Doughnuts with love

02 November 2006

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 conversations”.


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