Whether your group is big or small, there are virtual icebreakers that can help you break the ice. Some of these activities can even be performed in videoconference format. For example, a Bible squeeze relay can be a fun icebreaker that can be adapted for a Christian theme.
Adapting virtual icebreakers to fit a Christian theme
When planning an icebreaker for church groups, it is important to consider what you’re trying to accomplish. One way to make it more meaningful is to incorporate the topic of Christian history. By asking participants to identify a significant Christian event in history, you can boost group knowledge and imagination, and allow group members to discuss how these events affected them. If done well, this can also be a great way to encourage constructive debate.
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Scripture matching: Another activity you can try is scripture matching. This activity is easy to adapt to a Christian theme. You can use a concordance if you’re using an ancient Bible, and you can divide the group into teams. This activity is also a great way to get people to interact with each other because it engages the imagination and brings people closer together.
“Tow Truths and a Lie”: Another fun and easy activity that can work with church groups is “Tow Truths and a ‘Lie.’ It is a classic icebreaker that works great for small groups and adults. Players need to say two “truths” about themselves to win a round. This game allows people to get to know one another and can open the door to deeper discussions about faith and Christian values.
Christian icebreaker games: Christian icebreaker games can be played in teams or individually. For instance, a version of the icebreaker game “Switch” can be played where participants sit in a circle. The target is in the center of the circle. The target can be a large piece of colored construction or even a circle made of masking tape. The players must stand ten feet away from the target and try to blow a balloon closed.
Creating virtual icebreakers in a videoconference format
Incorporate an icebreaker game into your videoconference. There are many fun, quick, and easy ways to break the ice. You can use an M&M’s challenge, for example, which asks participants to find objects that represent their emotions, and then share them with the group. This icebreaker is best for groups of fewer than ten people, or groups with high school age members. It also works well when you want to dig deeper into the group.
When creating icebreaker activities, consider the time allotted for each activity. Make sure that participants feel comfortable with the activities, and don’t try to make it too complicated. Also, don’t use activities that might cause offence, because information can get lost in translation. Similarly, jokes don’t always travel well. Moreover, keep in mind the purpose and objectives of the activity.
If your group includes members from different countries, you can play the game “Five Strikes,” which uses five fingers to represent different countries. This game emphasizes similarities between team members and helps them form bonds. However, it is crucial to choose a diverse list of prompts, because an American-centric prompt may exclude international team members.
An icebreaker question can be fun, if it makes people think of a quirky answer. If you ask a question that focuses on bonding, people may be more forthcoming with honest answers. You can also try using follow-up questions to remind people of what they did in the past week.
Using a Bible squeeze relay as an icebreaker
Using a Bible squeeze relay as an opening activity for a bible study group can be a great way to get your participants to connect on a spiritual level. The activity is not too competitive and focuses on getting to know one another. In addition to being a fun icebreaker, it also allows you to introduce scriptures. To do a bible squeeze relay, participants stand in a line. The person at one end of the line will squeeze the person on the other end. He or she will then pass the squeeze to the next person.
When using an icebreaker activity, keep in mind that it may take a few minutes for the participants to come up with an answer. This is completely normal and can even lead to a little bit of laughter. Depending on the number of people involved, a Bible squeeze relay may take longer than you’d like. If the group is getting too long, it may be better to stop the activity and pick it up again the following week.
One way to use a Bible squeeze relay as an ice breaker is to divide the group into teams of three. Each team will be given a piece of paper and a pencil. The goal is to have the team try to guess the passage in the Bible, in the correct order. The first pair to find the passage will get a point.