Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 25

ST MICHAEL’S COMMUNITY UPDATE

No 25: 3.6.20

 

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.
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  • I also invite you to send in items, especially humorous ones!
  • For all correspondence please use office@stmbsands.org

 

IF YOU NEED A LAUGH

https://youtu.be/5iEE8Ej1444

 

HOLIDAY IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES 

Each year we run a holiday at Parcevall Hall. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our booking for 2020 because of the crisis. Consequently, we have made two bookings for 2021.

Monday 29th March -Thursday 1st April 2021: £255

Friday 4th –Sunday 6th June 2021: £170 Especially for those who work

Parcevall Hall is a 16th Century mansion house in beautiful gardens set in the Yorkshire Dales, with antique furniture.  The cost includes 3 cooked meals per day, morning coffee with homemade biscuits, and afternoon tea with homemade cakes. We do long walks, short walks, or no walks, conducted tours of the garden and trips out. We organise lifts if they are required.

Why not join us in these fantastic surroundings for a mix of socialising, taking in God’s creation and seeking His presence. Parcevall only sleeps 20 so it’s first come first served.

For more details and a booking form send an email to Nerys at office@stmbsands.org

 

TEST AND TRACE
I received the following this week from the Diocese.

 

You will hopefully have seen the recent Government advice on “Test and Trace”. Please share this with your community, in particular with anyone known to you who may not have heard it or grasped it fully: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works 

 

QUIZ - "Old Money!" Can you answer the clues and then add up the total?

 

£

s

d

Answer

A Bicycle

 

 

 

 

A Singer

 

 

 

 

Part of a Monkey's Leg

 

 

 

 

A Man's name

 

 

 

 

A Kind of Pig

 

 

 

 

Sun, Moon and Pluto

 

 

 

 

A Leather worker

 

 

 

 

50% of Panties

 

 

 

 

A Royal Headdress

 

 

 

 

Hit Repeatedly

 

 

 

 

Unwell Sea Creature

 

 

 

 

                              TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

WINE TASTING QUIZ NIGHT

On Friday 5th June at 7pm we are holding a Wine Tasting 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. For the 4 small bottles of wine we deliver to your door leading up to the event it will cost £10. For full details and to book your place send an email to Phil and Gen Flynn.
philflynn01@hotmail.com

Phil 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. Get yourself 4 glasses, some cheese and other nibbles and be ready for a great occasion.

 

BIBLE STUDIES

Every Monday I email out a Bible study material. We are about to start a new series on Monday 8th June. If you are not already on the mailing list, and you would like to receive the studies just send me an email   neil.short@stmbsands.org

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool

My Grandmother, like millions of other people, used to say: “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian”. In one sense this is obviously true, and many today would testify to it even before COVID-19 - for example the housebound, carers unable to leave the home, the physically disabled. Now, in these days of lockdown, the truth of the statement is equally evident, perhaps especially in the lives of those many people who don’t possess a computer or a smartphone or tablet. If you can’t connect with other Christians, this does not make you a second-class believer?

But in another sense my Grandma was mistaken. Christians are called to live as a community in all the ways that are possible to them. For most of us in this country, this has meant a physical community meeting regularly. In this season - which will not last forever - it has had to mean different things, depending on people’s life circumstances. But whatever the possibilities are, to turn one’s back on this community is to be deprived of many of the blessings of the faith. The writer to Hebrews knew this: “Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have got into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near” (Heb 10:25: Common English Bible).
The absence of face-to-face gatherings does not mean our community is not real. Whether it’s a pastoral phone call, a smile and a wave through the window, or a Zoom service or gathering, the church is meeting. 

 

PRAYER

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

 

ON-LINE TALKS

I am giving a two minute talk each Wednesday on different ways to help you read the Bible. To access the first video, click the link below.
https://youtu.be/_xAUdwWCslc

 

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

https://youtu.be/QB3Mv3Dtqq0

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.

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

 

£

s

d

 

Answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bicycle

 

 

1

1/4

Penny Farthing

A Singer

10

 

 

 

Tenor

Part of a Monkey's Leg

 

 

 

1/2

Ape knee

A Man's name

 

1

0

 

Bob

A Kind of Pig

1

1

 

 

Guinea

Sun, Moon and Pluto

 

 

 

3/4

3 far things

A Leather worker

 

 

6

 

Tanner

50% of Panties

 

10

0

 

1/2 a knicker

A Royal Headdress

 

5

0

 

Crown

Hit Repeatedly

1

0

0

 

Pound

Unwell Sea Creature

6

0

0

 

Sick squid

                              TOTAL

£18

17

8

1/2

 

 

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

Apparently, we can’t visit our relative’s homes but estate agents can buy and sell houses. So, I’ve put my house on the market and my Mum and Dad are coming for a viewing at 4.30pm!!

 

Submitted by Sue

 

TEACHER:    How old is your father?

KID:                He is 6 years
TEACHER:    What? How is this possible?
KID:                He became father only when I was born

(Logic: Children are quick and always speak their minds)

 

TEACHER:    Maria, go to the map and find North America
MARIA:          Here it is
TEACHER:    Correct. Now, Class, who discovered America?
CLASS:          Maria

 

TEACHER:    Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
GLENN:         K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L
TEACHER:    No, that's wrong
GLENN:         Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it
(I love this child)

 

TEACHER:    Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD:      H I J K L M N O
TEACHER:    What are you talking about?
DONALD:      Yesterday you said it's H to O

 

TEACHER:    Clyde, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did
                      you copy his?  
CLYDE:         No, sir, it's the same dog

 

TEACHER:    Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no                                                                   longer interested?                 
HAROLD:      A teacher

 

The Seven Dwarves have been told that they can now meet in groups of 6!

 

Together we will get through this.

Revd Neil Short

3.6.20