10 Super Fun & Easy Icebreakers For Church Small Groups

When leading a small group, I’m very intentional about building a sense of community and belonging.

And these church small group icebreakers will help with that.

If there are new people in the group these’ll help them relax and open up and give an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a little more.

I’ve deliberately chosen church small group icebreakers that are perfect for indoors.

And in most cases, you don’t need to prepare anything, because if you’re anything like me then it’s group time, you’ve been busy all day and you need something quick and easy.

You might also want to check outΒ Top 10 Church Youth Group Games & Activity Ideas

So whether it’s a silly game or a simple open-ended question to get people to open up, here are my top 10 church small-group icebreakers.

10 Church Small Group Icebreakers

1. The M&M’s Game
2. Lucky Penny
3. 1 Good Thing, 1 Challenging Thing
4. The String Game
5. 2 Truths & A Lie
6. Murder Mystery
7. I Went To Market And I Bought…
8. How-Wow-Pow-Chow
9. Name Impulse Game
10. Great Icebreaker Questions

1. The M&M’s Game

I like this game because as with all the icebreaker ideas in this list, there’s really not much to prepare; all you need is a pack of M&M’s and a set of questions.

Start by getting everyone to grab 3 or 4 different coloured M&M’s from the pack.

Each colour will have a question associated with it, it’s completely up to you what these questions are, but here are a few ideas:

m&m ice breaker game ideas

Have someone pick a colour and go around the group answering the question for that colour. If someone doesn’t have that particular colour, don’t worry just skip over that person. Once they’ve answered they can eat the M&M!

Keep going until all the M&M’s have been digested. Now everyone knows a little more about each other and the ice is well and truly broken. πŸ™‚

2. Lucky Penny

A simple but interesting game. Either have your penny jar handy or ask everyone to grab a coin from their pocket and look at the date.

Now go round the group one by one and ask everyone to tell you something interesting that happened to them in that year.

Easy as that!

3. 1 Good Thing, 1 Challenging Thing

Go around each person in the group and ask them to share 1 good thing and 1 challenging thing that’s happened to them in the last 7 days.

Again, really simple, but this has to be one of my all-time favourites because it’s a great way to find out what’s happening in the lives of your group members since you last met.

As people open up about their week, openness and trust are built within the group. 

I use this almost every week in our youth group Bible study. People applaud the good things (celebrating successes together) and you’ll get a good sense of how you can pray for them whether in your own time or within the small group.

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4. The String Game

This game is especially good for young people, but it depends on your group. It’s a lot of fun and we normally have people laughing in hysterics πŸ˜‚

Split into two teams and give each team a ball of string. The challenge is to get a piece of string through every team member’s clothing.

The first person starts putting the string through their t-shirt and trousers (have people just put it through their tops if you prefer) before passing it on to the next person and so on.

The team who does this the fastest wins!

If you want to take a bit more time, go back and have the string pass through the opposite direction.

I took this game a step further one day in the park. After the teams were “strung” together we have a race to see which team were the fastest!

The moral of the game?

Well, you could use this as an object lesson about how Christ is the single thread that unites us, but honestly, for me, it’s just a whole lot of fun!

5. 2 Truths & A Lie

I’m gonna guess you’ve heard of this one but it’s one of my all-time favourites.

Sit in a circle and ask each person in turn to tell a truth and a lie about themselves. Then ask everyone else to vote on which one they think is the truth.

You’ll end up hearing some pretty elaborate and unbelievable stories and finding out things you never knew about each other before.

6. Murder Mystery

Cops and robbers, killer and detective, this icebreaker goes by many names but the basic concept is always the same:

You pick a person to be the detective and send them out of the room while you choose another to be the killer before inviting the detective back into the room.

Sitting in a circle, the aim of the killer is to kill off as many people as possible whilst remaining undetected.

The rule is he/she can only kill a team member by looking them in the eye and winking, and members must die if the killer winks at them.

It’s the detective’s job to find the perpetrator before everyone in the team dies.

To make the game quicker, have the killer win after 3 deaths if he’s not been caught.

I love the suspicion and suspense of this game and you can do as many rounds as you like depending on how much time you have.

7. I Went To Market And I Bought…

Choose a person in the group to start with the phrase:

“I went to market and I bought…”

It can be whatever they like.

Suppose the first person said “A shark”, the next person will say “I went to the market and I bought a shark… and a chocolate bar.”

Each person adds their own item to the end of the list. You could easily end up with people having to remember 15 to 20 items with the game getting progressively more difficult as you go.

Can’t remember an item?

You’re out!

Keep going until there’s only 1 man standing.

There are so many variations to this game depending on how strict you want to be. For example, you might say the items have to be in alphabetical order or can only be fruit or vegetables.

You could also set a 5 or 10-second time limit for people struggling to remember what someone bought to make the game shorter.

8. How-Wow-Pow-Chow

Similar to “What happened in the last 7 days?” icebreaker, this is a great way to start your church small group with an easy conversation starter.

Go around each person in turn and ask them “How, Wow, Pow, Chow?”:

How: How are you doing right now?

Wow: Share a wow moment from last week

Pow: Share a challenging thing that happened last week.

Chow: What was the best thing you ate last week?

9. Name Impulse Game

This fun game is especially useful if you have lots of first-time attendees or a new group who doesn’t know each other that well yet.

With this icebreaker, you only have to remember your own name. Easy right?

The aim of the game is to get everyone to say their name as soon as possible after the person on their right.

Explain to your group it’s a time challenge, choose a starting person and say “Go!”

You can switch it up by going in the opposite direction and trying to improve on your fastest time.

10. Great Icebreaker Questions

One of the best ways I find to start a small church group is just to ask a simple question because it gets everyone talking, involved and sharing about themselves and getting to know each other.

Here are a few sample questions you could start with:

  • When was the last time you did something for the first time?
  • Tell a story about your best friend from childhood
  • If you could meet any character from the Bible and ask them anything, who would it be, what would you ask them and why?
  • If you had a day with no obligations, what would you do?
  • If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why?
  • What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

“Would you rather…” questions are always good too.

For example, “Would you rather have the ability to run at 100 miles per hour or the ability to fly at 10 miles per hour?”

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There you have it! The top 10 church small group icebreakers I use on a regular basis. I hope you’ve found one you can use for your next group.

What good games or icebreakers do you use in your group?

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8 thoughts on “10 Super Fun & Easy Icebreakers For Church Small Groups”

  1. I like the string-’em-together game. Will give it a go!

    For an indoor or outdoor fun game, have a few (clean) large items of clothing in a two laundry baskets behind a line. Two teams line up against each basket and behind their line (a few yards away).

    At the signal the first two players race to the laundry baskets, quickly don all the articles of clothing and then removing it all, and they run back to the next person in line who puts on/takes off all the articles clothing in the basket and etc. First team to finish it all win.

    Another approach is to have panty hose in the basket and they must get them pulled up to their waist (over their clothing of course) before taking them off and racing back to Start to tag the next person. Naturally the hose are shredded very quickly but as long as the waist band is pulled all the way up to their middle is good enough.

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