Somehow I've found myself leading my Sunday School class each week... sometimes I long to share the responsibility, but more often than not, I'm really grateful that it forces me to dive deeper into the Scripture lesson. In the last couple of months, I've led the class through a variety of small group studies, including Old Testament Characters, Animate: Faith, and Better.
However, before we move on to the next series, I wanted to take a week just to celebrate us as a class... and to encourage everyone to get to know each other better.
I organized a game of "Sunday School Speed Dating," putting a new spin on tried-and-true icebreaker questions. Here's how we played...
- Divide the group into pairs. With an odd number of people, you could easily have a group of 3. [I made pairs of cards that matched with the same washi tape pattern.] Seat the pairs together so that they are facing each other.
- Hand each pair an envelope of seven Question Cards. Each card is numbered and has four questions in three categories: Memories/Childhood/Spiritual. Download here
- Pairs ask and answer the questions on Card #1. There's no pressure to answer every question. Some questions may have quick answers; others may incite more dialogue.
- After 5-6 minutes, switch pairs and answer the questions on Card #2. [One half of the pair moves clockwise to the next set of chairs. On the next rotation, the other half of the pair moves counterclockwise.]
- Continue until you've answered all of the cards or until you've run out of time. [Just fyi... in the 30 minutes that we were gathered, we went through 5 sets of questions and would have continued, except the bell rang signally the end of Sunday School.]
I had the privilege to overhear some of the dialogue, and it was so neat to hear people who are usually quiet in Sunday School wrapped up in conversation.
I'm hoping that we can make this a tradition of sorts... taking time between lessons to bring us closer together. Maybe it's with another round of "speed dating" or maybe it's another activity...
Do you know any other successful, non-cheesy icebreaker/get-to-know-each-other/team-building ideas for adults? I'd love to build an archive to pick from!