You will require
- Flip chart or paper with a question written at the top
- Coloured felt-tip pens
- Egg timer
Divide the group into smaller groups or pairs. Give each group a coloured pen and a piece of paper with a subject or question at the top, for example:
- What is the best thing about our youth / children’s group?
- What is not so good about our youth / children’s group?
- What can we do so that more people come to our youth / children’s group
- What sort of activities can we do next term at our youth / children's group
- How can we link our youth / children’s group more with the church?
- How can we share the good things that we do in our group with the church?
Give the groups the length of the egg timer to write as many comments down on their sheet that relate to the question at the top. Next move the sheet on to the next group in turn. Continue until all groups have had their say on each question.
Then start again, but this time each group must agree on their three favourite comments by putting ticks next to them.
This should give an indicator of what the children / young people think of the group and some suggestions of what might improve things. You might want to highlight or prioritise any common threads that the groups agrees on. You can also discuss how they might want to implement any actions.
Display the final sheets. Allow time to discuss the results and to explain their thinking. Pick out key points to share with the PCC or other stakeholders.