TableTalk means food, friendship and conversations about faith.
TableTalk is open to everyone. We start with food at 6:45pm (please book) or arrive for 7:30pn to start the conversations.
Please use the St Peters Street entrance (turning off Castle Street at the Indian restaurant). We gather to eat a simple meal at 1900 or if you just want to come and join us for coffee, worship and discussion then arrive at 2000. We finish by 2130. We take in turns to cook the meal, the cost is £2.50 each per week.
We always offer vegetarian food, there is usually pudding!
After Easter, we will watch snippets from and discuss the film “Les Misérables”. To prepare for this the final meeting of the Spring Term is Wednesday 4th March, when we will watch the film together. Then we meet for consecutive weeks from Wednesday 29th April. Copies of the discussion guide “Another Story Must Begin” are available from Alison.
From December to the end of March, TableTalk tries to weave around the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project which we host on Wednesday evenings. In the second term of the year we have examined the current Methodist report from the Marriage and Relationships taskgroup “God in Loves Unites Us”. We agree with the proposals to widen the definition of marriage to enable Methodist churches to offer same-sex marriages in addition to different-sex marriages.
In the Autumn Term 2019 – we used the recently published resource “Time To Talk of God” which fits with this term’s emphasis on how we can share our faith with confidence.
Talking of God Together
Page references refer to the book “Talking of God Together” – if you don’t yet have your free copy please speak to Denise. We will focus on the sections below, so please take a bit of time to prepare for the session.
16th October “A present God” (pages 9-20)
“Question” (p.14) “Think of a childhood song, hymn or story that you now feel is simplistic or unhelpful to your current understanding of faith. What is it? And why does it now feel simplistic or unhelpful?”
“Activity” (p.16) “Write in words or draw in images the key points in the development of your faith. Which significant people or events shaped you in following Jesus?”
“Activity” (p.18) – please bring some images that represent “where or how you find rest and spiritual refreshment” to share with the whole group.
“Question” (p.19) “Can Christians sometimes speak too glibly or ‘sensing the presence of God’ when it may be their own religious emotions they are experiencing? What does it mean to sense God’s presence? And how necessary is that to our Christian experience?”
“Question” (p.20) “Where is the most unlikely place you find/encounter God at the moment?”
Host for the week is Simon (setting up the room, organising teas/coffees). Patricia is cooking a main meal and Sarah C is providing a pudding. Thank you!
23rd October “A listening God” (pages 21-32).
“Question” (p.26) “Do you believe that God is listening when you pray?”
Read the Bible texts listed on page 28
“Activity” (p.30) on the types of prayer (Thanksgiving, Praise, Confession, Intercession, Petition)
“Question” (p.31) “What do we learn about a ‘listening God’ from Jesus?”
Host for the week is John (setting up the room, organising teas/coffees). We are looking for a volunteer to cook a main meal and John is providing a pudding. Thank you!
30th October – TableTalk on a break to make space for the CCHP training taking place at Castle Street.
6th November “A caring God” (pages 33-46)
Bring some objects that say something to you about God (p.35)
“Activity” (p.39) “What examples of God’s care have you seen? Give one example of what you can ‘tell the world that God has done’”
“Question” (p.40) “Have you ever been question about God’s care by someone who feels that God is cruel for creating misery in our world, or have you yourself questioned God’s care? How did you try to answer the question ‘Does God really care?’”
“Activity” (p.43) Write down the groups of people who today suffer for their faith
“Question” (p.44) “Are there situations you have experienced or can imagine where it is wiser and more loving to remain silent rather than offer ill-advised explanations or justifications for people’s suffering?”