Coronavirus - Community updates from the Revd Neil Short - No 19

ST MICHAEL’S COMMUNITY UPDATE

No 19: 13.5.20

 

INTRODUCTION

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A BIT OF CULTURE
                                         Corona Poem submitted by Anita

WHO ARE YOU?

 

What is your name?

You have caused so much heartache

since the day you came.

You’ve taken so many lives,

there’s some that you have spared.

We’re all on lockdown at home,

no longer free as a bird.

How long are you here for?

I really need to know;

but if the truth was known

I just want you to go!

People have come together

even though they’re far apart,

helping as best they can

so life can just restart.

 

RESPONSE!!!

 

I’m sure you know my name by now,

I’m always on the news.

There’s lots of people fighting,

whilst standing in long queues.

I know it’s very distressing,

It’s hit you all real hard.

I go at the speed of light,

for life I have no regard;

I really am contagious,

I spread just like wild fire.

Stay home, stay safe on lockdown,

or the death rate will go higher.

I don’t have any control,

I don’t know when to stop -

But if you all stay home

the numbers will soon drop.

I won’t go on forever,

I will go as quick as I came.

The storm of corona will pass

and the sun will shine again.

 

 

QUIZ NIGHT
A big thank you to Richard for organising the Zoom Quiz Night last Friday. Jane won a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate as a prize for those taking part on their own.  Phil and Gen won from those playing in a group. Previous winners will be handicapped next time, I have to win somehow!
We plan to run another quiz event on Friday 22nd May at 7pm. Each event will take a slightly different format. For example, next time some of the questions, by Rachel Burnett, will be musical.  Further details will appear in next week’s newsletter.

 

INTERVIEW

Recently Neil interviewed Jan Owen about West Lancs Golf Club.

 

Neil:  It’s been a very frustrating time for us golfers.  I have resorted to setting up a driving range

in the garden. https://youtu.be/c3UjeSuBbFM      How have you coped Jan?

Jan:    I have missed it, but in the meantime have discovered some amazing walks and cycling routes in the area to compensate.

 

Neil:    Like all businesses, this must have been a difficult time financially for the club?

Jan:    Yes.  All the catering staff have been furloughed and it’s unlikely the clubhouse will be open for social events/food/drinks etc. for some time.  The admin staff are working from home and we have a subcommittee in charge of decision making and forward planning.  The Professional has furloughed his staff and is waiting for a decision when he can re-open.

 

Neil:    Have the ground staff been maintaining the course?

Jan:     Yes, there has been a skeleton staff to keep the greens and fairways under control and we have been receiving regular updates.

 

Neil:    I understand that The R & A have brought in some new rules to cope with the crisis.  What are they?

Jan:    The emphasis is on health and safety, not only for players and operational staff, but everyone who might in some way be affected in allowing our game to re-start. 

 

Neil:    Is it correct that golf will restart on Wednesday 13th May?

Jan:    I believe so. We will only be allowed 9 holes of social golf to start with, on our own or with members of our household. No rakes, no flags!  It will seem strange, but cannot wait to get out into our beautiful space again.  There will be some very strict guidelines for members to adhere to. Woe betide those who break them! 

 

Last week a friend said to me that the first thing he will do when it is safe for golf to return is put all his energy into the opening tee shot.  The second thing he will do is hit a provisional!

 

QUIZ - Submitted by Eileen and Michael. Answers towards the end.

  1. How many full bags of wool did Baa-Baa black sheep have?
  2. Who said of Russia…’it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’?
  3. What is the square root of 25?
  4. In what year did the first Advent calendar go on sale in the UK?
  5. On Jan 1st 1980 the first episode of a comedy series, featuring Gladys, Ted, and Spike was shown. What was the series?
  6. Who was the first commoner to have a state funeral?
  7. What did Sir Tim Berners-Lee invent?
  8. Which is the only town in the UK visited by Elvis Presley?
  9. The footsie in the UK, the Dow Jones in the USA are stock exchange indices. In which country is the index called Drax?
  10. If you were a cruciverbalist, what would you enjoy doing?

