Helping a group prioritise ideas/opinions
You will require
- Flip chart or large (A1) piece of paper
- Post-it notes
- A large sheet of paper for each group
Decide on a topic for discussion (see below for suggestions)
What to do
- Ask the group to call out their immediate thoughts or ideas on the chosen topic.
- Record their responses on the flip chart (preferably shortened)
- Ask the children/young people to choose the nine most important/popular ideas in response to the discussion (assuming there are more than nine ideas/thoughts/opinions!)
- Divide into smaller groups and give each group nine Post-it notes. Ask the group to write one of the ideas on each Post-it (have an adult do this if the group are not proficient writers).
- Ask them to arrange their Post-it notes in a diamond shape with the most important idea/thought/opinion at the top, the next two in the second row, three in the third row, two in the fourth and the lowest priority at the bottom (see illustration).
- Have each group explain why they put the Post-it notes where they have.
- Are there similarities between the groups? Is it possible to create one Diamond?
- Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?
Possible topics for discussion
- What's important about Church?
- What could we do differently for Lent?
- What would do you like about your youth/children’s group?
- What needs to be included in worship?
- How can we reach out to the local community?
- What do you want our new youth worker to be like?
Do it differently
Use this activity to determine the topics a youth group would like to explore in the coming year.