Dotty Voting

Page Summary

This activity includes using coloured dots to vote on a chosen subject.

Good For...

  • Identifying how something might change
  • Deciding what might be needed for a project/new role
  • Helping a group listen to each other's opinions/ideas and come to a concensus

You Will Require

  • Flip chart/large sheets of paper
  • 3 sheets of A5 paper per group
  • Pens
  • Sticky dots in various colours or shapes

What To Do

  • Together with the group, introduce a general discussion on the chosen subject (see below for suggestions).
  • Record all the responses on flip chart paper.
  • Divide into smaller groups and give each group 3 sheets of A5 paper.
  • Ask each group to agree their top three thoughts/ideas which came from the discussion. Write one on each sheet of paper.
  • Display all the sheets of paper, merging similar responses and duplications. Allow a little time for discussion/questions/clarification.
  • Give each child/young person three coloured dots.
  • Invite the children/young people to walk around the room and vote for their top three ideas using the sticky dots.
  • Identify the cards which represent the top three thoughts/ideas.
  • Have the children/young people prepare a way of presenting their thoughts/ideas to the PCC/church leaders/other stakeholders
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Related Questions

Why do you go to church? >

What does “church” mean to you?

What's the best thing about church? >

What's the worst thing about church? >

What might stop you going to church? >

How could you be involved in church? >

Why do you think people go to church?

How do you feel when you are at church? >

What do you think God thinks about your church?

If you could turn your church into the perfect church, what would it look like? Use words and pictures. >

How are children / young people shown God’s love in your church?

Are there any issues/concerns/difficult bits in the communities that you are a part of?

What difference could the Church make in the communities you are a part of? >

What can you do to make a difference to the communities you are a part of?

What does your school do for your community?

How do you think your group could connect more with your local community? >

How would you change Collective Worship/assembly? >

Is worship important to you, if YES why, if NO why not? >

Would you like to be involved in a worship service, if YES how? >

What would a worship service look like if children / young people were in charge? >

How could adults, children and young people do more together during a worship service?

How would people worship God in your dream church?

How does your church’s worship help you come close to God? >

Do you have Collective Worship/assembly at your school? What happens in it?

Does Collective Worship/assembly make a difference in your school and your life?

What is your group like? >

Who is your group aimed at? >

What do you do at your group? >

Why do you go to your group? >

What does your group mean to you? >

How is your group different to the school?

Does anything need to change in your group? >

Is your group special place for you, and why?

What do you find most difficult about your group?

What makes you feel a part of your group?

How can your group leaders help children/young people when they move from one age group to another?

Do you feel welcome in your group, if so how? >

What do you like about your church building?

Is there anything you don’t like about your church building?

What would the perfect church building be like, use words or drawings?

How do you feel about the youth/children’s worker leaving and a new youth/children’s worker coming

What do you think our new youth/children’s worker could do? >

What do you think a youth / children’s worker does in their role?

Do It Differently

Bring adults and younger people together. Have a short talk to introduce the topic (eg why we are thinking about our church building; building links with our local school), then follow as above.