An apple to give away

02 November 2006

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 passers-by.

"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."

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