As of April 2021 we’re having Sunday services and Midweek devotionals in-person again. But just in case you’d prefer to join us online, instead, here are some steps to help you stay connected to all our church activities and for you to be updated as a member of the Central Valley Church of Christ.

How to join us online for church worship on Sunday at 10:30am

Same as with most churches during this COVID times, you can watch our Sunday worship services live streaming on YouTube by navigating to our channel, by clicking here (make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, too!)

This might seem a tech investment but we truly believe that the Spirit of God can use technological instruments like this for us to outreach to people during this time crisis. 

Our volunteers are willing to help you on the tech side to set this up on your end. Feel free to reach out to us.

Don’t forget about fellowship after worship service!

Looking for an event or groups where you could get great knowledge about the gospel?

Excited to learn the Bible deeper with people who are willing to support you in your spiritual journey?

Are your kids missing the youth group fellowships? 

Come fellowship with us as we share good news, memorize life-changing verses, share spiritual growth ideas, make prayer requests, discuss in breakout rooms, enjoy fun activities, and get to know each other better. 

Being in a Bible-based and Spirit led fellowship is an investment that requires time commitment. Click here to join us on Zoom and our volunteers on the other end will guide and be giving you instruction on how to be part of groups that matches your needs. It lasts about 45 minutes. 

This outreach idea will help us be connected in real-time.

“Wait, I forget how to use Zoom!”

Don’t worry, click here to learn how to join Zoom meetings. W

Also, you can click here for some helpful tips on how to use Zoom.

How to join us online for our Wednesday devotionals at 7:30pm

The focus PM Midweek activities can vary.  Some weeks a Midweek will include the entire church joining on a single Zoom meeting.  While other weeks will have specific Zoom meetings based on the small group you’re in. 


So to make sure you never miss a notice about each week’s Midweek night devotional, just download the BAND app for iOS App Store or Google Play Store and contact your small group leader to make sure you get connected with all the events and activities of your small group.  

If you are not sure who your small group leader is, email us at and we will get you connected. 

Church Email List

As a member, you can also join our private email group where you can read any updates from our Pastor, support from our admin, receive timely bible verses, receive regular ministry activities heads up, and know about any Giving opportunities to our community church.  

You are our family and the Lord wants us to be connected by all means with our activity. Whether you are a youth, single, or married, you are much welcome to join. 

Reach out by contacting us at and we will get you added to the list. We will surely reply to you as soon as we can. 

Church Facebook Group

If you’re online and on Facebook, we are too.  Click here to join our Facebook Group page and enjoy our online activity where we share Bible verses, Gospel sharing experiences and more!

Go online and connect with us today. 

Share Your Bible-Based Faith!

The easiest way to share our website with someone else is to have them scan the QR code, below. 

As a guide, all someone has to do is point their smartphone’s camera at this QR code and their phone will automatically pull up our website! Our volunteers will collate it on our end. 

Sharing your story of experiencing the Gospel is an investment to other people’s lives. Giving hope and inspiration to other people, the Lord will surely use it for His glory 

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Use the guide above to know more about our current ministry outreach, online activities, pastor updates, upcoming fun Family and kids related events for you as our church family member.

For any Outreach Idea (e.g Bible Verses Daily Campaigns) and Giving concerns feel free to reach out to us through our Contact Page

Frequently Asked Questions by Members

We go to church to as our spiritual act of worship. A helping hand or encouragement to our brothers and sisters. To hear the Scripture broken down and discussed so we can put it into practice in our lives to glorify Christ.

General purposes of the church are worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission, and that they are derived from the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20).

