Icebreaker Games for Church Groups

When bringing a group of strangers together, icebreaker games are helpful in getting everyone relaxed so they can enjoy their time together.

But even with a group already familiar with each other, icebreakers are useful for injecting positive energy and getting everyone ready for the meeting. This is especially important if you are facilitating learning, since people are most receptive and learn best when they feel comfortable with those around them.
Here are some of our favorite icebreaker games. Regardless of your group size, profile of participants and purpose of meeting, we believe you will find something that suits your needs!

In this group story-telling game, players take turns to continue the story one sentence at a time. But players must include a randomly drawn emoji in their sentence. Be prepared for many silly twists and turns as everyone tries to creatively weave in the various surprising emojis! Use this game to introduce a lesson about What is the Bible.
Give each player a handful of random colored M&M’s. Players must go around and exchange them with each other to get all M&M’s of the same color. Use this game as an icebreaker or to introduce a lesson on the handling of conflicts and disagreements.
Do you enjoy guessing games? Our free printable Bible 20 Questions Cards feature 24 popular Bible stories, 24 Bible characters, as well as a “Things” category to make the game more enjoyable for players less familiar with the Bible. You can also play this game without the cards and have players think of other Bible Stories, People, Places or Things.
Teams must quickly line up according to specific criteria given. For example in order of shoe size, with the smallest shoe size in front and the largest shoe size at the back. A great game to help players get to know each other and to teach about salvation and the kingdom of heaven.
Players try to identify the Bible character they have been assigned by asking yes or no questions. Great for all ages and for both small and large groups. This game can also be used to introduce a lesson on our identity in Jesus Christ.
Players take turns to share three statements about themselves and everyone else tries to guess which two statements are true and which is a lie. This no-prep ice-breaker game is ideal for adults and youths. You can also use this game to teach about false teachings or about honesty.
This large group Rock-Paper-Scissors battle is a fun (and slightly chaotic) Christian icebreaker game for church that can also be used to teach unity and servant leadership.  
Cross a pretend river using pieces of paper as stepping stones. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Jesus and Peter walking on water, to teach that God will help us in times of trouble, or as a teambuilding game.

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