Thumbs Up?

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Page Summary

This activity captures a snapshot of opinions before going into a discussion allowing less vocal members of a group to express an opinion without needing to use words.

Good For...

capturing a snapshot of opinion before going into a discussionallowing less vocal members of a group express an opinion without needing to use wordscoming to a group consensus about a particular way forward

You Will Require

  • A set of 3 'thumb cards' for each participant
  • A way of recording the responses


  • Chose a subject/theme for the session (there are suggestions below)
  • Consider what follow up questions you might need to continue a discussion.

What To Do

  • If necessary, explain that each card represents LIKE (thumbs up), DISLIKE (thumbs down), NOT SURE/NEUTRAL (thumbs level)
  • Play a few warm up rounds e.g. 'What do you think of bananas?', 'What do you think of the colour red?'
  • Introduce the main theme with a 'What do you think about...' question
  • Continue the discussion by asking the participants why they responded as they did. What might help to change the way they feel?
  • How would the participants like to let the PCC/activity leaders know what they feel?
  • Reflect - have you learned/ How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Related Questions

What do you think about church?

Do you feel welcome in your church, if YES how, if NO what could be done to make you feel more welcome? >

What makes you feel sad or unhappy about (name of church/group)? >

What do your friends think about God / church?

What do you think about our youth/all-age service?

Is there anything you don’t like about the worship at your church? Do you have any suggestions of how things might be done differently? >