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Season II of Invited has launched!

Our Invited Mission began last year, bringing people from across the Diocese, and far beyond, together in faith, online. Season II, has now launched and will take place during Eastertide – the weeks between Easter and Pentecost. If you haven’t signed up to be part of our Thursday evening online conversations you can register here.

Season I allowed us to explore the basic message of the Gospel; that we are created by a God of love, for a perfect relationship of love with Him. Sadly, our brokenness, weakness, and wounded nature means that we often turn away from Him – struggling to find our own paths to the peace and joy that only He can bring.

Season I left us on a bit of a cliff-hanger, because our brokenness is not the end; Jesus came to help us to restore that relationship with our creator and Father, all we have to do is say ‘yes’ to the gift of reconciliation and life that he offers. Saying yes is not always easy. Season II of Invited, ‘Growing in Faith’ is all about our day-to-day experiences, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows. Join us, as we explore what it really means to be a follower, or disciple of Jesus.

Invited Season I

The Mission has concluded for this Season But you can catch up on each week’s pre-recorded episode on the Diocesan website, with a transcript and Thursday’s group questions listed underneath in the supporting resources. Season one is a series of programmes that help us to understand exactly how much we are loved by God, see: www.abdiocese.org.uk/invited  or links to the individual episodes can be found on this website by clicking here.

Season One of Invited continues with five new 'deep dive' films! Our Invited Mission Continues!

Our Invited Mission earlier this year brought people across the Diocese (and far beyond) together in faith, online. A second series of Invited, with online groups, will happen during Eastertide 2022. In the meantime our Formation Team have devised a series of five deep dive films, conceived in response to feedback from Invited Season One: Lent. The first three films explore the themes of that season in greater depth.

Invited – Films 1-3

Film 1, God’s Love As Revealed Through The Old Testament: Rev. Dr Anthony Milner is a parish priest and former theology tutor at the Venerable English College in Rome. Fr Tony guides us through the Old Testament as he explores God’s eternal love for us.

Film 2, Theology Of Human Brokenness: Dr Pia Matthews is a senior lecturer at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, and was appointed an expert to the XIV Ordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops in 2015. Pia explores how, in a Christian context, human brokenness is always spoken of in the same breath as hope.

Film 3, Salvation – How Jesus Saves Us Through His Cross: Fr Stephen Dingley is a parish priest and former Professor of Theology at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh. Fr Stephen explores different theories of salvation, helping us to understand more fully exactly what Jesus has done for us.

Films 4 & 5 ‘How To…?’

Film 4, PrayerRt Rev. Dom Fr Stephen Ortiger OSB is a monk of Worth Abbey, Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Diocese, and a parish priest.
Film 4 sees Fr Stephen gently instruct and encourage us in how to establish a routine of prayer in our lives of faith.

Film 5, ScriptureFleur Dorrell is Catholic Scripture Engagement Manager for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Bible Society. She’s the national co-ordinator of the ‘God who Speaks Campaign’, a writer and an applied theologian. Fleur explores how we can develop a way of accessing scripture, and grow in love for the Word of God.

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Thought for the week

Being disciples of Jesus and progressing along the path of holiness means first and foremost letting ourselves be transfigured by the power of God’s love.

Pope Francis