Church boost for Bishop’s appeal

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The Bishop of Derby’s harvest appeal for Rwandan widows has been boosted by more than £300 thanks to the generosity of the congregation at All Saints Church in Ashover.

The cash was raised from the Sunday morning offering and sale of produce after the annual harvest festival.

The Bishop’s appeal was of special interest to the Ashover congregation since church member Claire Bonsall and her brother, Mark, flew out to Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in the world, the day before the harvest service to help a Wirksworth-based charity with various aid projects.

The service saw the church decorated with flowers and produce by several local organisations and church groups who were co-ordinated by churchwarden Anne Eyley. They were thanked for their efforts by Reader David Russell who led the service.

There were prayers by musical director Ruth Russell, who led the choir in two special musical items, and readings by Peter Lord, James and Marcus Phelan and Hannah Newman.

Younger members of the church from the Allsorts, Acorns, Young Rockers and Rockers groups, played a key role in the celebration by constructing a shelter into which they placed various symbols of harvest.

Surplus produce was subsequently delivered to Pathways in Chesterfield by church treasurer Peter Lord.