Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - no 48 Dated 04.11.202


No 48: 4.11.20



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We are sorry to announce that not only are services in Church not allowed during the present lockdown, but neither is our planned open-air Service at 10.55 on Remembrance Sunday. We will however be sending out an online service on Sunday morning.



At the present time, the country is being locked down for 4 weeks. Here’s what we will be offering at St Michael’s to help us get through this time.

-During lockdown there will be no services in Church. We will however be sending out an online service every Sunday Morning.

-The Church Hall will be closed for all activities.

-We will continue to send out a Newsletter every other Wednesday
-We will be setting up new Telephone Support Groups. We will be putting people into groups of about 6. The idea is that you ring one another once per week, to make sure everyone is OK. This will be particularly important for those who are living alone. If you would like to join a group, please let us know.

- If you are struggling with shopping or collecting prescriptions do get in touch with Terry Owen who will be running the shopping scheme. Please send your name, address, post code, Tel No and order to Terry Owen at:- or ring her on 0151 924 4980.

-John and Frances Quirk (0151 924 6269) are offering to run a jigsaw and book library. If you give them a ring, they will tell you what they have and will be happy to deliver. You may also have books and/or Jigsaws you want to contribute.

-To help fight the boredom we will be running a quiz night every other Friday at 7.30pm. The next one is this Friday 6th November at 7.30pm. If you would like to be involved send an email to Richard Kemp at


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



Many of you will have seen Terry’s excellent Easter cards. I am pleased to say I have been able to persuade her to produce Christmas cards. Terry says, ‘The cards are 6’x 6’ on good quality white or cream card and will be sold in packs of 6 at a cost of £5 per pack. ALL proceeds will go to the Food Bank.’

If you would like to place an order ring Terry on 924 4980.




St Michael’s Food Bank Rep, Lucy, reports that there is a desperate need for rice pudding, juice cartons and instant mash potato. They also need toiletries: shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shower gel and soap, razors and shaving products. If you would like to help give Lucy a ring on 07514 687353.


QUIZ - Submitted by Michael Stone

1. How many different colours are used on the tiles of a Rubik cube?

2. The Artic Circle (lat. 66degrees N) crosses how many countries?

3. Cliff Richard was born in which modern day country?

4. In international cricket, the Wisden Trophy is contested between England and which other country?

5. In medieval times, what was the job of an Austringer?

6. Yellowstone National Park in the USA is in Montana and which other state?

7. What or who is known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street?

8. Rod, pole and perch were terms used in the measurement of what?

9. 'How to marry a millionaire' was the first film to be shown in which new technical format?

10. Which of the seven wonders of the world was located at Olympia?

11. Which hotel in England once claimed to be the first hotel in the world to be lit entirely by electricity and to have electric lifts?

12. Which French impressionist became an 'artist-in-residence' at the London Savoy Hotel?

13. The Nobel Prize started with 5 categories in 1901. Which other category was later added?

14. Which post WWII Archbishop of Canterbury went to school in Crosby?

15. Which famous highwayman was executed in York in 1735?

16. Hodophobia is a fear of what?

17. 'Manners makyth man' is the motto of which ancient English boarding school?

18. What name is given to a leopard that is coloured black?

19. How many weeks are there in ten years?

20. By tradition, the title name given to every new Revue at the Folies Bergère always contains how many letters?


 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Look to me.

Many years ago, when I was a Curate in Glossop, the Church of St James had an enormous spire. During my time in the parish I got to thinking, ’Why did the people of Glossop go to so much effort and cost to build a spire, when a tower would have been easier and considerably cheaper?’

I’m a bear of small brain so it took me some time for the penny to drop. Wherever you go in the town you can see the spire. For the residents of Glossop, St James’ spire is a spiritual signpost. In letters of stone it says, if you are struggling in life, look up to God.

This is exactly what Psalm 46v2 says, ‘God is a very present help in times of trouble’.

Well, the times we are in are certainly troubling. How long will it go on? When will I be able to see my family again? Will I be safe?

So, whatever you are facing, and however you are feeling look to God. He promises to remain with you whatever the future may hold.

Recently someone sent me the following poster. It says everything.



1. 6     2. 8     3. India     4. West Indies     5. Keeper of Hawks     6. Wyoming

7. Bank of England     8. Length     9. CinemaScope     10. Statue of Zeus

11. Savoy     12. Monet     13. Economics     14. Runcie     15. Turpin     16. Travel

17. Winchester     18. Panther     19. 521     20. 13



For those who missed our  Sunday talks you will find them here:

Sunday October 25th : 

Sunday November 1st

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria for lunch.  At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.  The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:

“Take only ONE.  God is watching.”

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.  A child had written a note,

“Take all you want.  God is watching the applies.”



Together we will get through this.

Revd Neil Short