Using Story Cards When Your Group Isn’t New
How do you get a group of people to start talking and start being real?
We’ve developed Story Cards as a way to help people share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You’ll be surprised how using photographs as a storytelling tool can draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.
You may already have a pack of Story Cards that you were either given at GroupLink or a leader development event or that you bought from Connections. If so, you probably think of them as a tool to use when your group is brand new. It’s true they’re a great way to get people to begin to connect with one another.
But Story Cards are just as effective when used as an icebreaker in well-established groups. Here’s all you have to do:
- Spread the Story Cards out in the middle of the room so people can see them when they first walk in.
- Ask each person to pick a card that captures their response to one of the questions that follows.
- Go around the room and have everyone share why they picked the card they did.
Here are some options you can use for group members that already know one another:
- Pick a card that represents your week so far.
- Pick a card that represents how you feel about this time of year.
- Pick a card that captures your current level of stress in life.
- Pick a card that reminds you of childhood.
- Pick a card that reminds you of your first date with your spouse (for Married Groups).
- Pick a card that represents one of your favorite vacations.
- Pick a card that reminds you of a person that helped shape you spiritually.
- Pick a card that represents an event that helped shape you spiritually.
- Pick a card that reminds you of one of the most difficult seasons of your life.
- Pick a card that remind you of one of the best seasons of your life.
- Pick a card that represents a goal you have achieved.
- Pick a card that represents a goal you still want to achieve.
Feel free to be creative. Ask questions that will help people connect with their own stories and with one another.