Pick a Card

You will require 

  • A set of playing cards (suggestion 12—15 cards) with a question on each (you could recycle an old set of playing cards and stick an overlay on the front with a question on it) 
  • A timer 
  • Paper and a pen 


Explain that you are going to use the cards to provoke discussions about: 


  • Church 
  • Their youth / children’s group 
  • Worship 
  • The way the church reaches out to the local community 

This activity works for large, small, mixed gender or same sex groups. 

Invite the group to sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and hold them out in a fan shape (questions facing down). Then invite one of the children / young people to pick any card. When they have chosen the card, ask them to read the question to the group and allow a set time (using a timer) to discuss the question. Repeat this activity with a different person picking a card each time until all of the cards have been picked and all of the questions have been asked. The timer adds anticipation to the activity. 

Example of questions about church: 

  • Why do you go to your youth / children’s group? 
  • What is your youth / children’s group like? 
  • What do you like doing most at your youth / children’s group? 
  • Is there anything at your youth / children’s group that you don’t like doing? 
  • If you could change one thing at your youth / children’s group, what would it be? 
  • What three words would you use to explain your youth / children’s group to someone who has never been before? (this can be answered individually or as a group) 

During this activity, ask another leader to write down the children’s / young people’s suggestions . At the end of the activity recap on what the children / young people have said and invite them to identify a few suggestions that can be taken forward. These can then be fed back to the PCC and other stakeholders.

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