good for everyone. Try doing them when you wake up, before you go to sleep, and before you pray.



Breathe in through your nose for the count of 2 “Smell the roses”

Breathe out through pursed lips for the count of 4 “Blow out the candle”

Do this about 3 times … Too many times at one time will make you dizzy!


The longest you should allow yourself to stay in one position is 1 hour….



Margaret has some fantastic material that we can all access:

Those who attend her Wednesday morning classes are receiving regular exercise tips and challenges. If you would like to be included in these mailings, please email Margaret at:  or call her on 07950 027395.


Neil:    Is there anything we should be careful about, now that we are spending more

           time alone at home?

Lucy:  I’ve noticed that a lot of folk have been either gardening more, sitting for longer in squashy chairs, sometimes with their feet up, watching TV, or curling up on the sofa/in bed reading books for longer. There are many more sore backs and sore necks in the neighbourhood at the moment….

Remember to pace yourself if you have taken on a project: Try setting a time limit as opposed to going at it until the task is complete.  We call this being ‘time oriented’ instead of ‘task oriented’. Being ‘task oriented’ is for the Age 30 and under population, who can get away with ignoring their bodies!  In the end, for us, the task will be completed with a better outcome. It applies to reading books cover-to-cover and watching all the episodes in a gripping TV series too. So tempting!  There is nothing wrong with sitting for periods of time, but your back and neck will be grateful if they are fully supported in a neutral position rather than bent into a banana or snail shape!


Neil:    A big thank you to Lucy for her help with this article, and for her input on ‘Thought for the Day’.




Helen is modelling her own designed and sewn gown made from an old bedsheet for the staff at Warren Park. If they need more, we will get back to you with requests for material and sewing skills. I will be sitting this one out!

There are rumours that Matt Hancock has been trying to contact Helen!



This is a video produced by Anne Monk’s son Jonny who is a consultant. It gives an inside view of what it’s like to work in a hospital.



There are so many things which are challenging during the lock down, not least getting your hair done. If you think I look worried, its Margaret’s turn next week!


                                                         CORONA LISA




John and Frances Quirk have offered to run a Jigsaw Library.

They will put them into 4 categories:

1. Easy    2. Difficult    3. Fiendish     4. Don't even think about it!

If you would like to borrow one ring John and Frances on

0151 924 6269. It’s worth measuring your table before you ring.

If you have any you would like to donate that would be great. They do need to have all the pieces.


Start is an introduction to the Christian faith in six sessions, for use by any enquiring individual. We have had a couple of sessions, but you can still join in. 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+2+3. These can be accessed by clicking on the following link:'s%20Notes.pdf

You will need a PC, laptop or iPhone to watch the sessions, click on the following links:   
Week 1:

Week 2:

Week 3:



This puzzle, submitted by Nerys, is not as easy as it looks. Study it very carefully, then look again. Answer at the bottom of the sheet.



Have you ever noticed how important women are in the Easter story? It was the women who stayed at the cross when the male disciples ran away. It was a woman who was the first to see Jesus alive after the resurrection. Most significant of all is that it was a woman who God chose to be the first witness, telling others that Jesus had been raised from the dead.
This is all the more remarkable because in Jesus’ day women were viewed as little less than second class citizens. Indeed, women were not allowed to give evidence in court because they were not considered reliable.


On Easter Sunday God raised Jesus from the dead, and he raised the status of women. Sadly, it’s taken many of us men a long time to catch up.



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.



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 fourth 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.




Anonymously submitted.


Submitted by Sue

Breaking News: Donald Trump has told all weightlifters who can’t get to the gym to inject themselves with Mr Muscle.


The answer is 5 + ((5 +10 + 4) x 2) = 43  


Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short