Bible Trivia For Kids 

  1. When Samuel picked David as king, God reminded us that while people look at the outward appearance, what does God look at? Is it our motives, our attitude, our work done on earth or our heart? Answer: the heart; 1 Samuel 16:7 
  2. What is the last book of the Old Testament? Is it Second Samuel, Matthew, Zephaniah or Malachi? Answer: Malachi (Have them look and also note the very last verse: God reminds us how very important it is to love our family!)bible bowl trivia quiz questions ideas sunday school kids  
  3. How many times did God call out to young Samuel in the night as he was lying down in the house of the Lord? Was it four times, three times, once or 20 times? Answer: four times; 1 Samuel 3:3-10
  4. After Jesus was baptized, God said, “This is my son, whom I _____.” Is it whom I love, whom I will bless, whom I cherish or whom I have sent? Answer: whom I love; Matthew 3:17 (and Mark 1:11 and Luke 3:22)
  5. What instrument did David play? Answer: Harp/lyre Bonus question: Name the king he played it for. Bonus answer: King Saul; 1 Samuel 16:14-23
  6. Finish this verse from 1 Thessalonians: Pray without ______. Is it doubting, crying, complaining or ceasing? Answer: ceasing; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  7. After Noah got off the boat, what sign did God give to showed his promise to never flood the world again? Was it a dove, an olive branch, a rainbow or a fire in a bush? Answer: rainbow; Genesis 9:12-16
  1. How many days and nights did Jesus fast? Was it 22, 40, 365 or 12? Answer: 40; Matthew 4:2
  2. Who was the first person to come upon the injured man in the parable of the Good Samaritan? Was it the tax collector, the innkeeper, the priest or the judge? Answer: the priest; Luke 10:25-37
  3. Finish this verse: “In addition to all this, take up your shield of _____, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Is it Shield of Faith, Shield of the Spirit, Shield of Protection or Shield of Righteousness? Answer: Shield of Faith; Ephesians 6:16
  4. Which New Testament book has Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? Is it Hebrews, John, Revelation or Matthew? Answer: Matthew; It covers several chapters (5-7) and teaches some of the most familiar lessons like not to worry and the “golden rule” (7:12).
  5. How many times does the Bible mention the word “snow?” Is it 24 times, five times, never or 12 times? Answer: 24 times; several verses that mention snow are Psalm 51:7, Proverbs 31:21, Isaiah 1:18
  6. What did King Solomon ask God to give him? Was it prosperity, a new barn for his grain, fame or wisdom? Answer: wisdom; 1 Kings 3:9
  7. What location does Jesus say to light a lamp for all to see? Is it on a hill, out in the open, on a stand or on a roof? Answer: on a stand; Matthew 5:15
  8. What piece of clothing made Joseph’s brothers jealous? Was it a coat, shoes, belt or special headpiece? Answer: a coat; Genesis 37:3
  9. How many days was Jonah in the belly of the big fish? Was it one, three, five or seven days. Answer: three days and three nights; Jonah 1:17
  10. How was Ruth related to Naomi? Daughter, sister, daughter-in-law or cousin? Answer: Ruth was Naomi’s daughter-in-law (son’s wife); Ruth 1:22

