Table Talk

Table Talk: a game of conversations
Various, including Paul Griffiths. www.table-talk.org. Date not available

£25.00 (Approx)
3.8
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Wouldn’t it be great to have meaningful conversations with our family and friends about the things that really matter in life? Wouldn’t it be great to get together around a table to talk, laugh, be understood and get to know another’s point of view? The aim of Table Talk is to provide a fun place for people to begin to have these kinds of conversations about the important questions in life. As you get together over six sessions, conversation will flourish and relationships will be built and strengthened.

What do you get and how?

Box with instruction and 6 topic cards, and 16 smaller questions cards per topic. Currently mixed titles including Easter, Christmas, friends, blokes, the Forces, a variety of teenage age groups, Messy church, students and more planned. From www.table-talk.org

New – Apps for Christmas and Easter.

Who is it for?

Beginning, Growing Christians and outreach/enquirers

Cost?

£25.00 for box. Apps are free.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Nicely presented box games. Apps are superbly created, easy and fun to use.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Instructions very clear. Aim is to stimulate conversation about big issues in relaxed way.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Easy to use leader's card included, and topic introductions are short, clear, thought-provoking and cringe-free. App option is also clear, intuitive and fun.

    Who could lead it?

    A leader with enthusiasm to set the scene, but aim is to act as facilitator rather than leader.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Interesting conversation starters, where participants choose the theme.

    How good is any digital material?

    Apps are brilliantly conceived, free, and very easy to use.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Little for game, but vision is for a relaxed setting around food or meal.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Good website at www.table-talk.org which includes creative suggestions for use. Training events offered.

    Is it dated?

    More titles planned. Some examples of theme may date, but could easily be replaced by more contemporary ones.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Inherent idea behind the game, although calling it a 'game' is slightly misleading. It's really a vehicle for good conversations. All encouraged to chat.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    All conversation-based by design.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Starter questions should suit a wide variety of people. Participants chose the questions they want. Might even help those who find conversation difficult. No right or wrong answers.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Main aims are to create relationships and a safe place to talk about big issues.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Introductory comments may include allusion to a biblical story.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    See above.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Implicitly by linking topics to Christianity in a very light way.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Assumption that God is relevant to all of life.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    This is an outreach and relationship-building tool, but does encourage thought on big issues and how Christianity may relate to them.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Good tool for opening up subjects relevant to faith.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Starter questions only, though would depend on how the conversations went.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Very well. Focused around these. Would encourage real conversation about them too.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    That's part of the point of table-talk, and would be a tool for this.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Depending on invitations, potential is there.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Dependent on topic

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus

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