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6 Games to Help Kids Make Friends in Your Ministry

Kids’ relationships need tools, effort, and time to build. It can be challenging for your kids to build lasting friendships, though, when they may only see each other for one hour a week. But it’s relationships, especially the well-constructed ones, that draw kids to your ministry and ultimately help them experience the most important relationship of all — their relationship with Jesus.

So why not make kids’ relationships the foundation in the solid, lasting structure of your ministry? Friendships are the true nuts and bolts of what shores up your ministry. These six great ideas — all from children’s ministers just like you — give kids a blueprint to build lasting, solid relationships with other kids at your church.

Speed Friends

This speedy experience lets kids quickly learn more about the kids in their class.

Best for: Ages 9 to 12

Tools: Chairs, a white board, erasable markers

Blueprints: Form two circles with chairs — an inner circle facing out and an outer circle facing the center. The chairs should be facing each other in pairs. Have kids each choose a chair. On “go,” kids have three minutes to ask each other the following questions (write them on the board first):

• What’s your best subject in school? your worst?

• If you could be a professional athlete, what sport would you choose?

• If you could choose anyone, who would you spend an entire day with this weekend? Why?

Every three minutes have the inner circle move clockwise and the outer circle move counterclockwise. Kids start over with a new partner and the same questions in this friendship- building game.

Gordon and Becki
West Mesa, Arizona

6 thoughts on “6 Games to Help Kids Make Friends in Your Ministry

  1. Susan Trumblay

    Great ideas – However Sadly they won’t work with my Sunday School Class. You assume there are a LOT of kids, when you post these ideas. But I live in a poor country town – less than 6,000. I have at most 4 kids in my class – that is if everyone is there! I have an 8 yr. old w/dyslexia and ADHD, one 10 yr. old with ADHD, and a 12 yr. old and a 13 y. old – both SUPER smart – one has Asberger’s. I need help in reaching all of them and I need HELP!!
    The the 13 yr. old girl w/Asberger’s, is my adopted child (her parent’s were homeless and had many mental issues); the other 3 (boys) started coming on their own w/no parents. They live behind the church. They are spiritually hungry and I am trying to keept hem connected to church, but I REALLY need help.
    I feed breakfast, which is a way to feed their tummies, so they can concentrate on the spiritual food. But I am begging for help in ways to keep them spiritually fed, and hungry for more! Any ideas?

    Susan in Marlin, Texas

    • Hi Susan we are a mininistry in South Africa helping to build capacity of Children’s mininstry Leaders. You are welcome to look at our site

      The main thing is relationship with this presious children in you group. We have a online course teaching you how to start entering their world. You have each week an assigment with the kidz and then an online mentor who you can ask ? to. Our students witness that they are grounded now in CM because they understand the “Why” behind their ministries WITH children.

  2. I use for my class from ages 4-10 All of us do the same story and then there are things for all diff ages to color or make or puzzles….

  3. Hi, i’m a sunday school advisor in our church here at Philippines. I really find the ideas here very interesting and nice. May i ask if i can have the restaurant clue sheets for the game Fast Food Frenzy? The “click here to download the clue sheet” doesn’t work anymore. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Hooks

      Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for your comment and for making us aware this link isn’t working. We’re working to find the clue sheet and will upload it and let you know as soon as we do. Thanks for reading!

      • Jennifer Hooks

        Hi Hannah, Our team has searched and been unable to find the original clue list for restaurants. We’re correcting the article to reflect that and offering ideas for how to create your own list. However, you might find some fun, general “scavenger hunt” ideas for items to search for here: Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out!

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