The Wisdom House
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Because you don’t always have to learn the hard way.
‘The eight topics in The Wisdom House are hot! Whatever people’s personal beliefs are, they want to discuss them. So invite your friends and put the coffee on – listen a little, talk a lot, and above all, enjoy!’
Eight stand-alone 12-minute videos designed to help you build genuine friendships with people in your community and really listen to each other as you chat about everyday life issues.
DVD and group leader’s guide inside the DVD box. FREE if you commit to actually using it and running a community group – sign up for download. Editable posters available online.
Book of the same name is available too, and would be a good backup for both leaders and participants.
Adults, Enquirers, Beginning, Growing. Small group. Especially suitable for a mixed group of people, including Christians and those who would not call themselves so.
Neat, glossy booklet and well-produced DVD make for an engaging resource which could be used by just about anyone. Would make a great outreach tool to invite neighbours and friends to. Cringe-free and thought-provoking.
Very clear layout throughout. Introductory pages set out the expectations briefly but well.
Leader's guide booklet in DVD case. Includes careful notes for leaders where the topic may be sensitive or need extra attention. Good section on ‘Dos and don'ts when leading'. Helpful opening paragraph to each session. Icebreaker opens the session. There seems to be an extra ‘pause' section on the DVD between the Introduction which comes next (Jordan; three minutes) and the next feature which is the Animation (two minutes). Fifteen minutes' Discussion follows the Animation. Then it is Parsons with his ten - twelve minute' talk; and finally the longer Group Discussion (thirty minutes).
A leader who is good at enabling discussion, and isn't afraid of tackling potentially emotive topics in a sensitive manner.
Participants may want to obtain the book of the same name, upon which the study is based, which is written with Parson's usual engaging, effective and memorable style. But the DVD and leader's guide stand alone anyway.
Smart production of DVD with a mixture of Rob sitting in an armchair in a study, talking, and a good animation for the telling of a short story to illustrate the topic. For some reason, the three-minute introduction by Diane Louise Jordan is repeated at the beginning of each session, but it could be skipped if wanted.
Familiarisation with material. Shouldn't take long. Set up of DVD. Prepare to make people welcome, especially if this is a new, invited group.
See option to obtain this resource for free if you commit to using it with a group. Editable posters available from www.careforthefamily.org.uk.
Light-hearted icebreakers to begin each session, and very good open discussion questions.
Mix of icebreaker (plus some additional group activity ideas), discussion and video – Parsons' presentation and Animation. Group members are encouraged to bring ‘one piece of wisdom' written on a piece of card to display.
Parsons does an amazing job of presenting the subjects in ways that are relevant to people – whether Christian or not. So this resource would suit a wide variety of adult groups, from established home or study groups, to groups set up specially. Perfectly suitable for inviting the neighbours around.
Discussion is the main thing here, plus opportunity for icebreakers.
Little directly, but the whole resource is based firmly on Christian principles and understanding of, for example, the nature of love.
See above. The story is included of David preparing for battle with Goliath; plus the story of the Two Sons (The Prodigal). Parsons' effective telling of these stories is developed through the subsequent questions.
As a resource which is equally suitable for churchgoers and those outside the church community, this is a gentle introduction to the Christian way of thinking about common experiences of life. Session 5 on forgiveness is particularly brilliant.
Based on Christian principles.
Parsons creates a real and relaxed atmosphere in which to consider common life issues, whether one is a Christian or not. The discussions would provide a chance for growth, no matter where one was starting. Excellent discussion questions throughout.
Topics are relevant to practical faith – if one is a Christian, and if not, there are enabling, non-threatening discussion questions. Each session finishes with a gentle, open, ‘God-related' question or two.
A group of Christians would start in a different place to a mixed or outreach group; but this resource would work well for all. Great opportunity to talk about things we rarely do – for example, ‘Difficult people'.
Superbly well. Parsons gives us the chance to talk about issues that are common to all. The makeup and purpose of the group would determine how much they are related to faith.
Designed for use with any mixed group of people, especially community or invited groups – the closing questions give an opportunity to relate the topic to the concept of God. Session 7 builds on this with the story of the Two Sons, from which Parsons issues an invitation to all to come home to God.
See above – this resource should enable new groups of neighbours and friends to get together over mutually relevant topics. Rob's easy style will set the tone for all to get involved.
The topics are global, as they are relevant to all; though not specifically linked to other issues of our times.
Not a focus.
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