Bible Trivia for Youth Groups 

  1. Out of the following, which did God NOT tell the Israelites to do in order to keep his commandments on their hearts? Teach the commandments to their children; Defend the commandments in response to the gods of the peoples around them; Talk of them when they sit in their homes, when they walk around, when they lie down and when they rise; Write them on the doorposts of their houses? Answer: defend the commandments in response to the gods of the peoples around them; Deuteronomy 6:6-9 bible bowl trivia quiz questions ideas sunday school youth group teens
  2. Noah sent two birds from the ark — what were they? (Bonus: Which did he send first?) Dove and a sparrow, dove and a pelican, dove and a raven, sparrow and an eagle? Answer: dove and a raven; Bonus answer: raven was first; Genesis 8:6-9
  3. In what languages were most of the Old Testament and New Testament given in? Are they both in Greek, Greek and Latin, Latin and Hebrew or Hebrew and Greek? Answer: Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament)
  4. Name one of the five books in the Bible that contain only one chapter. Choose from 1 John, Titus, Habakkuk or Obadiah. Answer: Obadiah (For bonus points, the others are Philemon, 2 & 3 John and Jude)
  5. How much of his wealth did Zacchaeus give to the poor? Was it 10 percent, all of it, half of it or what he had collected in taxes? Answer: half of it; Luke 19:8
  6. What will be the outcome of honoring your father and your mother? Is it that you will live long in the land, that you will prosper in all you do, that you will be blessed to the seventh generation or you will have bountiful crops? Answer: you will live long in the land; Exodus 20:12
  7. Fill in this blank: Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, _____ _____ can help him up. Is it Jesus Christ, God’s spirit, his friend or his family? Answer: his friend; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  1. To what city was Saul traveling when he saw a great light and Jesus asked, “Why do you persecute me?” Was it Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Philippi or Damascus? Answer: Damascus; Acts 9:3-4
  2. What animal does Moses compare the people of Israel to when speaking to the Lord? Is it sheep, goats, lions or eagles? Answer: sheep; Numbers 27:17
  3. Who changed his name to Israel and why? Was it Moses after he was found as a baby in a basket, was it Jacob after he struggled with God, was it Daniel after he came out of the lion’s den or was it David after he won the battle with Goliath? Answer: Jacob after he struggled with God; Genesis 32:28 (This would be great for a lesson in persistence!)
  4. In Luke, the woman cleans Jesus feet with what two things?  Was it soap and water, water and a towel, tears and a towel or tears and her hair? Answer: her tears and her hair; Luke 7:44
  5. God told Moses not to come any closer to the burning bush until he did what? Was it listen to an angel, take off his sandals, acknowledge God as the One True God or sacrifice his son Isaac? Answer: take off his sandals; Exodus 3:5
  6. According to Hebrews, God’s word is _____ and _____.  Is it ancient and inspiring, living and active, gentle and instructive or mysterious and wonderful? Answer: living and active; Hebrews 4:12
  7. When Jesus died, what three things happened? Pick from this list of five: earthquake, a plague on the house of Pilate, veil in the temple torn, all babies cried at once, tombs broke open. Answer: earthquake, veil in the temple torn, tombs broke open; Matthew 27:51-52
  8. What were the names of the twins who wrestled in their mother’s womb? Was it Cain and Abel, Paul and Peter, Jesus and John or Jacob and Esau? Answer: Jacob and Esau; Genesis 25:22-26
  9. Which of the following is NOT part of the armor of God? Is it the belt of truth, shield of knowledge, sword of the Spirit or helmet of salvation Answer: shield of knowledge; Ephesians 6:10-18 (it’s shield of faith!) 
  10. What book of the Bible do you find Lydia of Thyatira’s story? Isaiah, Proverbs, Acts or First Colossians? Answer: Acts; Acts 16 

