We will be sharing the Ecumenical Lent House Groups organised by Banstead Five Churches again this year.   We shall be thinking about ‘Nothing More and Nothing Less’, a new and original Lent course by Virginia Moffatt.  It uses the powerful, multi-award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, as an opportunity for us to question why so many people in our society are suffering, what causes injustice and oppression – looking at examples from Jesus’ time as well as today – and what we can do in response.

The course is based around five weekly group sessions entitled:
* Systems of Oppression
* Staying Human
* Compassion in the Darkness
* Fighting Back or Giving In?
* The Suffering Servant
Each session includes suggested clips from I, Daniel Blake to watch as a group (with timings for a DVD or film download), reflection points and discussion starters, a suitable Bible reading and prayers, and a short section of suggestions for ways in which course members could make a positive practical response.

In addition, Jill Priest will run a course called The Desert & the City – a Lenten Journey with Christ on Thursday mornings during Lent.  These sessions are open to everyone and will take place at her house (enquiries to the Parish Office 01737 379289).

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