Encouraging friendship amongst Christians is a common objective for many youth and adult group leaders. This can be done by encouraging group members to play games that build trust and interact with others they normally wouldn't. All of these games used to encourage friendship can also be used to teach lessons from the Bible.
Getting people to interact when they first meet can be a challenge of any Christian group leader. Icebreaker games are a great way for people to meet and get to know each other, helping them make new friends. One Christian icebreaker game requires group members to stand in a circle and then hold two other people's hands. These people cannot be the people next to them, however. The group gets tangled together in a human knot that they must then work together to untangle.
Another great icebreaker game, "Two Truths and a Lie," helps group members get to know each other when each member makes three statements and the group must determine what the lie is.
Trust games are a great way to enhance and encourage group friendship once the ice has been broken. For instance, trust leans or falls are often used to encourage trust amongst group members. This can be done by blindfolding one person, then having a group stand around her so they can catch the person as she falls backwards.
Similarly, an obstacle course can be set up outdoors. Group members are divided into teams of two people, with one person blindfolded. The blindfolded person must run the obstacle course based on the verbal directions of his sighted teammate.
Bible games, specifically Bible games that have group members work in teams, help group members make new friends while testing their knowledge of biblical events. For instance, a quiz show-type game can be set up with different categories related to different parts of the Bible. Group members must work in teams to answer the trivia questions and get points to win the game.
Children or adults can learn about morality while working in groups and making friends. For instance, everyone in the group is given a certain number of paperclips. Then, three or four people in the group are chosen to be leaders and they must convince the other people in the group to give them their paperclips. The person with the largest paperclip ring wins. Participants may give all their paperclips to one person or divide them equally. Afterward, group leaders can lead a discussion about persuasion and compromise, using Bible passage to enhance understanding.
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Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.