At the midweek fellowship we have started a new series Broken which was co-written by a friend that I study with at Theological College, Bryony. This is the preface to the course:
Broken, a six part drama written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean as a Catholic priest was broadcast on BBC One in 2017.
Three priest friends working in the North East, Bryony, Rebecca and David, agreed that this powerful series programme was the first time they had seen an authentic portrayal of the life of a priest on television: the first time they had seen parishioners like their own grappling with real life issues from poverty to abuse to mental health.
Their conversation went from praise to engagement: there are few good resources for teaching about, and helping people to grow, in their faith when they are from communities such as the one portrayed in the programme Broken. Most confirmation courses are just not appropriate – they don’t communicate effectively with people from North East (and many other) communities and those living in materially poor communities.
So, Bryony, Rebecca and David decided to see if they could write a course inspired by Broken that would work for Fr Michael’s congregation (the one featured in the programme). This is turn might then work for their church communities in Durham and Newcastle Dioceses and beyond.
The Course was very successfully trialled during the snowy winter of early 2018 and is now being shared more widely in the hope that it will go some way to plugging the resource gap. Whilst it works with church communities in particularly deprived areas the writers believe that it will also work well in more affluent areas, to help Christians navigate the diversity of challenges we meet in life.
The course subtitle is ‘a course about real life and real faith’. The aim is that it will help people to engage with the realities of life and how they can be framed by faith in Jesus Christ.
We will be using Broken over the next six week at midweek fellowship, feel free to join us for all of the session or come to the sessions you like the sound of. The titles for each week are as follows:
Beauty in the ordinary (6/6/18)
Loving the unlovable (13/6/18)
Guilt and shame (20/6/18)
Impossible Situations (27/6/18)
The power of Holy Communion (3/7/13)
Is the church still relevant and needed today? (10/7/13)
Come to any or all!