Bible Trivia for Adults

  1. Where did Elijah meet with the prophets of Baal to prove that God is the one true god? Was it Mount Moriah, Mount of Olives, Mount Ararat, or Mount Carmel? Answer: Mount Carmel; 1 Kings 18:19 (Bonus round could be finding/naming why the others are notable)bible bowl trivia quiz questions ideas adult church community small group
  2. Where did Jesus grow up after returning from Egypt? Was it Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem or Lower East Side? Answer: Nazareth; Luke 2:39-40
  3. James 4 asks, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your _____ that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it.” Is the blank sins, evil motivations, desires or selfish tendencies? Answer: desires; James 4:1-2
  4. In which book of the Bible is this verse found: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Is it Leviticus, Titus, Proverbs or Habakkuk? Answer: Proverbs; Proverbs 22:6
  5. What was Aaron doing while Moses was up getting the 10 Commandments?  Was it having a potluck with the Israelites, praying to God, telling the Israelites to wait and be patient or making a golden idol? Answer: making a golden idol Bonus questions: what shape was the idol and what was it made of? Bonus Answers: shape of a calf and made of earrings; Exodus 32:2-4 
  6. What does this name of God mean: Jehovah Rapha? Is it The Lord who leads, The Lord who sends, The Lord who provides or The Lord who heals? Answer: The Lord who heals; Exodus 15:26
  7. What is the name commonly given to the first five books of the Old Testament? Is it the Pentateuch, the Doxology, the Apocrypha or the Septuagint? Answer: The Pentateuch (pronounced pen-ta-tuke) Bonus question: What does the word mean? Bonus answer: “Five books” or “five scrolls” 
  8. In Revelation, Jesus says: “Do not be afraid. I am the ____ and the ____.” Is it the First and the Last, the Way and the Truth, the Life and the Truth or the Lion and the Lamb? Answer: the First and the Last; Revelation 1:17
  1. Where in the New Testament does it talk about the perseverance of Job? Is it in the book of Hebrews, Revelation, 2 Timothy or James? Answer: James; James 5:10-11
  2. What does Jesus say about judging others? Is it judge fairly, judge justly, judge not or judge Judy? Answer: judge not; Luke 6:37 (This could lead to a great discussion on the difference of being discerning vs. condemning others)
  3. “The _____ _____ of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.” Are the blanks the true sayings, quiet words, harsh rebukes or silent prayers? Answer: quiet words; Ecclesiastes 9:17
  4. What were the two plagues that afflicted the Egyptians physically? Was it gnats and blisters, boils and hives, dandruff and hives or gnats and boils? Answer: gnats and boils; Exodus 8-9
  5. Fill in the blank: “In the same way, ______ are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” Is it husbands, postal workers, wives or deacons? Answer: deacons; 1 Timothy 3:8
  6. What did the mysterious hand write on the wall at King Belshazzar’s banquet?  Was it Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani; Jehovah-Jireh; Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin; or Shadrach Meshach and Abednego? Answer: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin Bonus question: What does Tekel mean? Bonus answer: Tekel means “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;” Daniel 5:25-28 
  7. Which of the following did Paul NOT mention that individual members of the church should bring when coming together in worship? Is it a hymn, a gift of leadership, a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation? Answer: a gift of leadership; 1 Corinthians 14:26 (This could spark a conversation about “being the church” and trusting the Holy Spirit in each brother/sister, rather than expecting church leaders to facilitate everything.) 
  8. How many of each animal did Moses bring into the Ark? Answer: None, Moses led people out of Egypt. Noah was on the ark! (You gotta end on a trick question!)
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A. Icebreaker Questions

Icebreaker questions are simply different ways of getting the people in your small group to talk about themselves. This is an easy way to encourage friendships to form in your group as you help everyone get to know each other.

1. Best/worst

Description: Make sure to read this first. Best/worst is a simple church icebreaker to implement in your small group if you are looking for one. Ask each person to share their best and worst moments from the previous week. The entire activity icebreaker should not take longer than 10-15 minutes depending on how large your group is. This is an easy one to use and gives you good feedback on how the people in your group are doing in a general sense. Have fun and enjoy this ministry group activity now..

Ideal group size: Any size group.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Any group. The longer the group has been meeting, the more honest the answers will be. If you use this with a group of people who do not know each other well, the answers may be short and surface-level. Persevere, and people will become more comfortable with each other.

Tips: In the event that people are not engaging with the question, you can prompt them with follow-up questions to help them remember what they did during the week. It can also help if you initiate the icebreaker by answering the question first, giving everyone else time to think about their answers.

2. Most unique

Description: Do you have ideas about the people you are with? Make sure to read this first. Go around the room and have each person share something that makes him or her unique or unusual, such as “I’ve never left the state I was born in” or “I am one of 10 kids.” The more unique the facts, the more fun the icebreaker becomes. Have fun and Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: High school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: Give examples of unique or unusual facts/event, and be willing to share your answer first. This activity often creates starting points for conversations between members.

3. Two truths and a lie

Description: Make sure to read this first. Have each person make three statements about him or herself: two true statements and one lie. For example: “I’ve never broken a bone. I have five sisters. I was born in Poland.” The group tries to guess which statement is the lie. This icebreaker should not take longer than 10-15 minutes. Have fun.

