Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 42 - 12 August 202


No 42: 12.8.20



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We are delighted to be able to announce that services are recommencing at St Michael’s this week. Initially the pattern of weekly services will be as follows:

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

  • One on a Wednesday at 10.30am. This will be targeted at people who are most at risk. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 15, and you will need to book in advance with the office.
  • The other will be on a Sunday at 10.30am. Maximum capacity of St Michael’s, allowing for social distancing is about 30, depending on family group sizes, but we anticipate that attendance should be about 20-25.
  • 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.
  • At 11.30am on the Sunday we are planning to have ZOOM coffee. The Zoom invitation will be sent out on Sunday morning with the service sheet. All three groups: Wed, Sun, and those at home, will be able to take part so we will see everyone.

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


PUNS FOR "EDUCATED MINDS" Submitted by Anita

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silkworms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.



Lucy reports that as of this week, our total giving to South Sefton Food Bank is £717, plus about 11 shopping carts of food items. £60 has been donated to the The Children's Society through Hilary's sales of knitted animals. A big thank you to everyone especially Lucy and Hilary



1.         Which 1960 novel by Harper Lee won the 1961 Pulitzer prize for fiction?
2.         The Halle is a symphony orchestra based in which English city?
3.         Phnom Penh is the capital of which southeast Asian country?
4.         The poet Wilfred Owen was killed one week before the signing of the armistice that ended which war?
5.         Which comedy legend died on April 15, 1984, while performing on the TV show Live from Her Majesty’s?
6.         The First Indochina War (1946-54) ended in the provisional division of which country along the 17th parallel?
7.         Which halogen is a fuming red-brown liquid at room temperature?
8.         Which animal name describes a pessimistic investor who believes the market will decline?
9.         Wendolene Ramsbottom and her pet cyber-dog Preston feature in which 1995 Wallace & Gromit short film?
10.       William Shatner starred in Incubus, a 1966 film made entirely in which constructed language?
11.       All’Antico Vinaio is a famous sandwich shop in which Italian city?
12.       Advent and Triumph of Christ  (c1480) is a work by which German-born early Netherlandish painter?
13.       Based on Sado Island, Japan, which professional troupe made their debut at the 1981 Berlin Festival?
14.       The English footballers Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris’ currently play for which French club?



Social distancing.

In Jesus’ day social distancing was the norm for those who were religious.
-Jews would try to keep their social distance from Samaritans for fear of being tainted. But Jesus often mixed with Samaritans and held one up as a role model in his famous parable.
-Jewish men were expected not to be seen with women in public. So, the story of Jesus meeting the women at the well, in the middle of the day is not only surprising but even shocking. To make it worse, she was a Samaritan!
- On several occasions Jesus was accused of spending his time with sinners and drunkards…..but this doesn’t seem to bother him.

But the biggest incident of God breaking social distancing is the incarnation. A holy God became a human being and lived on earth amongst sinful men and women.

In this present crisis we need to take social distancing very seriously. The risks of failing to heed official advice are very real and the consequences can be fatal.  So, it’s interesting to note that Jesus purposely chose to mix with sinners, he became infected and as a consequence ended up dying. St Paul drives the point home in Romans 5v8 when he underlines the fact that, ‘It was whilst we were yet sinners that Christ died for us.’

The fact is God is prepared to go to such lengths because he loves us.



Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face

in the light of the moon and patterns of stars,

in sacred mountain rifts and ancient groves,

in mighty seas and creatures of the deep.


Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face

in the light of eyes we love,

in the salt of tears we have tasted,

in weathered countenances east and west,

in the soft skin glow of the child everywhere.

Whichever way we turn, O God, there is Your face,

there is Your face

among us.


For those who missed our  Sunday talks you will find them here:
Sunday 2nd  Talk:
Sunday 9th  Talk:

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. To Kill a Mockingbird    2. Manchester    3. Cambodia    4. The World War

5. Tommy Cooper    6. Vietnam    7. Bromide    8. Bear    9. A Close Shave

10. Es Peranto    11. Florence    12. Hans Memling    13. Kodo    14. Olympique Lyonnais



"The local baths have now reopened and, in order to comply with social distancing, lane two, four and six will not have any water in them."  Submitted by John





Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short