Broken: A six week study course for Lent

The St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia Lent Course this year is from the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham and is entitled Broken.

It is based on the BBC series of the same name starring Sean Bean.

The course will run in St. Andrew’s on each Thursday in Lent, starting on 15th February 2018, immediately following the 10.00am Holy Communion service.

From the website of the Diocese of Birmingham:

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 of 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.

Canon Dr Paula Gooder
Director of Mission Learning & Development