Pick a Card

Page Summary

This activity includes a set of playing cards with a question on each to provoke discussions amongst a group.

Good For...

This activity works for large, small, mixed gender or same sex groups.

You Will Require

  • A set of playing cards (suggestion 12—15 cards) with a question on each (you could recycle an old set of playing cards and stick an overlay on the front with a question on it)
  • A timer
  • Paper and a pen

What To Do

Explain that you are going to use the cards to provoke discussions about:


  • Church
  • Their youth / children’s group
  • Worship
  • The way the church reaches out to the local community

Invite the group to sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and hold them out in a fan shape (questions facing down). Then invite one of the children / young people to pick any card. When they have chosen the card, ask them to read the question to the group and allow a set time (using a timer) to discuss the question. Repeat this activity with a different person picking a card each time until all of the cards have been picked and all of the questions have been asked. The timer adds anticipation to the activity.

During this activity, ask another leader to write down the children’s / young people’s suggestions . At the end of the activity recap on what the children / young people have said and invite them to identify a few suggestions that can be taken forward. These can then be fed back to the PCC and other stakeholders.

Related Questions

Why do you go to church? >

Why do you go to your group? >

What is your (theme/activity/church/group) like? >

What things do you like to do at your group? >

What things do you not like doing at your group? >

What would you change about church / your children’s group? >

What three words would you use to describe your (theme/event/church/group) to someone who has never been before?