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Nooma – Wednesday 6th of July

Our Nooma Night for July will be taking place at Vicars on Wednesday 6th July @ 7.30pm. There will be the usual meal followed by the DVD and discussion. The DVD is entitled ‘Noise’. This month your chef de cuisine will be Nick.

 

This is the blurb from Rob Bell which lays out the theme of the DVD.

Why is silence so hard to deal with? Why is it so much easier for us to live our lives with a lot of things going on all the time that to just be in silence? We’re constantly surrounded with “voices” that are influencing us on how to think, feel, and behave. Movies, music, TV, Internet, cell phones, and a never-ending barrage of advertising. There’s always something going on. Always noise in our lives. But maybe there’s a connection between the amount of noise in our lives and our inability to hear God. If God sometimes feels distant to us, maybe it’s not because he’s not talking to us, but simply because we aren’t really listening.

Everyone welcome.

Nooma – Whirlwind – Report

A select group gathered at Vicars last night for another evening of Nooma with Rob Bell. This month he tackled the question of why good people suffer using the experiences of Job.

Job was a good person to whom awful things happened – things which make no sense and for which there are no easy answers. In spite of this he refused to blame God for his problems and as a result he has a new revelation of the divine. Indeed in the end Job’s world is restored.

Rob Bell suggested that despite our abilities we cannot always find answers to everything that happens in life. To trust God in such circumstances allows to exercise our faith and in the words of the poem ‘Footsteps’ to be carried by him.

Thanks to Nick and Emma who helped with the meal.

This week Nooma returns with a DVD entitled ‘Whirlwind’. Here is how the blurb describes it.

A lot of us have gone through times in our lives that are difficult. Some have been small and hard to understand and some have been big and overwhelming.

 

During these times we want answers, don’t we? We want to know why. Why do we have to suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? We just want someone to make sense of it all. But we don’t always get the answers, do we? Sometimes we are left wondering. And those can be some of the most difficult times. Maybe there are times we need to be released from having to have all the answers. And maybe it’s when we’re released that we are able see there may be more going on here than we realize.

These are difficult questions and yet perhaps not being perfect or living a perfect life and not having all the answers may be something we need to consider.

Wednesday 1st June @ Vicars Cafe – 7.30pm

There will be the usual simple meal followed by the DVD and discussion – Everyone Welcome.

Nooma – Report

The Nooma night this month was left in the tender care of Nick and Emma. They must both be congratulated on the success of the evening. As you can see from the picture their was a full house and the food went down well. They even managed to overcome some technical difficulties.

Nick says that the DVD discussion started slowly but soon got into full swing even with the occasional tangent. Everyone seems to have had a good time.

Well done both!

Nooma Night – Wednesday 4th May

Why is it that often when we get what we want, we still feel empty? We work so hard to succeed, but our lives just end up becoming more about us. Can success turn on us? Can we get caught up in a smaller world where our lives are all about the things that we want? Or is there another way to live?

Where life is about more than just us. Where we see people in need and we do something about it. Where our world is expanding because we are sharing our success. And maybe in attempting to save someone else from their suffering, we find out that we are actually the ones being saved.

Our Nooma Night for April will be taking place at Vicars on Wednesday 4th May @ 7.30pm. There will be the usual meal followed by the DVD and discussion. The DVD is entitled ‘Corner’. This month your chefs de cuisine will be Emma and Nick.

Everyone Welcome.

Nooma Night – Report

Another very enjoyable Nooma evening this week – even the GraceSpace Alpaca got in on the act. Thanks to Nick for all his help in ensuring that I didn’t poison anyone with my cooking!

The DVD which made us consider how busy we are, provoked the usual interesting discussion. The story that Rob Bell tells of his son not being able to pick up a beautiful starfish because his hands were full of the broken fragments of shells was very poignant. It reminded us that it is very easy to fill our lives with stuff that will prevent us from taking hold of the things that God has for us.

The rest of the photos can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Nooma Night – 6th April

“Do you often find yourself saying, “I’m so busy” or “I just have so much to do”? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with appointments, gatherings, to-do lists. But what are we really doing with our time? Many of us are running from place to place and it seems like life is just passing us by.”

“We’re doing so many things, a little bit of everything, and yet it doesn’t feel like much of a life. But most of us find it hard to say no. We feel obligated. There are so many good things to do. So many good causes to join. But while we’re busy doing all these good things, are we missing out on something great? Maybe saying no would be easier if we knew what it meant to say yes.”

Our Nooma Night for April will be taking place at Vicars on Wednesday 6th April @ 7.30pm. There will be the usual meal followed by the DVD and discussion. The DVD is entitled ‘Shells’. This month your chefs de cuisine will be Colin and Nick.

Everyone Welcome.

Nooma – Tomato – Report

Last night we met at Vicar’s Cafe for another evening of Nooma. This month the DVD was entitled ‘Tomato’ because Rob Bell began by describing his wife’s recipe for Salsa (tomatoes are a the main ingredient). There are appeared to be two streams of thought in his presentation.

1.Living, dying and rebirth is a fundamental rhythm of existence – even the life of Jesus follows this pattern.

2. How image conscious we have become – there is need to die to ourselves and to live for God.

The film illustrated these theme by showing a variety of people responding to the world around them prompted by a strange man with a red umbrella and red trainers, whom we supposed to be a tempter of some sort (opinion was divided). These people filled their lives with following their desires and yet seemed ultimately unfulfilled.

As usual our thanks go to Steve and Eileen for an excellent vegetable chilli, with all the fixings.

Nooma Night – Tomato

This month in our Nooma Night we shall be thinking about surrendering the ideals of our image-conscious culture and embracing our true identity in Christ. We will be meeting at Vicars Cafe as usual on Wednesday 2nd march @7.30pm.

There will be a shared meal followed the DVD and discussion. Everyone Welcome.

This what Rob Bell says about his DVD entitled ‘Tomato’.

We all get consumed with ourselves; sometimes we’re not even aware of it. We learn from a young age that life is about winning and impressing. We pick up that our worth and value come from how good, how smart, and how skilled we are. So, we twist things in our favour, making us look like we have it all together. Every day we have the choice to prop up these false ideas about ourselves or to let go of them. Jesus invites these parts of us to die, the parts of us that tell us our worth comes from the things we say and do. Maybe it’s only when we let these things die, that we truly begin to live.

 

 

 

Nooma Night – She – Report

After a period when the need for Nooma seemed to be uncertain, there has been a wonderful renewal of interest. Last night, as you can see, we had a full house for the latest DVD in the series ‘She’. Eileen produced some excellent food as usual (even though she was shattered after a hard day of box moving at work!) which soon disappeared.

We are used to the idea of God being described as Father but Rob Bell suggests that God is neither male nor female, but exhibits characteristics of both sexes. Using images of a single mother looking after her young daughter, he explained that the mothering instinct to protect and support her children was a fundamental human drive that speaks of the way God cares about his children. This prompted an interesting and wide ranging discussion about the role of women in society and the complementary nature of men and women.

The rest of the photos can be found on our Facebook page.