The idea behind this is to simply get everyone to be involved at the beginning of your time together. This can take a number of forms but is often a simple exercise or each person answering a question in turn.
If using a game, make sure everyone can participate and is enabled to communicate with the rest of the group.
For example you might put several household items on a tray and ask everyone to take one, and then ask each person to say why they chose the one they did.
If you are using a question, choose one that suits the stage the group is at:
If the group has not been together long then you need something that is not too penetrating, will be straight forward for people to answer and not alienate them. In these early stages of the group’s life use questions that encourage personal history to be shared. This shared history builds community.
For example you might ask what did you most enjoy as a child and why? Or where did you live between the ages of 7 and 10 years old? It is surprising what you discover about each other as you go round the group and answer these simple questions.
This level of question should just move the group on a little and encourage a slightly deeper level of sharing.
For example when did you last do something for the first time and what was it?
As the group becomes established, you can ask deeper questions involving faith in God or other areas of a more intimate nature. Here are some good ones for this stage: What area of your life is God speaking to you about at the moment?
It is often helpful to choose a question that connects with the theme or passage that the group will be looking at in the word section. If your focus is on trust, you may want to ask a question about when you had to put your trust in someone or in God?