Ideal group size: This game can be time consuming, so it’s better with 10 people or fewer. Consider breaking up a big group into a few smaller ones.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: The key to making this icebreaker fun is for people to come up with odd/interesting facts about themselves. The more seemingly random the better. Give people a few minutes before starting the icebreaker to come up with the facts about themselves. The lie becomes harder to spot when only a portion of it is false. For example: “I have five sisters” could be the lie if the person only has three sisters.

Keep the pace going by setting a time limit per player.

4. Get-to-know-you questions

Description: Make sure to read this first. Most people will not know each other well in a group that’s just forming in any event. Using this icebreaker helps create friendship and community within the group. Simply ask one of these questions and give everyone a predetermined amount of time to answer. Have fun.

Your goal is not to answer all of these questions, but we have provided them to give you options.

  • What do you do for fun?

  • What would be your ideal vacation?

  • What is the most memorable activity you did with your family as a child?

  • What quality do you appreciate most in a friend?

  • What is one characteristic you received from your parents you want to keep and one you wish you could change?

  • What is a good thing happening in your life right now? What makes it good?

  • If you knew you could not fail and money were no object, what would you like to do in the next five years?

  • What would you like said about you at your funeral?

  • When, if ever, did God become more than a word to you, and how did that happen?

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: If you want to use this icebreaker for your first small group, plan on spending most of the time answering the questions you have chosen from the list.

Give your group space to be open with one another. If the questions above do not fit your group, come up with your own. The important thing is for people to share about themselves and practice listening well.

5. House on fire

Description: Make sure to read this first. Ask the members of your group to imagine the following scenario or event: “Your house is on fire, and everyone is safe. You have 30 seconds to run through the house and collect three or four articles you want to save. What would you grab? Why?”. Have fun.

After everyone has done this, the group can discuss what they learned about the things they value.

Ideal group size: Up to 20 people.

Ideal age group: High school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: If you decide to discuss your group members’ answers to the question, allow extra time. You can also come back and discuss the answers in a later meeting. This would be a great icebreaker to use to launch a study about identity or values.

6. Make-believe

Description: Make sure to read this first. In one event, ask the members of your group one of these questions: If you could …

  • Go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

  • Talk to anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be? Why?

  • Wish one thing and have it come true this year, what would it be? Why?


Ideal group size: Up to 10 people.

Ideal age group: High school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: This icebreaker may take longer than others, depending on how much people want to share. Plan on 15-20 minutes for this icebreaker.

7. Deserted island

Description: Make sure to read this first. This is one of the activities that is good for your church community event! Ask the group: “You’ve been exiled to a deserted island for a year. You are told you may take three things you want, apart from the essentials. What would you take and why?”

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: High school and older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: This icebreaker is fun when people think of quirky answers. Encourage your group to think outside the box. This icebreaker should not take longer than 10 minutes, and the answers should be relatively short.

8. Heroes

Description: Make sure to read this first. Ready to play heroes event with your church community? Ask each group member to name three people, past or present, he or she admires. Why?

Or ask: “If you could interview anyone in history, who would you choose and why? What one or two questions would you ask?”

Ideal group size: Up to 10 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: People will have interesting answers for these questions. It would be best to utilize this icebreaker for a small group that is focussed on bonding. Members of your group will most likely talk about people who have impacted their lives personally, so it may take longer than other icebreakers.

9. The M&M’s challenge

Description: Make sure to read this first. Your church community event will love this! Pass a bag of M&M’s around and tell everyone to take a few but not to eat them.

Ask each person to share something for every M&M. For example, for every red M&M, share a TV show you like; for every blue M&M, share a place you would love to travel; and for every yellow M&M, share something you appreciate about a friend. Let people eat the M&M’s as they share.

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: High school youth group and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: This icebreaker can become as creative as you want it to be. Come up with any question that works well with your group. If your group needs to bond more, come up with a few questions that bring deeper answers to the surface. If your group needs to laugh together, come up with funny questions. This icebreaker will be a favorite because your group members will get to eat M&M’s.

B. Icebreaker Games

Games are a fantastic tool to help the members of your small group bond with one another. Never underestimate the power of laughing with people. Games will quickly create a sense of community within your group.

