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  • History Telling Activities
    points keeping score on one hand Each person in turn says something they have never done Everyone who HAS done the activity loses one point and folds down one finger The person with the last point remaining wins Key Chain Everyone gets out their key ring and one at a time tells the significance of everything hanging on it M Ms Pass around a bag of M Ms and let everyone take as many as they would like Don t tell them anything else Make sure they don t eat them yet Then have them tell one piece of information about themselves for every M M they took You can specify the topics based on the M M color yellow family red high school story green a place they ve traveled etc Web Game Have one person hold a ball of yarn in one hand and the yarn end in the other hand As he throws the yarn ball to someone else he says something positive about the recipient The recipient holds onto the yarn and throws the ball to someone else saying something positive about him and the game continues The yarn ball can be thrown multiple times to each person each one holding onto the yarn as he throws the ball Variation 1 When someone catches the yarn ball he tells something about himself before he throws it to someone else Variation 2 When someone catches the yarn ball he tells a little known fact about himself before he throws it to someone else Balloon Game Have each person put one piece of information about himself in a balloon Then have each blow up his balloon and throw it in the middle of the circle of people One by one pop the balloons and guess to whom that piece of information belongs Pictionary Stories Hand out one Pictionary card to each person and have her tell stories about her life using three of the words on the card Group Recall Participants are asked to consider whom they would choose to be if they had to be another person who has lived or is living a real person After they have chosen someone the participants are next asked to reflect upon why they selected this person When all are ready to share the facilitator explains the process A volunteer goes first telling the person she would like to be and why The next person sitting to the left first recalls what the volunteer shared and then shares her selection etc going around the circle Favorite Cards Give each person an index card Have them divide the index card into four sections In one section they draw a picture of their favorite TV show in another section their favorite state in the third section their favorite book or magazine and last their favorite food Everyone walk around the room showing each other their cards The object is to try to guess what the other people drew on their card Do

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  • History Telling Questions
    from nature that best represents your experience with other Christians Which of the following three body parts best describes how you serve others an ear listening a tongue talking or a hand helping Describe an important decision you ve made in the last year Describe ways in which you see yourself changing Describe or name some things you worry about What are four of your most valuable possessions What makes them valuable to you Who has had the most significant influence on your life Describe how his her influence affected you With which person in your life can you be most honest and why Describe two major turning points in your life Tell your spiritual journey See Member in the Spotlight for more about telling your spiritual journey How do you feel about your relationship with God at the present time How does being in fellowship with other Christians impact your life What experiences with Christian fellowship have you had What are two qualities do you like about yourself and why What is one thing in your Christian life that you would like to improve this year Pretend you re driving in a car listening to your favorite music and all of a sudden the radio turns static God breaks in on the airwaves to talk to you What do you think he d want to say to you If you could be a missionary what country would you go to and why If you were comfortable speaking in public what message would you most want to communicate to your church or college group Why What words images or metaphors about God are most meaningful to you Which images or pictures do you find difficult or barriers for you How do these images affect your prayer life If you could ask Jesus any question and knew he would answer it fully and clearly what would it be When did God become more than a word to you You have crashed in the mountains with no hope of rescue You have a pen and paper to write a letter that will be found and delivered To whom would you write and what would you say Tell about a high point in your life If you described your present spiritual life on a scale of one to ten with one being deeply depressed and ten being rapture where would you place yourself What would you like to be remembered for after you die What advice would you give a man or a woman about to get married Who provided the most human warmth to you growing up In one sentence or word what is life all about Tell a frightening moment from your childhood Describe a happy family If you wrote a book what would the title be What epitaph would you like for others to put on your tombstone How would you define love Who has shown you that kind of love What do you think makes a happy marriage How

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  • Tell About Your Past Week (or Event)
    Week Event Member in the Spotlight Affirmations Asking Questions Games Trust Building Games Large Group Games Pipe Cleaner Art Give everyone a pipe cleaner and have them shape it into what their last week has been like Every person then tells about what they made and how it describes their week Cereal Description Bring three or four different kinds of cereal that could be useful in describing one s week Pass the cereal boxes around and have each person take a handful of the cereal that best describes his past week Then have each tell why he chose the type of cereal to describe his week For example Lucky Charms I felt like things went well for me this week because Fruit Loops I felt like I was going in loops up and down all week because Fruit or Vegetable Have each person choose a fruit or vegetable with an adjective that would describe her life this week dried fig ripe cantaloupe smashed banana etc Highs and Lows Each person in turn describes one high point good or happy time and one low point difficult sad or frustrating time of his past week Adjectives What three adjectives describe your past

