Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 31 24.6.20


No 31: 24.6.20



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Church is now open for private prayer from 11am to 12noon, from Monday-Saturday

We will be limiting the number of people in the building to 3 individuals/households.

Why not walk to church, spend a few minutes praying for family and friends before returning home?



What a wonderful community effort we witnessed this weekend!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning and setting up of the prayer stations: Our church looked so bright and cheerful.


We had about 90 visitors over the 3 days - some of us came to enjoy the creativity, and reflect upon the impact of the last few weeks; others to pray in private; all of us to give thanks and remember loved ones.  It certainly brought home to me how being in church and a part of its fellowship can help to focus my worship and pray more powerfully.

Thank you for the donations to South Sefton Food Bank. Another couple of shopping carts of food were dropped off at Crosby Town Hall on Monday, as well as a total of £331.70 in cash and cheques.  This brings our giving total up to approximately 9 shopping carts and £611.70 so far.  Times are going to be tough, so let’s keep everyone well fed and able face the challenges ahead. Lucy will keep collecting on Monday mornings at 3 St Michael’s Road between 10 and 12.

It took a great deal of courage for many of our congregation to step through the doors after so many weeks of having to stay home, and we were so happy to see you!  However, let us take this moment to remember members of our church family who still need to stay safe by staying home: God Bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. Let his light shine upon you and make you radiant in his and all of St Michael’s love for you.  Lucy



We have been warned about a new scam where you contacted by someone saying they are from track and trace. They ask you for personal details including your credit card so you can pay for a test kit.

NOTE this part of the NHS strategy so there is NO CHARGE.


A BIT OF CULTURE: ‘Time for us girls’ by Pam Ayres submitted by Anita

I'm normally a social girl, I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here, we can't go out the gates.
You see, we are the 'oldies' now, we need to stay inside
If they haven't seen us for a while, they'll think we've upped and died.

They'll never know the things we did, before we got this old.
There wasn't any Facebook, so not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies, who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s - if you only knew the truth!

There was sex and drugs and rock 'n roll, the pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied, and were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married, and turned into someone's mum,
Somebody's wife, then nana, who on earth did we become?

We didn't mind the change of pace, because our lives were full 
But to bury us before we're dead, is like a red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside, for 12 weeks, maybe more.
I finally found myself again, then I had to close the door!

It didn’t really bother me, I'd while away the hour
I'd bake for all the family, but I've got no flaming flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful, I like a gutsy thriller
I'm swooning over Idris, or some random sexy killer.

At least I've got a stash of booze, for when I'm being idle
There's wine and whiskey, even gin, if I'm feeling suicidal!
So let's all drink to lockdown, to recovery and health
And hope this awful virus, doesn't decimate our wealth.

We'll all get through the crisis,
and be back to join our mates,
just hoping I'm not far too wide
to fit through the flaming gates!



On Friday 19th June, Richard led our latest quiz.Congratulations to our winners Derek and Sue and Gill. The next quiz will be Friday 3rd July at 7.30pm.



1.  Who was British Prime Minister at the outbreak of WW1?    
2.  Dorneywood is the official country residence of which Cabinet Minister?
3.  In which European city was Handel's 'Messiah' first publicly played?
4.  Which rank in the army is the higher: Lieut General; Brigadier; or Major General?

5.  What type of a weapon is a Kris?

6.  When is the only time that alcohol may be drunk in the House of Commons?

7.  In Arthurian legend, Ulhen Pendragon was father of whom?

8.  Admiralty metal is made of what?

9.  Who designed the Statue of Queen Victoria which is in front on Buckingham Palace?

10.  Which is the oldest Golf Club in England?

11.  If a sailor sees the Flying Dutchman, what is his destiny?

12.  In which major international city was Fiona Bruce born?

13.  Which major European country has a national anthem for which no words are sung?

14.  In Bridge on the River Kwai, what was the surname of the British Colonel played by Alex Guinness?

15.  'Ubique' which means 'Everywhere' is the motto of which section of the British Army?

16.   At the start of a game of Scrabble, how many tiles are available?

17.  Who was the youngest general in the American Civil War?

18.  Whose autobiography, published in 2013, was called 'Strictly Ann'?

19.  Where is England's national hockey stadium?

20.  Who first asked contestants to 'Come on down'?



This is the famous passage from “St Patrick’s Breastplate”, praying the protection of the glorified Christ for you and your community, and for all in need.


Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ at my right, Christ at my left,

Christ in the fortress,

Christ in the chariot,

Christ at the ship’s wheel,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.


I bind unto myself today

The invocation of the Trinity,

I believe the Trinity in the Unity

The Creator of the Universe.



I think it is fair to say that most of us can get rather sentimental about our beloved pets! 

Hilary Turner is now creating the most exquisite custom-knitted replicas for us all to cherish: The price is set at a minimum of £10 - up to you if you wish to pay more - to be donated to The Children's Society by cheque through Lucy at 3 St Michael's Road.

Bramble the Donkey has had his likeness carefully crafted, as you can see below!  Please note - These are more ornamental as opposed to being treated like a toy.



I am giving a two-minute talk each Wednesday on different ways to help you read the Bible. 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.



1.Asquith  2.Chancellor  3.Dublin  4.Lieut General  5.Dagger  6.During Budget speech

7.Arthur  8.Copper, Zinc, Tin  9.Brock  10.Royal Blackheath  11.Doom 12.Singapore

13.Spain  14. Nicholson  15.R. Engineers  16.100  17.Custer  18.A. Widdecombe

19.Milton Keynes  20.Leslie Crowther



Michael McIntyre’s take on the present crisis



Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short