THE ASSISTANT CURATE, the Revd John Money, and some of the congregation
skipped the Sunday-morning service at St James’s Church in suburban Nottingham,
and went to a car-boot sale instead.
It was all in the name of the gospel, for the Bishop of Southwell
, the Rt Revd George Cassidy, was with them to help give away 1750
ring doughnuts as a symbol of God’s freely offered love. The Colwick Race
Course was packed for the sale, says Mr Money, and people seemed thrilled to be
given a doughnut: they had “never been given anything free before”.
It had been the idea of Lucy Drury in the congregation of St James’s. She
says that her idea was taken up enthusiastically as part of the deanery mission
week, and money was found from the mission funds allotted to the week. When
they collected the doughnuts from a local supermarket the checkout assistant
said she “couldn’t get her head round why anyone should want 2000 doughnuts”.
(The extra 250 were for the St James’s congregation.)
On the stall, they also had a book for prayer requests, which was soon
filling up. “People would sidle up, take a doughnut, and then make for the
book,” says Mr Money. They entered all sorts of requests (including one from an
asylum-seeker facing an appeal), which are being taken up by the St James’s
prayer group. The doughnut-givers also had a lot of “very interesting