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1. Fact or fiction?

Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about themselves which may
not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not. Taking turns
they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves and the rest of the group votes
which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always
fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other.

2. Interview http://youtu.be/2fqUA9qmeHo
Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take three minutes to interview each
other. Each interviewer has to find 3 interesting facts about their partner. Bring
everyone back to together and ask everyone to present the 3 facts about their
partner to the rest of the group. Watch the time on this one, keep it moving along.

3. My name is?

Go around the group and ask each young person to state his/her name and attach an
adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but also starts with the
same letter of his name e.g. generous Grahame, dynamic Dave. Write them down
and refer to them by this for the rest of the evening.

4. Conversations

Each person is given a sheet of paper with a series of instructions to follow. This is a
good mixing game and conversation starter as each person must speak to everyone else. For example

• Find out who has made the longest journey.
• Who has the most unusual hobby?
• Find the weirdest thing anyone has eaten.
• Who has had the most embarrassing experience?
• Who knows what ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ is a fear of?
Nearest guess wins. If that’s too easy you can try Arachibutyrophobia,
Alektorophobia, Ephebiphobia or Anglophobia. (Answers on last page!)

5. The question web

You need to have a spool of string or wool for this game. Ask the young people to
stand in a circle. Hold on to the end of the string and throw the ball/spool to one of
the young people to catch. They then choose a question from 1-20 to answer. A list
of 20 sample questions is given below. Adapt for your group.
Holding the string they then throw it to another member of the group. Eventually
this creates a web as well as learning some interesting things about each other! At
the end of the game you could comment that we all played a part in creating this
unique web and if one person was gone it would look different.
In the same way it’s important that we all take part to make the group what it is,
unique and special.
1. If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the
future or in history would you visit?
2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
3. If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try and save?
4. If you could talk to any one person now living, who would it be and why?
5. If you HAD to give up one of your senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling,
tasting) which would it be and why?
6. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
7. Do you have a pet? If not, what sort of pet would you like?
8. Name a gift you will never forget?
9. Name one thing you really like about yourself.
10. What’s your favourite thing to do in the summer?
11. Who’s your favourite cartoon character, and why?
12. Does your name have a special meaning and or were you named after
someone special?
13. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
14. If you are at a friend’s or relative’s house for dinner and you find a dead
insect in your salad, what would you do?
15. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?
16. If you had this week over again what would you do differently?
17. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?
18. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
19. If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world today, what would
you like him to change?
20. What book, movie or video have you seen/read recently you would
recommend? Why?

6. Desert Island

Announce, ‘You’ve been exiled to a deserted island for a year. In addition to the
essentials, you may take one piece of music, one book (which is not the Bible) and
one luxury item you can carry with you i.e. not a boat to leave the island! What
would you take and why?’

Allow a few minutes for the young people to draw up their list of three items, before
sharing their choices with the rest of the group. As with most icebreakers and
relationship building activities, it’s good for the group leaders to join in too!

7. If

Ask the group to sit in a circle. Write 20 ‘IF’ questions on cards and place them
(question down) in the middle of the circle. The first person takes a card, reads it out
and gives their answer, comment or explanation. The card is returned to the bottom
of the pile before the next person takes their card.

This is a simple icebreaker to get young people talking and listening to others in the
group. Keep it moving and don’t play for too long. Write your own additional ‘IF’ questions to add to the list

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
2. If I gave you $10,000, what would you spend it on?
3. If you could watch your favourite movie now, what would it be?
4. If you could talk to anyone in the world, who would it be?
5. If you could wish one thing to come true this year, what would it be?
6. If you could live in any period of history, when would it be?
7. If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?
8. If you could be someone else, who would you be?
9. If you could have any question answered, what would it be?
10. If you could watch your favourite TV show now, what would it be?
11. If you could have any kind of pet, what would you have?
12. If you could do your dream job 10 years from now, what would it be?
13. If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be?
14. If you sat down next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about?
15. If money and time was no object, what would you be doing right now?
16. If you had one day to live over again, what day would you pick?
17. If you could eat your favourite food now, what would it be?
18. If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
19. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed
to bring three personal items with you, what would they be?
20. If you could buy a car right now, what would you buy?

