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Speed Dating

DURATION: 20-60 minutes
GROUP SIZE: 4-100+
MATERIALS: paper
AGE GROUP: all ages

Printout

This is a great activity for retreats or any large group setting.  Give everyone a piece of paper with 4-8 blank numbered appointment slots (download form above).  Give your group time, either during a meal time or free time, to make appointments with people they do not know very well (leaders and pastors are included).  

Set up the room with pairs of chairs are facing each other scattered around the room.  Then tell everyone to find their first appointment and sit down with them.  Encourage deep and meaningful conversations and maybe you can give them some starter questions.  Start your timer (5-8 minutes) play some soft soft background music and watch the sharing begun!  When time is up, have everyone say goodbye and find their next appointment.  (Repeat for all the rounds)

Tips: We usually have an area we call the "singles bar" where all the people who could not find an appointment partner for that round will gather and be paired up.

 

 

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One on One Relationship Building

DURATION: 10-20 minutes
GROUP SIZE: 2+
MATERIALS: paper
AGE GROUP: all ages

This is a great activity for building relational depth within your group.  May people go to church for years and never get past "how was your week?".  This enables people to cut through the small talk and get to the deep stuff in a short amount of time. I have used this with youth groups, college groups and adults. This is an activity you can repeat over several weeks to give people a chance to get to know different people in the group.


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