There is little that Christian women enjoy more than getting together with their Christian friends. Ladies' fellowships provide a comfortable opportunity for women to have a “night out” with friends while being encouraged and uplifted in the admonition of the Lord. Most of these fellowships consist of food, fellowship, a devotional time and of course, games. The Internet is a vast source of game ideas you can use for any ladies' meeting, and you can customize most of them to fit the season, the month or the theme of your meeting.
On a Roll
This game is a fun icebreaker that helps everyone become better acquainted. Pass around a roll of toilet paper, instructing each lady to take as much as she needs. Once everyone has toilet paper, explain that each person must tell one interesting fact about herself for every sheet of toilet paper she has. For added fun, the ladies can also explain why they took so much or so little toilet paper.
Don't Say "I"
Give each lady three clothespins upon her arrival. (For a spring theme, the clothespins can be decorated as flowers or bumblebees.) Inform each lady that the theme for the night is unselfishness; therefore, no one is allowed to use the word “I.” If, at any time during the evening, someone catches another lady saying “I”, that lady may take one of the latter's clothespins. The lady with the most clothespins at the end of the meeting wins a prize. It's hilarious to see how much the clothespins circulate throughout the meeting.
What Kind of Shoe Are You?
Have a large pile of assorted shoes in the middle of the floor. (You can purchase shoes from your local thrift store or have volunteers bring some of their own.) Instruct each lady to go to the pile and pick one shoe that reminds her of herself. This is really fun if everyone is picking shoes at the same time. After everyone has a shoe and has returned to their seats, go around the room and have each lady explain why she picked the shoe she is holding. (For example, a hiking shoe could represent hard work or dependability while a bedroom slipper represents comfort and a state of peacefulness.) If you have a close group, you could also have each lady pick a shoe that represents the person to her right and tell why she picked that shoe.
Have You Ever. . .?
Give the ladies paper and pens to keep track of their score. Read off a list of items and a number of points to jot down if they have ever done the tasks. The list can be as long or as short as you like and can contain items like the following: Have you ever fallen up the steps? Give yourself five points. Have you ever locked your keys in your car? Give yourself three points. Have you ever dialed a phone number and forgot who you called? Give yourself two points. The lady with the fewest points at the end of the game wins a prize. Regardless who wins, there will be a lot of nodding and snickering going on.
Purse Scavenger Hunt
Divide your ladies into two groups. Give each group a list of items they possibly could find in a purse. The ladies of each group must work together, searching through their purses to find the items on the list. They can only use the purses of the ladies in their group. Some items to put on the list include the following: a picture of your entire family, nail clippers, Tylenol, a bandaid, needle and/or thread, a tissue, perfume, a coupon and a piece of gum. Make the list as long or as short as you wish.
The Ungame is a board game you can buy online and at a few Christian supply or game stores. For playing with a large group, you can easily set the board aside and just use the questions. The Ungame is not about winning or losing. It's about getting to know each other better. You can ask one question, and allow each lady to have a turn to answer that question, or you can ask a different question to each lady. Sample questions included in The Ungame are: (1) What are the four most important things in your life? (2) What do you think life would be like in 100 years? (3) If you could ask God for anything and be guaranteed to receive it, what would you ask for? (4) What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
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Dana Rongione has been writing since 2004. Her articles have appeared in "Teacher's Interaction" magazine, "Teachers of Vision" magazine and "Devo'zine." She is also the author of nine books. Rongione received two certificates of completion from The Institute of Children's Literature. She holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College.
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