10. Personal scavenger hunt

Description: Ready your volunteers! Make sure to read this first. Have group members take five minutes to find the following items in their wallets or purses: Something that …

  • You’ve had a long time.

  • You’re proud of.

  • Reveals a lot about you.

  • Reminds you of a fun time.

  • Concerns or worries you.

Have each person share the first item. Encourage people to expand on their item and why it fits the topic prompt. For example, if they have an item that reminds them of a fun time, have them share the memory. Go around again sharing the second item and so on until you have gone through each prompt.

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: It can be hard to tell how long this icebreaker will take. Some people will expand on their answers, others will not. If the activity is taking too long, you can stop the sharing portion and pick up the icebreaker again during the next week’s meeting.

If people do not have purses or wallets to look through, ask them to find pictures on their phones that might fit the prompts. Or ask them to recall what is in their wallets or purses if they do not have them physically.

11. My life in pictures

Description: Ready your volunteers! Bring a newspaper or magazine and have the group members tear out pictures, articles or anything they think communicates something about themselves. Each person should share his or her choice and the reason for it with the group.

You could use this activity as the basis for a journal collage that people bring to the small group each week.

Ideal group size: Up to 20 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school to college age | Church Community

Great for: Launching a creative project.

Tips: This activity works particularly well with girls event, but use your judgment as to whether it would work well with your group. This is an icebreaker where people often underestimate the amount of time required.

12. You write the question

Description: Ready to share your question ideas? Your time commitment matters. Give each person a 3×5 card. Pick a topic and ask them to write down questions about that topic that anyone in the group could answer. For example, if you choose “friendship” as a topic, they can write down questions like “What do you value most in a friend?” or “Who was your best friend growing up and why?”

Pile all the cards face down in the middle of the group and let people draw one. Some topic ideas include jobs, life goals, funny stories, hobbies, family, fears, dating issues, significant relationships and relationship with God. Go around the room until everyone has had a chance to draw and answer a question.

Ideal group size: Up to 15 people.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: If there are similar questions written on more than one of the 3×5 cards, have the group come up with a new question on the spot for the person drawing the second one (or third, etc.). This will keep people engaged in the game and give everyone something to do.

13. Starburst exchange

Description: Buy a large bag of Starburst (or some other candy) and give each person the same amount (try 10). Start by stating something you’ve never done that you think everyone else has done.

For example, you might say, “I’ve never had a birthday party,” or some other true statement about yourself that you think everyone else has surely done. Then everyone who has had a birthday party pays you one Starburst. You pay everyone who has not had a party.

Keep playing until everyone has a turn or until someone runs out of Starburst. Obviously, the idea is to end up with the most.

Ideal group size: Up to 20 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: Like the M&M’s challenge, people will like this icebreaker because it involves candy. Bring more for people to eat during the study too. Plan on this icebreaker taking 20-30 minutes, depending on your group size. You can shorten it by not waiting until someone runs out of candy to stop.

Feel free to mix up the candy, but since pieces are passing back and forth, people will probably prefer something wrapped.

14. Chart your life

Description: Your time commitment matters. Give your group members pens and paper. Ask them to draw a line representing the movement of their lives between high times and low ones.

Invite people to think back as far as they can and mark significant moments along the line they have drawn. Ask them to consider the high points and low points, moments of inspiration, moments of despair, leveling-off times, and where they are now.

The charts will probably be a mixture of straight, slanted, jagged and curved lines. At the different points of their lines, have people either draw something or write a phrase to represent that season of their life. Ask people to make at least five different points on their chart to represent significant moments in their lives.

After everyone has drawn their lines, have people share what they’ve drawn and what it means with the group.

Ideal group size: Up to 10 people.

Ideal age group: College age and older | Church Community

Great for: Groups that know each other but want to go deeper.

Tips: This one event may take longer than many other activities. It might be good to have people draw their charts beforehand to bring with them. If people are willing to share honestly, this can be a great activity to help your group bond. Ask your group to share only one to three points on their graphs to save time, or have people share their whole graphs in smaller groups.

