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Innocent Reflections (12/2021) Fruit of the Vine

Dear Friends.

Last week I was very lucky to be invited to a zoom wine tasting for a friend's birthday. The title of the tasting was expect the unexpected. We were delivered small bottles of 6 wines to taste, each with an unexpected twist. We were introduced to the french concept of terroir, how the environmental factors of where the vines are grown affect the taste of the wine. This was brought home to me as we tasted a Barbera. I know Barbera from living in Italy, it's a kind of standard wine, but this one was a little bit different, grown in Slovenia. The smooth, everyday quality of the Barbera I remembered was transformed into a smoky, complex taste - the character of Slovenia lived on in the smell and taste of the wine.

After Brenda's wonderful sermon this Sunday on Jesus as the vine, and us as the branches, I've been thinking a lot about the church and how we can bear fruit, and how the fruit we will bear as Holy Innocents depends on the terroir of the community - the type of church we will be and the love and grace we share cannot be unaffected by the place we find ourselves in and the character of the congregation. This week a few of us got together to begin the task, of thinking about the type of musical director we need for Holy Innocents. A sad task as we mourn our beloved Gilbert and a hopeful task as we look to the future. I think it's key that whoever we appoint can be in sympathy with our terroir, a person who can both reflect something of who we are, and inspire us to new things. We'd really love your thoughts on the type of person we might be looking for, and your vision of how music can continue to enliven and enrich our worship.

One of the key features of our lives as Christians is that we belong to one another, as the branches belong to the vine as a whole. Let us hope that we can continue to grow together in love of each other and of Jesus as we move forward to the nest stage of our life together in Christ.

With love and prayers,

Fr Ben


This Week:

You can also watch all our services live on our website or our facebook page. 

Thursday 7.00pm Mass (for the souls of Delores Isaac on her year's mind and Jean Barwick on what would have been her 100th birthday)
10.00am Mass (Holy Trinity)


10.00am Mass
Easter 6
10.00am Parish Mass

Monday              10.00am  Mass
10.00am Mass
Wednesday St Pancras
10.00am Mass 
Thursday Ascension Day
7.30pm Mass
Electoral Roll Revision 2021
This year's Electoral Roll Revision ends today, Sunday 9th May. If you are interested in having your name put on to the Holy Innocent's Electoral Roll for the first time please make sure to fill in and return an application form. Please speak to Matilda if you would like a form, or if you want to hand in one you’ve already completed.
Dates for your diary
We have a couple of special services coming up in the next few weeks and we would love to see as many of you there as possible.
  • Ascension Day, Thursday 13th May at 7:30pm
  • May Devotion, Sunday 16th May at 6:00pm
  • Pentecost Vigil, Saturday 22nd May, 6:00pm, followed by an outdoor celebration for Brenda’s birthday!
Our APCM will be taking place after church on Pentecost Sunday, the 23rd. Anyone wishing to be nominated as a Church Warden, Deanery Synod Representative or PCC Member should email or phone Brenda for a Nomination Form, or speak to Matilda after mass today. Your form will need to be signed by a proposer and a seconder before being returned.
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