 

 

START - GOD, JESUS, AND THE JOURNEY OF LIFE IN SIX SESSIONS
Start is an introduction to the Christian faith in six sessions, for use by any enquiring individual. We began a couple of weeks ago, 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+4. These can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

https://www.leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk/data/resource_files/CoronaStart%20Member's%20Notes.pdf
 

You will need a PC, laptop or iPhone to watch Session 1 by clicking on the following link:   
Week 1:  
https://youtu.be/pOcT_haLYDM
Week 2:   https://youtu.be/azTF9kxt4rA

Week 3:  https://youtu.be/Hcy-ve0Rl-U

Week 4:   https://youtu.be/dR9pr0XO544

 

 

 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY by Lucy

John Lennon said “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”

We don’t know what lies immediately ahead. The News tells us of dramatic financial dips, and there are tragic reports of loss and loneliness, poverty and social stress from all around the globe. There are inspiring stories too – like that of how we got behind Captain Tom Moore in his amazing fundraising efforts for the NHS.

What on earth might it mean today to speak of Jesus being “king” or “in charge”, in view of the fact that so many things in the world give no hint of such a thing? Is this really the time of the Kingdom of Heaven? It’s confusing. Did he give up on us?

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who made a wedding feast for his son. He sent his slaves to call the invited guests to the wedding, and they didn’t want to come.” The parable in Matthew continues, with everyone outside the gates being invited instead. In conclusion, Jesus explains that: “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22v2 and v14

About 2000 years ago, Jesus came and introduced the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth, and we are still having relationship issues... We humans don’t want to give up our independence, and we are still trying to run and rationalize the earthly part of creation according to our own selfish and rebellious values. But in Jesus’s risen person - body, mind, heart and soul - we catch a glimpse of the new creation. Gone are the dark forces of greed, envy, slander, pride, treachery, wickedness, lust, theft, debauchery, stupidity, murder. In the resurrection of Jesus, we see that his new creation simply overflows with the power of love and forgiveness.

God has given us the longest time to accept his invitation to this wedding of Heaven and Earth, and in 2020 I see an opportunity to change our minds about how to run things, when this ‘time out’ is over. A change of heart is what Jesus offers us, and to whole-heartedly accept the invitation to join the king’s wedding party. He will eventually lead us out of isolation, back into community with others. Let his light shine brighter within us as we walk among people again.

PRAYER

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.                               Thomas Merton (1915-68)

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. How many full bags of wool did Baa-Baa black sheep have? 3
  2. Who said of Russia…’it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’? Churchill
  3. What is the square root of 25? 5
  4. In what year did the first Advent calendar go on sale in the UK? 1956
  5. On Jan 1st 1980 the first episode of a comedy series, featuring Gladys, Ted, and Spike was shown. What was the series? Hi-di-Hi
  6. Who was the first commoner to have a state funeral? Isaac Newton
  7. What did Sir Tim Berners-Lee invent? Internet
  8. Which is the only town in the UK visited by Elvis Presley? Prestwich (Airport on way to Germany)
  9. The footsie in the UK, the Dow Jones in the USA are stock exchange indices. In which country is the index called Drax? Germany
  10. If you were a cruciverbalist, what would you enjoy doing? Crosswords

 

 

ON LINE TALKS

 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 fifth video, click the link below.

https://youtu.be/op65rbzNNhg

 

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

https://youtu.be/fjpi_TOVmVg

 

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.

 

 

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

 

How do you solve a Problem like Corona?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4jR_9-YPK8

 

And finally reverting to golf -submitted by Tony

A group of friends who were all about to celebrate their 50th birthday. After a group discussion they decided that they were going to celebrate their birthdays together at the golf club owing to the fact that: the bar team were a good laugh, they could drink all night long, play snooker into the early hours, then crash out in the dormy rooms. 

Ten years later the same group met up to decide where they would celebrate their 60th birthdays. Once again after much debate, it was decided to celebrate at the golf club as; there was a fine selection of cask ales, the food was excellent and the bar team always made a fuss of them.

A further ten years past and the group of friends met up once again to decide where they would celebrate their 70th birthdays. Much debate ensued, before finally it was decided to celebrate at the golf club as; there was a good selection of newspapers and magazines, the disabled toilet facilities were convenient and, as they all had dodgy knees and hips, they could take the lift to the dining room.

Amazingly 10 years later the group of friends were all still going strong so they met up again to decide what to do to celebrate their 80th birthdays. After some discussion it was decided that they would celebrate at the Golf Club…….as they had never been there before!

 

 

Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short

13.5.20