Icebreaker – Newlywed Game (Friendship Style)

Icebreaker Description

This student ministry game or icebreaker is very similar to the classic newlywed game with a friendship twist. Instead of married couples competing, two best friends play against two other best friends.

It can be a great opener for a lesson on friendship (I’ve used it before teaching Proverbs 13:20). Just be prepared for lots of laughter and “are you kidding me?!” looks as their answers differ!

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3 Easy Ideas to Get Your New Small Group Talking

As summer is winding down our student ministry has been gearing up for an incredible year. For us, this largely means new small groups!! Our assignments came out last week and I was super excited to find out that I am teaching freshman girls. Not to mention– I have a rock star co-leader (HEY Natalie!).

Even though I’ve done this for years, I’ll be honest and admit that starting a new small group always makes me a little nervous. Each group is so different and I have no idea what personalities are going to walk in the door. I, however, want to do everything I can to establish a small group culture that values discussion.

So what do you do if your new small group just stares at you when you ask a question? Here are a few ideas to help your girls wake up (if you’re fighting the 8am sleepiness) and get ready to engage with the material!

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Group Charades

Game Description:

Group Charades adds a fun twist to the normal game of charades as the audience actually acts out the words while the person on stage guesses. It’s a fun (and pretty successful way) to get everyone up and moving. You can even turn this student ministry game into a grades competition if you are working with a large group (ex. the 6th graders act out words for the 6th grade representative on stage etc.).

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Play-Doh Pictionary

Game Description:

Play-Doh Pictionary is a super easy game to explain and works great for when you want a student ministry game that gets students interacting in small groups. It does require some pre-planning as the Pictionary words have to be cut into slips for each team, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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