10 Things In Common
Have the group split up into 4s or 5s unless you already have a small group to begin with. Try to have it so that people are in a group with others that they are less familiar with.
You will ask the group(s) to find 10 things that they all have in common with each other. At this time, you will need to set parameters such as: body parts, clothing, or the reason you are here are not valid answers. Try to have them think outside the box to dive a little deeper into interests, experiences, hobbies, etc.
Have them spend 10-15 minutes finding 10 things they have in common. If you have multiple groups, take some time at the end to have groups share what they found.
12 Icebreaker Questions
Questions that “encourage some level of self-reflection”
- What is something that you recently discovered that you are excited about?
- What is something you know really well?
- What are your hopes for what the future holds for you?
- What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Questions that are “fun and light”
- What is the strangest thing you used to believe as a child?
- What is one of your favourite topics of conversation?
- What is something that amazes you?
- What made you smile in the last two weeks?
Questions that are “a bit deeper”
- How did you learn your most important lesson in life?
- What would you do differently if nobody would judge you?
- If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
- What is one thing you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
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This resource provided by Connecting Streams is called “Conversation Cards.” It is a small box containing many 4”x6” photos and a discussion guide card. The conversation cards are to be used to help people get acquainted with one another and then go a little deeper with each question to lead into faith conversations.
Photos are spread out for everyone to see, then a question is posed and participants must find 2-3 photos that represent their answer. Each person then shares why they chose each photo.
If your team does not have a box of these photos, please contact a Connecting Streams staff member to receive one.
Father’s Love Letter
The Father’s Love letter is a letter based on various scriptures and is written to us from God. It is a powerful resource to help people know just how loved they are and also shows them the character of God.
If you would like copies of the Father’s Love Letter to use and distribute, please contact a Connecting Streams staff member or visit the website below.
Either with the whole group or in smaller groups, give a topic or idea and ask each person to share one word to describe what you’ve stated.
For example, your lesson might be on God’s grace so you could simply ask, “When you hear the word ‘grace’ what is one word you would use to describe what this means to you?”
After each person has their word, spend some time allowing each person to share why they chose their word.
You could then ask a secondary question to get them thinking more. For example, “How does your view of grace affect the way you live your life or treat others?”
Asking open-ended questions leaves room for participants to give more than just a “yes” or “no” answer. It encourages them to think, to engage, and can help soften the atmosphere to lead to deeper discussions for the devotional.
Some examples are:
- What is something that no one else knows about you?
- What is your favourite memory?
- When have you felt most loved?
- What is your greatest fear?
Tell Us More
For this you could use a toilet paper roll or a deck of cards or any other creative expression as you see fit.
If using toilet paper, ask each participant to take any amount of toilet paper off the roll. If using a deck of cards, simply give each person a card. Whatever amount of squares of toilet paper or what number they have on their card will be how many things they have to share about themselves. This helps everyone to get to know one another a little more and loosens up the room.