Lent Group 2017
This course is based on the film “The King’s Speech”. It explores how concerns, fear and apprehension can hold us back from living fulfilled lives. By looking at the film, discussing ideas and quietly reflecting on our thoughts we will try to understand and explore our fear anxieties and a new courage.
Each week includes watching part of the film, some short bible readings, discussion and quiet time for reflection and prayer.
We will meet on the following dates at 7.30pm in the Church Room.
- March 8th, 15th*, 22nd, 29th (*Please note on 15th March we meet at 23 North Drive, High Legh, WA16 6LX)
- April 5th
If you would like to know any more before deciding whether to come along please Rev. Trish
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Lent Group; Wednesday evenings in High Legh
“Finding a Voice” based on the film The King’s Speech
We began the evening by looking at the start of the film as Bertie (later to be King Edward VIIIth) tries to overcome his fear and stammer to address the crowd at Wembley.
We then identified the fears inside Bertie and related them to our own fears especially our social fears. In pairs we discussed how our fears sometimes prevent us attempting things because we fear not living up to the expectations of others.
We then watched Bertie several years later when, as King, he makes his first wartime address to the nation. We thought about those who supported Bertie and those who support and encourage us to overcome our fears and anxieties.
In the reading provided for the days following the session we were urged to find “supporting actor” roles for ourselves as we support and encourage those whom we meet in life.
Lent Group Week 2
Following our initial discussions on fear and the way that it limits what we achieve, we went on last week to discuss “calling”. We considered what defines a calling and whether we ourselves had ever felt a “calling” or vocation.
We were all heartened to read the words of Francis de Sale, a French seventeenth century Bishop who wrote:
“God requires the faithful fulfilment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called.”
This week on 22nd March we will meet as usual at the Church Room at 7.30 pm.
Lent Group 3
Last week we thought about struggles and successes; times and skills which we have found hard to acquire and what has helped or discouraged us. We acknowledged the need for perseverance but saw in the film how Bertie – and ourselves – need something more. Bertie worked hard at the “technical tools” that he needed to overcome his stammer but Lionel always knew it needed more. It came after the death of his father King George V. When Bertie visited Lionel he unleashed all his childhood pain and it was a breakthrough moment for Bertie.
We then reflected on the bible message that God will work with and indeed through our weaknesses and how being vulnerable and exposed makes us feel. At the end of the session we silently considered the pain that often lies deep and long buried inside ourselves.
Lent Group 4
This fourth evening proved to be a very lively one! We discussed the importance and dangers of the words we speak – the things we have said that have hurt others and those things we haven’t said that could have encouraged others. We also recognised that what we say may not be received in the way we intended – that the attitudes, emotions and past experience of the person we are speaking to affects how they perceive what we say.
The bible warns us of our use of blasphemy, swearing and obscene talk. We discussed how that affects our attitudes and actions.
In the film we saw the affect that words have on the main characters – not just what is said but how it is said and we reflected individually on the past week and how we had encouraged or discouraged others with what we had said or not said and how our words had been received.
I shared my mantra – remembered from a sermon long, long ago
Before you speak, stop and think: “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?!”