15. Telephone pictionary

Description: We need your time commitment here. Each person in the small group receives a piece of computer paper and a pen. Everyone writes a funny or unusual sentence at the top of their paper. Then, each person hands their piece of paper to the person on their left. Now everyone will have a new piece of paper. Each person draws out a picture of the sentence. They fold the paper so only the picture is seen. The paper gets passed to the left again. This next person will write out a sentence that describes the picture and fold the paper so only the sentence is seen. The game alternates between people drawing and writing out what they see as they continue passing each paper to the left. 

The icebreaker ends when each person receives their original paper. Let everyone share their original sentence and the final sentence or picture. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: 5 to 15 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: This is a popular icebreaker event. It usually produces lots of laughs as everyone shares their papers at the end of the activity. Plan on this game taking 15-20 minutes.

16. Human knot

Description: This is a great relationship building investment for the youth. Have everyone in your group stand in a circle. Each person in the group must hold the hands of two different people who are not immediately standing next to them on their left/right. This creates a human knot. From here, let the group untangle the knot into a circle again. The icebreaker ends when there is no longer a knot. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: 5-15 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school youth and high school | Church Community

Great for: Cooperation and problem-solving.

Tips: Younger people will most likely enjoy this icebreaker more than adults. The game is fun and challenging and will get the group laughing. This icebreaker is fun with a bigger group of people. Plan on the icebreaker taking 5-10 minutes.

17. Line up

Description: Ready your volunteers! This game requires your group to line up in any type of determined order without speaking to one another. For example, ask your group to line up in order of their birthdays, starting with the earliest in the year. Or have them line up in descending birth order, from oldest to youngest. The prompt could be anything, as long as there is something they can order themselves by. The game is engaging because they have to figure out how to line up correctly without talking. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: Up to 20 people.

Ideal age group: High school youth and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: This game gives insight into how people operate. You will learn how the people in your group solve problems, who takes a leadership role and who does not, and how different personalities respond to the game. This icebreaker can be used to launch a study about leadership or how to respond to obstacles— or topics like that. It can also be used to help your group discover how they behave as a group and how they can grow as a group. It’s a great self-awareness tool. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

18. I have never

Description: Calling all the youth out there. Set up chairs in a wide circle. Count the number of people at your study and ensure you have one chair less than the total of people. The game is played by having one person stand in the middle of the circle of chairs. This person states something true about themselves. The statement always starts with “I have never,” and then the person states something they have never done. For example, if the person in the middle says, “I have never been to Hawaii,” everyone in a chair who has been to Hawaii must get up and find another seat at least two seats from their own. The person who ends up without a seat must then go in the middle. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: 10 or more people.

Ideal age group: Middle school to college age | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: Try this icebreaker event during warm weather and place chairs outside so there is more room to run. This icebreaker works best in a large, open space. This game is great for helping people get to know one another. Encourage group members to share their names before sharing their statements.

19. Charades

Description: Ready to share your charade ideas? Time to huddle our youth buddies! Break up your small group into two teams. Give a topic for the charades game (movies, sports, celebrities, books, etc.). Each person writes four to five charade ideas that relate to the topic on slips of paper. The teams take turns having someone from each team act out as many charades as they can from the slips of paper within a set time limit. The team that has the most correct answers wins the game. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: 10 or more people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: Have someone volunteer to be the timer each time someone acts out the charades. Plan on this game taking 15-20 minutes.

20. Did you know?

Description: Ask each youth group member to give you one interesting or unusual fact about themselves before the group meets. Try to discover information that sets each person apart from the others, such as “I have a tugboat named after me,” “I once wrecked the same quarter panel of my car four times,” or “I have a twin.” 

Then make a sheet with one fact from each person and a blank space to enter someone’s name beside this fact. Give everyone in the group a sheet and have them find out whose name goes in each blank.