8. Name that person

Divide into two teams. Give each person a blank piece of card. Ask them to write five
little known facts about themselves on their card. Include all leaders in this game
too. For example, I have a pet iguana, I was born in Iceland, my favourite food is
spinach, my grandmother is called Doris and my favourite colour is vermillion.

Collect the cards into two team piles. Draw one card from the opposing team pile.
Each team tries to name the person in as few clues as possible. Five points if they get
it on the first clue, then 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. The team with the most points wins. (Note: if
you select the most obscure facts first, it will increase the level of competition and general head scratching)

9. Would you rather..?

Questions may range from silly trivia to more serious content. On the way you might
find out some interesting things about your young people! Place a line of tape down
the centre of the room. Ask the group to straddle the tape.

When asked ‘Would you rather?’ they have to jump to the left or right as indicated
by the leader. Don’t forget to encourage your adult helpers to join in too! I’ve
included 20 starter questions, just add your own and let the fun begin.

Would you rather..?
• Visit the doctor or the dentist?
• Eat broccoli or carrots?
• Watch TV or listen to music?
• Own a lizard or a snake?
• Have a beach holiday or a mountain holiday?
• Be an apple or a banana?
• Be invisible or be able to read minds?
• Be hairy all over or completely bald?
• Be the most popular or the smartest person you know?
• Make headlines for saving somebody’s life or winning a Nobel Prize?
• Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?
• Have permanent diarrhoea or permanent constipation?
• Be handsome/beautiful and dumb or be ugly and really smart?
• Always be cold or always be hot?
• Not hear or not see?
• Eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace?
• Be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like?
• See the future or change the past?
• Be three inches taller or three inches shorter?

10. Masks

You will need crayons or paints, markers, scissors and white card for this activity.
Give each young person a piece of white card. Ask them to draw and cut out a life-
sized shape of a face. They can also cut out eyes and a mouth if they wish. Each
young person is then asked to decorate their card face. One side represents what
they think people see/know/believe about them i.e. on the outside. The other side
represents what they feel about themselves i.e. things going on the inside, what
people do not necessarily know or see.

This is best used in an established group where the young people are comfortable
and at ease with each other. ‘Masks’ is also a good discussion starter on self-image
and self- worth.

Daily Favor Confession By Bill Winston

Prosperity Steps

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 Daily Favor Confession

By Bill Winston

In the Name of Jesus, I decree from this moment forward, I see myself the way God sees me. I am highly favored of the Lord. I am crowned with glory and honor. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am reigning as a King in life through the one man Jesus Christ the Messiah. 

In Jesus’ Name, I declare by faith that I walk in divine favor. I have preferential treatment, supernatural increase, restoration, prominence, petitions granted, laws changed, policies and rules changed and battles won, which I do not have to fight, all because of the blessing and favor of God on my life. 

In Jesus’ Name, every morning when I arise, I will speak and expect divine favor to go before me and surround me as with a shield with goodwill and pleasures forevermore. Doors are now…

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Scriptures for Singles

The World According to Grace

Over the years of being single, I collected some several scriptures that I would read/pray. 

Isaiah 55:11 says that God’s word shall not return void but it shall prosper in the thing for which it is sent (that’s the abbreviated version).  God’s word is as effective for prayer as it is for knowing God.  There are times and seasons in our life when we must remind ourselves and God (not that he forgets) what He said; remind Him of His promises.

