- Conducting a discussion
- Allowing quieter group members have their say
You will require
- A pack of matchsticks or equivalent
- Container to collect them in
- Decide on your discussion topic there are suggestions below
What to do
- Give each child/young person 6 matchsticks.
- Explain that each time they speak in the discussion, they put a matchstick into the container. Everyone must use at least two matchsticks. When you run out of matchsticks, you cannot say anything else.
- Introduce the discussion topic.
- When the discussion has finished, give everyone one more matchstick. This is so that they what they thought the most important thing was that they heard.
- Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?
Suggestions for discussion
- What should we fundraise for?
- What ought to happen at (the new group/club) we are starting?
- What do you think about the church services you go to?
- What sort of person should be our next Vicar?
- What would make our church more welcoming?
Do it differently
- Allow one of the matchsticks to be placed in the container to show agreement rather than having to say something.
- Use an egg timer to limit the length of contributions.