Broken | Lent Course 2020

You are warmly invited to join us for our 6 week Lent course will run on Sundays (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March & the 5th April) from 12.30 – 2.00pm with a bring and share lunch and which will be repeated on Wednesdays (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March & 1st and 8th April) starting at 8.00pm. The course is written by Canon Dr. Paula Gooder and she writes the following:

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Canon Dr Paula Gooder

The TV series, ‘Broken’, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean is set in an estate parish somewhere in the UK. The church used at the centre of the series is in Liverpool but the series never explicitly states that this is where the narrative is set. The series focuses on the life and ministry Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic, priest who, despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers. The series portrays real life at its most gritty and unvarnished, and in doing so raises many questions along the way about how to live faithfully when life is very hard.

This course arose out of numerous conversations I had with people after the series aired. So many people commented that they thought it would make an excellent Lent or study course that I thought it would be interesting to have a go. I have shaped the course around the principles of the series itself – which raises far more questions than it ever answers. The idea of the course is to provide the space for people to pick up the questions raised in the series and to explore how they might want to answer them. There is a list of helplines included as the series contains some disturbing story lines.

It’s necessary to watch the TV series ahead of doing the course and it’s available on Netflix, YouTube and Google Play for those of you who have access to these. However, we will also be showing the relevant episode in the Link on Sunday mornings (during each service) and from 6.45pm on Wednesday evenings.

Please note that the series has a 15 certificate so younger children will not be permitted to attend.

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