Whether married or single, as people we often misunderstand God.  We have a flawed view of Him.  God is not “out to get us”.  He is not waiting for us to make a mistake so He can pitch us into hell.  In general (meaning His overall personality) is not angry.  He is not doing things to you to frustrate you or cause you grief.  Guess what?  Here is some Good News!  God loves you and wants…

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU ICEBREAKERS

1. Fact or fiction?

Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about themselves which may
not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not. Taking turns
they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves and the rest of the group votes
which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always
fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other.

2. Interview

Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take three minutes to interview each
other. Each interviewer has to find 3 interesting facts about their partner. Bring
everyone back to together and ask everyone to present the 3 facts about their
partner to the rest of the group. Watch the time on this one, keep it moving along.

3. My name is?

Go around the group and ask each young person to state his/her name and attach an
adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but also starts with the
same letter of his name e.g. generous Grahame, dynamic Dave. Write them down
and refer to them by this for the rest of the evening.

4. Conversations

Each person is given a sheet of paper with a series of instructions to follow. This is a
good mixing game and conversation starter as each person must speak to everyone else. For example

• Find out who has made the longest journey.
• Who has the most unusual hobby?
• Find the weirdest thing anyone has eaten.
• Who has had the most embarrassing experience?
• Who knows what ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ is a fear of?
Nearest guess wins. If that’s too easy you can try Arachibutyrophobia,
Alektorophobia, Ephebiphobia or Anglophobia. (Answers on last page!)

5. The question web

You need to have a spool of string or wool for this game. Ask the young people to
stand in a circle. Hold on to the end of the string and throw the ball/spool to one of
the young people to catch. They then choose a question from 1-20 to answer. A list
of 20 sample questions is given below. Adapt for your group.
Holding the string they then throw it to another member of the group. Eventually
this creates a web as well as learning some interesting things about each other! At
the end of the game you could comment that we all played a part in creating this
unique web and if one person was gone it would look different.
In the same way it’s important that we all take part to make the group what it is,
unique and special.
1. If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the
future or in history would you visit?
2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
3. If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try and save?
4. If you could talk to any one person now living, who would it be and why?
5. If you HAD to give up one of your senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling,
tasting) which would it be and why?
6. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
7. Do you have a pet? If not, what sort of pet would you like?
8. Name a gift you will never forget?
9. Name one thing you really like about yourself.
10. What’s your favourite thing to do in the summer?
11. Who’s your favourite cartoon character, and why?
12. Does your name have a special meaning and or were you named after
someone special?
13. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
14. If you are at a friend’s or relative’s house for dinner and you find a dead
insect in your salad, what would you do?
15. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?
16. If you had this week over again what would you do differently?
17. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?
18. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
19. If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world today, what would
you like him to change?
20. What book, movie or video have you seen/read recently you would
recommend? Why?

6. Desert Island

Announce, ‘You’ve been exiled to a deserted island for a year. In addition to the
essentials, you may take one piece of music, one book (which is not the Bible) and
one luxury item you can carry with you i.e. not a boat to leave the island! What
would you take and why?’

Allow a few minutes for the young people to draw up their list of three items, before
sharing their choices with the rest of the group. As with most icebreakers and
relationship building activities, it’s good for the group leaders to join in too!

7. If

Ask the group to sit in a circle. Write 20 ‘IF’ questions on cards and place them
(question down) in the middle of the circle. The first person takes a card, reads it out
and gives their answer, comment or explanation. The card is returned to the bottom
of the pile before the next person takes their card.

This is a simple icebreaker to get young people talking and listening to others in the
group. Keep it moving and don’t play for too long. Write your own additional ‘IF’ questions to add to the list

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
2. If I gave you $10,000, what would you spend it on?
3. If you could watch your favourite movie now, what would it be?
4. If you could talk to anyone in the world, who would it be?
5. If you could wish one thing to come true this year, what would it be?
6. If you could live in any period of history, when would it be?
7. If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?
8. If you could be someone else, who would you be?
9. If you could have any question answered, what would it be?
10. If you could watch your favourite TV show now, what would it be?
11. If you could have any kind of pet, what would you have?
12. If you could do your dream job 10 years from now, what would it be?
13. If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be?
14. If you sat down next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about?
15. If money and time was no object, what would you be doing right now?
16. If you had one day to live over again, what day would you pick?
17. If you could eat your favourite food now, what would it be?
18. If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
19. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed
to bring three personal items with you, what would they be?
20. If you could buy a car right now, what would you buy?

