Vicar’s letter –July/August 2017

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have meaningful conversations with others in a relaxed and friendly environment about the issues that really matter in life?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get together around a lounge to talk, laugh, be understood and, by listening as well, get to know another’s point of view? Some of us will be better at this than others but often the problem is in knowing how to begin.

So I’m starting a fortnightly Group at Wales Vicarage called Table Talk on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 6pm. The fun commences on Sunday 9th July with a ‘Strawberry & Fizz’ launch at the Vicarage.

The aim of Table Talk is to provide a safe place for people to begin to explore, articulate and engage in these kinds of conversations about the big and not so big questions of life.

My hope is that as people get together and play Table Talk, conversations will flourish, relationships will be built and strengthened and that we’ll all have fun. I’ve played it in a few settings and people love the opportunity to share their views and also listen to what others have to say.

So what’s table talk all about? Well, a group of people of all ages and backgrounds gather around a lounge with a coffee table in the centre and choose one of the themes they are going to explore. Once the introduction card has been read, 16 question cards are placed on a table.

These cards can be: placed face down on the table, placed face up on the table, dealt to each player, placed face down as a deck on the table.

The game starts as someone picks up a question card, answers it and then poses it to the rest of the group. Games normally last between 45 minutes to an hour and there’ll be time for refreshments and cake as well.

If you’d like to come along then please let me know.

God bless

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