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  • Member in the Spotlight
    of the group into the meaningful interesting unique experiences and aspects of his her life He She can tell whatever he she wants about him herself He she can bring as many examples as appropriate art pieces collections or actually take the group to a special place or do a favorite hobby interest together if all can participate The group should show genuine interest as they would want given to them when it s their turn Some options include Spiritual journey or testimony Artistic expressions Travel stories and souvenirs Tell about special family members Life milestones Achievements Sports Hobbies interests collections talents Favorite food or treat brought to eat together Take the group to a favorite or meaningful place Poems or pictures Spiritual Journey During one small group session each person draws their spiritual journey as a graph or a road map Show some high places and low spots in the journey Show places where God revealed something about Himself that made a difference Show where he felt especially close to God and some places where he felt distant He may share it with the group if he wants when he is the Member in the Spotlight Or he may

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  • Affirmations
    strengths Tell what you see God doing in each other s lives where they have grown and changed and the gifts God is developing in them Tell each other how they have made a difference in your life and in the group How Have everyone in turn affirm one person Then focus on the next person until everyone has affirmed each group member Variations Share strengths you see in each member using the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5 22 23 Think of one gift you d like to give each person in the group i e peace a new car Tell them and pray for them Describe each person in the group using three positive words Tape a thick piece of paper cardstock on each person s back and give each one a felt tip pen Write an affirmation on each other s papers and sign it Optional discussion questions before giving affirmations How hard is it for you to give sincere compliments Why How do you want people to respond when you compliment them How do you normally respond when someone compliments you Why Which is more difficult for you giving compliments or receiving them Why Do

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  • Asking Questions Games
    Games Introductions Name Games History Telling Activities History Telling Questions Tell About Your Past Week Event Member in the Spotlight Affirmations Asking Questions Games Trust Building Games Large Group Games Ball Of Paper Make a giant ball of newspaper by wrapping newspaper around a core but in between each layer place a piece of candy with a written question wrapped around it When it comes time for icebreakers pass around this already made ball of paper and have each person take a layer off They have to answer the question and then they can eat the candy Balloon Questions Pass one balloon around the circle with a felt pen Each person writes a question on the balloon The question can be about what they d like to know about the other group members Or it can be something they wish someone would ask them Then pass the balloon around the circle and each person chooses three of the questions on the balloon to answer Spin the Bottle One person draws a question out of a bag of questions and spins the bottle Then they ask the question to the person to whom the bottle points The questions can be about

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  • Trust Building Games for Small Group Bible Studies
    All participants must be willing to earn each other s trust by being there for each other in these exercises If not the experience will be damaging Electric Fence Set up an obstacle to represent a fence using rope or twine about waist high Instruct the group that they have just escaped from prison and must get over the electric fence without getting shocked It is the responsibility of the group to get all members of their group over the obstacle They may not go under Trust Circle Eight people stand in a close circle One person stands in the center of the circle and crosses his arms over his chest with hands on opposite shoulders Keeping his body stiff not bending at the waist he leans toward the circle and is passed from one person to another Group Sit Eight or more people stand in circle with hands on the waist of person in front of them elbows at 90 degree angle At the signal everyone sits on knees of the person behind them all at the same time Back to Back Partners lock arms back to back and try to stand up Try it in fours Human Knot

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  • Large Group and/or Co-ed Games for Small Group Bible Studies
    limit for the game 45 minutes Each team chooses a home side goes into a huddle there and decides whether to be Elves Wizards or Giants for the first round Throughout the game each team s goal is to stay on the home side Then the two teams face each other at the centerline each team standing in a line shoulder to shoulder At a signal each team acts out their choice Elves bend over with their hands on their knees Wizards stretch their arms out in front as if casting a spell and Giants stand tall with their arms above their heads The losing team turns and runs back to its own home line before the winning team members tag them All who are tagged before they cross their home line must join the other team Elves chase Wizards Wizards chase Giants and Giants chase Elves Now the teams with their new members or less members huddle and decide their choice for the next round Play continues until time is up The side with the most people at the end of the time wins Ha Ha Game Everyone lies down on their backs and places their head on the stomach of the person in front of them The first person says Ha and each person adds a Ha until the last person Try to make it to the end without laughing Animal Noise Write the name of an animal on 2 3 slips of paper Write the name of a different animal on 2 3 more slips of paper Continue until there is a paper for each group member Distribute the papers so that no one reads it except the recipient Have the group spread out Everyone must keep their eyes closed make their animal noise and use the

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