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Compass is the name of St.Mary's Parish magazine. It is published at the beginning of every month and is distributed throughout the Parish by a band of volunteers.

If you would like to receive a copy of the magazine nearly every month (there is a combined December/ January edition), it is available for an Annual Subscription of £5.00

If you live outside the Parish and would still like to receive a copy, arrangements can be made to post it for an additional charge
For more information about the magazine, please contact either:

Editors                          Robert Pearson
                                     Mary Norris 
                                     Ed Sands    
Distribution Manager    Vacant
Articles from our April 2021 Magazine
During the protracted lockdown, we are unable to print our magazine and  so we are publishing it on line so that everybody can read it. The  church diary, not surprisingly, is a little sparce! We hope you enjoy  it.

Arnold Food Bank

A Big Thanks From The Food Bank

You are so kind and generous! Very many thanks to the people of ARNOLD, and especially of SAINT MARY’S CHURCH for all you have donated towards the work of the Food Bank in the run-up to Christmas. The amount of donations which have been given so freely and kindly has been astounding. At times during the two weeks before Christmas it was difficult to keep pace with the boxes and bags of donations arriving at the Food Bank; we almost ran out of space to store it all.

The churches and schools in Arnold are all consistently generous. But so too are shops and many firms, and organisations like councils, and meeting groups and many individuals. Here, in the porch at Saint Mary’s, after a week-end it has become quite normal to find a large number of bags spilling over onto the floor beyond the collecting boxes on the bench. Thank you so much for this.

The Trussell Trust, which is the organising authority for Food Banks, estimate that in the last six months of 2019 over 8,200,000 emergency Food Parcels have been distributed in the country to people in crisis, and that this figure has leaped by 23%. This figure actually believes that more than a third of the parcels went to people with children. 36% of the people requiring emergency aid have been because of low benefit income; 18% due to delays in providing benefit, and 16% because of changes to benefits being paid. The average weekly income of households at Food Banks is around £50 after paying rent; one in five families have no money coming in at all before being referred for emergency food; and it is thought that 94% of people who come to Food Banks are estimated to be destitute. At the moment, people moving into the Government’s benefits system have to wait at least five weeks before obtaining benefit. It is to be hoped that our new Government will appreciate these difficulties and do something positive about the situation.

In the meanwhile, much appreciation to you all for your support.
Alan Langton

Medicine for the heart

Over 80 years ago I sat next to my mother at a pantomime – ‘Cinderella’, I think. It was alright, if a bit too full of dancing for my taste.  But suddenly we were in a kitchen where the royal supper was being prepared. And wonderfully and gloriously, everything went wrong. Food took to the air, custard pies ended up on heads and faces. Apparently, I laughed so much that I fell off my seat. I had encountered the magic of comedy; the sheer joy of laughter. What we call a ‘sense of humour’ is a priceless and unique gift of our creator to the human race.

The Bible tells us to ‘weep with those who weep’, true – but also to laugh with those who laugh. In modern times that has often meant an experience shared with millions of others on radio or TV.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Monty Python’s ‘Flying Circus’ which was a landmark event in broadcasting comedy. It wasn’t situation comedy like ‘Dad’s Army’ or ‘Are You Being Served.’ Monty Python was a true child of the 1960s, a confident, cheeky reflection of contemporary society. No, it wasn’t ‘Dad’s Army’ but it was just as funny in its own way.
Some of our favourite lines from Monty Python:

“He’s not the Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy.”

“Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

“What did he say?”
“I think it was, ‘blessed are the cheesemakers’.”

“This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies! It’s run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This is an ex-parrot!”

“Have you got anything without spam?”
“Well, spam, egg, sausage, and spam – that’s not got much spam in it.”

Black Knight: “Tis but a scratch.”
King Arthur: “A scratch? Your arm’s off!”

Maybe you also have some favourites!

Like all of God’s gifts, a sense of humour can be misused. Satire can be cruel and negative. Just as the laughter of seven-year-olds in the playground teasing a boy they claim has got, say, big ears.

Humour should be about or with, but never at people.

Last altered on 8 April 2021
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