8. Name that person

Divide into two teams. Give each person a blank piece of card. Ask them to write five
little known facts about themselves on their card. Include all leaders in this game
too. For example, I have a pet iguana, I was born in Iceland, my favourite food is
spinach, my grandmother is called Doris and my favourite colour is vermillion.

Collect the cards into two team piles. Draw one card from the opposing team pile.
Each team tries to name the person in as few clues as possible. Five points if they get
it on the first clue, then 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. The team with the most points wins. (Note: if
you select the most obscure facts first, it will increase the level of competition and general head scratching)

9. Would you rather..?

Questions may range from silly trivia to more serious content. On the way you might
find out some interesting things about your young people! Place a line of tape down
the centre of the room. Ask the group to straddle the tape.

When asked ‘Would you rather?’ they have to jump to the left or right as indicated
by the leader. Don’t forget to encourage your adult helpers to join in too! I’ve
included 20 starter questions, just add your own and let the fun begin.

Would you rather..?
• Visit the doctor or the dentist?
• Eat broccoli or carrots?
• Watch TV or listen to music?
• Own a lizard or a snake?
• Have a beach holiday or a mountain holiday?
• Be an apple or a banana?
• Be invisible or be able to read minds?
• Be hairy all over or completely bald?
• Be the most popular or the smartest person you know?
• Make headlines for saving somebody’s life or winning a Nobel Prize?
• Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?
• Have permanent diarrhoea or permanent constipation?
• Be handsome/beautiful and dumb or be ugly and really smart?
• Always be cold or always be hot?
• Not hear or not see?
• Eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace?
• Be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like?
• See the future or change the past?
• Be three inches taller or three inches shorter?

10. Masks

You will need crayons or paints, markers, scissors and white card for this activity.
Give each young person a piece of white card. Ask them to draw and cut out a life-
sized shape of a face. They can also cut out eyes and a mouth if they wish. Each
young person is then asked to decorate their card face. One side represents what
they think people see/know/believe about them i.e. on the outside. The other side
represents what they feel about themselves i.e. things going on the inside, what
people do not necessarily know or see.

This is best used in an established group where the young people are comfortable
and at ease with each other. ‘Masks’ is also a good discussion starter on self-image
and self- worth.

Faith

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Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something and putting that loyalty into consistent practice, regardless of extenuating circumstances. It may be applied to a husband or wife who does not engage in sexual relationships outside of the marriage, a customer at a restaurant who regularly dines there, or even to God himself with regard to his perpetual love towards his children that is not dependent on their worthiness. Literally, it is the state of being full of faith in the somewhat archaic sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept.

Its etymology is distantly related to that of fidelity; indeed, in modern electronic devices, a machine with high “fidelity” is considered “faithful” to its source material, whereas a spouse who has sexual relations outside of marriage could equally be considered as being “unfaithful” as having committed “infidelity”.

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Faith

Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something and putting that loyalty into consistent practice, regardless of extenuating circumstances. It may be applied to a husband or wife who does not engage in sexual relationships outside of the marriage, a customer at a restaurant who regularly dines there, or even to God himself with regard to his perpetual love towards his children that is not dependent on their worthiness. Literally, it is the state of being full of faith in the somewhat archaic sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept.

Its etymology is distantly related to that of fidelity; indeed, in modern electronic devices, a machine with high “fidelity” is considered “faithful” to its source material, whereas a spouse who has sexual relations outside of marriage could equally be considered as being “unfaithful” as having committed “infidelity”.