To reduce our outgoings, we started using a cheaper fortified wine for communion. There have been howls of protest from some quarters about the taste (it’s a bit sweeter) and colour (it’s a bit lighter). Can anyone suggest a good budget communion wine? The one that we introduced retails at around £5.50 per litre.
Your answer: Might I suggest Poterion (www.poterionfairtrade.co.uk)? This is both an excellent-quality wine and fairtrade (Fair for Life). It is somewhat more expensive than the price you quote (although cheaper than most other altar wines), but the price difference “per sip” is minimal, and I believe that this choice is honouring to God in more than one way.
(The Revd) Richard Steel
Your questions: Where can I find an article by the late Bishop John Robinson, “The appalling amateurishness of the Church”? In a volume of essays edited by Alec Vidler?
D. G. H.
I understand that the rules for who may vote for churchwardens, in a contested election in a vestry meeting, are broader than those for electing a PCC member at an APCM, as they include those resident in the parish but not on the church electoral roll. Is it, therefore, legal to be asked to sign one’s ballot paper, supposedly to prove one is on the church roll, thus removing any secrecy in how one has voted in a vestry meeting?
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