When they find the right person, they must also learn one other fact about that person. This does not need to be written on the paper, it just encourages conversation. At the end, introduce everyone in the group in the order on the list. Give the person who found all the answers first a prize. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: 10-25 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: This icebreaker event will work best with people who do not yet know one another well. Plan on this icebreaker taking 20 minutes. Consider turning on music so people cannot hear each other’s answers.

21. Jenga questions

Description: Time to enjoy with your youth group. You will need a Jenga game. Cut out small pieces of paper that fit the length of each Jenga block and tape them to each Jenga piece. Then have each group member take a few blocks and write a question on each slip of paper. These questions can vary between light-hearted and deep, but let each person decide what question they want to use. (Examples: How many siblings do you have? If you could see any singer in concert, who would you see? What is your middle name?) Assemble the Jenga game.

Split your small group into two teams and have each person take a turn removing pieces from the Jenga game. Each time a block is moved, the person must answer the question on the slip of paper. Continue playing until one team wins the game. Enjoy this ministry group activity now.

Ideal group size: Up to 20 people.

Ideal age group: Middle school and older | Church Community

Great for: Newly formed groups.

Tips: This game is fun with more people. This activity should take 15-20 minutes. Prompt your group to listen when each person answers the question on their block; otherwise, the game may get loud as people strategize together. It is fun to see the types of questions people write.

C. Virtual Icebreakers for Video Calls


22. Would you rather?

Description: A fun way to keep youth participants engaged in virtual meetings is utilizing the chat feature in your video conferencing software. Ask a “Would You Rather?” question aloud (for example, “Would you rather have two extra fingers or two extra toes?”) and tell participants to type their responses in the chat, along with their reason for why. Any funny or interesting responses? Ask that person to share more! Enjoy this ministry group activity online.

Ideal group size: 10 people or fewer.

Ideal age group: Middle school or older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

23. The three object hunt

Description: Ask all youth participants to spend five minutes running around their home to find objects that represent how they are currently feeling emotionally, spiritually and physically. Once the group has regathered, have each person share their three items. Let them decide how deep they will go. Enjoy this ministry group activity online.

Ideal group size: 10 people or fewer.

Ideal age group: High school or older | Church Community

Great for: Groups that know each other but want to go deeper.

Tips: It’s best to set a timer for five minutes or less to keep the icebreaker within an appropriate time frame.

24. Zoom: whiteboard game – write a poem

Description: Ready to share your poem ideas? On Zoom, use the “share screen” feature and choose “whiteboard.” Tell the group that you will be writing a poem together and ask them to grab the book closest to them. Instruct them to flip to a specific place (for example, page 15, line 3), and then ask them to click on the “annotate” button, at the top under “view options.” The participants will type out that sentence of the book onto the whiteboard. As the host, make sure no one is typing over anyone else. Read the poem aloud, and have the participants share their book titles in the chat. Enjoy this ministry group activity online.

Ideal group size: 5-10 people.

Ideal age group: College students | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: This is a fun way to learn what types of books the participants like to read and enjoy creating a story!

25. Let’s create a word cloud!

Description:  Ready to share your word ideas? If you don’t already have one, create a free account on Come up with an event code to be used by participants. Think of a question (see examples below) and create a poll. The answers to the poll will generate a word cloud. During the meeting, share your screen so everyone can see the word cloud forming. Enjoy this ministry group activity online.

Ideal group size: 10 people or more.

Ideal age group: High school or older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

Tips: Questions could include: “In one word, how would you describe this past week?” “If you could travel anywhere in the world today where would it be?” “What is your favorite ice cream flavor?”

26. Pick a song to share!

Description: Ready to share your ideas? Time to enjoy this online game. At the beginning of the meeting, ask participants to think of a new song they’ve heard recently and type it into the chat. After everyone has put a song in the chat, pull up an animated randomizer like the Wheel of Names and input the song titles. Spin the wheel and see which song the group will listen to. The host will then share their screen to play the chosen song. Enjoy this ministry group activity online.

Ideal group size: 10 people or more.

Ideal age group: High school or older | Church Community

Great for: Any group.

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