BEFORE he left Birmingham, Archbishop
Sentamu challenged people of the diocese to do a generous act each day during
Lent rather than give something up.
The Mothers’ Union had its festival service in the cathedral
shortly before Easter, and members decided they would all bring an apple to the
service to give away, says Claire Laland, the MU president. During the last
hymn, "Will you come and follow me, if I but call your name?", the cantor,
followed by the Dean (the Very Revd Robert Wilkes), Mrs Laland, the Deputy Lord
Mayor (Councillor Michael Nangle), the choir, and the rest of the congregation
all processed out of the cathedral into the square to offer their apples to
"We were pleasantly surprised by people’s reactions," says
Mrs Laland. "Some said they felt very special to have been chosen to receive
apples. It was really great to see the number of people passing by each
munching an apple with a smile on their face."