Coronavirus Community Update no 45: 23.09.20.


No 45: 23.9.20



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Each week we run 2 identical services which last approximately 40 minutes

  • One on a Wednesday at 10.30am. This is targeted at people who are most at risk. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 20, and you will need to book in advance with the office.
  • The other is on a Sunday at 10.30am. Maximum capacity of St Michael’s, allowing for social distancing is about 40.
  • We film the Wednesday service, John edits it and we send it out on the Sunday morning, so that those who are at home can watch it at 10.30am.

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


In order to fit everyone in and to meet Covid regulations we are planning 4 ways that you can take part in our Harvest Thanksgiving Service this year.

  1. Wednesday 30th Sept 10.30 for up to 20 congregation who are in higher risk groups. You need to book in for this service by ringing Neil on 0151 378 0332.
  2. Sunday 4th October 10.30am (this service will probably reach capacity)
  3. Sunday 4th October at 10.30aam we will be sending out an online service
  4. Sunday 4th October 2.00pm

Services will include: A recording of the Walton Salvation Army brass band and choir leading us in ‘We plough the fields and scatter’, an interview with a member of the local food bank, the church will be filled with the aroma of Harvest produce, and Rachel will be singing. It promises to be a great time of thanksgiving.


-Fruit, veg and tins. Please bring these to the service. They will then be used by the Salvation Army for families in need

-Cash/cheques made out to St Michael’s PCC should be brought to the service or sent to the Church office. The money will also be forwarded for the work of the Salvation Army.

If you would lie to provide a floral display for church, please bring it to church on Tuesday 29th September between 11am and 1pm, or for mmore information ring Moyra on 07974 647060


I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve this year.  Not to see the New Year in, but to make sure this one leaves.

If I had only known in March it would be my last time in a restaurant, I would have ordered dessert.

At the store there was a Big X by the register for me to stand on….  I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one.

Until further notice, the days of the week are now called, thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday.

They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store.  They lied, everybody else had clothes on.

The dumbest thing I’ve ever purchased was a 2020 planner.

Keep in mind, even during a pandemic, no matter how much chocolate you eat, your earrings will still fit.

I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are.

The buttons on my jeans have started social distancing from each other.


A really big thank you to Margaret Houghton, Verna Middleton, Bev Boden, Frances Quirk, Carol Lloyd and Cheryl Le Poidevin for the face masks provided at the back of Church. Lucy tells me that about £30 has been donated to Food Bank through their sale.



1.         What 1999 film, starring Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford and Heath Ledger’s Patrick Verona, is a modernisation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew?

2.         What comedian and alumnus of Saturday Night Live plays the lead Jake Peralta in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

3.         Before Marlon Brando did the same two years later, who rejected their best actor Oscar, in 1971 for Patton, calling the awards ceremony “a two-hour meat parade”?

4.         What is the name of the fictional suburb of Melbourne that serves as the setting for (and is almost an anagram of) the Australian soap opera Neighbours?


He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never travelled more than 200 miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

He was only 33 when public opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had.. . . on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life. 


For those who missed our  Sunday talks you will find them here:
Sunday 13th: The Church

Sunday 20th  : Creation and

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. 0 things I hate about you     2. Andy Samburg     3. George C Scott     4. Erinsborough




No wonder Jesus hasn’t returned yet! submitted by Carol






Out of the mouth of babes





Together we will get through this.
Revd Neil Short