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Icebreakers, Valentine's February 4, 2014

Valentine Icebreaker: Heart to Heart (Free Printable)

Valentine Icebreaker: Heart to Heart

Have you ever made a “heart to heart” connection? You know, when you meet someone and you instantly bond over usually trivial things.

This Valentine Icebreaker, Heart to Heart, helps to make those connections between the people in your group.

Participants quickly discover who else loves Hershey kisses, who enjoys reading romance novels, and even who doesn’t like to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Heart to Heart is a quick, fun icebreaker that will connect the women in your Bible study, Women’s Ministry Team or at your Valentine Fellowship.

Heart to Heart

Group size: 8 or more

Time needed: Approx. 15 minutes (larger groups will likely need more time)

Supplies: One copy of  Heart to Heart game (click to download free PDF) per person; 1 pen/pencil per person; clock/timer.

Instructions: Distribute one handout (face down if possible) to each person in the room. On “go” instruct them to collect one signature per line.

  • For groups of 8-15 allow for no more than 3 signatures of the same person per sheet.
  • For groups of 15-40 allow for no more than 2 signatures of the same person per sheet.
  • For groups of  40+ only allow no more than 1 signature of the same person per sheet.

Game ends at a designated time (i.e. 10 minutes) OR when the first person has completely (and correctly) filled their paper.

Sample Questions:

Find someone in the room who can say they :

  1. Prefer chocolate over flowers for Valentine’s Day
  2. Like to eat conversation hearts
  3. Have plans to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day

Winner: The first person to correctly collect all needed signatures OR the person with the most signatures when time is called.

Notes: This game is great for bonding group members that may not know each other very well. Seemingly random information can offer points of connection. Make sure your group has name tags on. Expect your group to get loud. Limiting the number of signatures a person can put on another’s paper forces them to interact with more people.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You may also want to check out:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Free Printable Valentine Verses
Valentine Icebreaker Questions

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Valentine's January 28, 2014

Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)

 Valentine Icebeaker Questions

I love a good set of icebreaker questions!

These Valentine Icebreaker Questions are perfect for:

  • Women’s Ministry Team Meeting
  • Women’s Ministry Fellowship
  • Bible Study Group
  • Small Group
  • College Group
  • Valentine Breakfast
  • Sweetheart Banquet
  • Valentine Party

Print and cut them out (click the link below for the free PDF) and place them in a Valentine-themed bag or bowl.

Valentine Icebreaker Questions

Have each participant to draw one slip to answer. In a smaller group setting you may wish to have everyone answer the same 3-5 questions.

However you choose to use them, the goal is to get the group to share and connect with each other.

Sometimes the silliest answers will provide a great point of connection for two people who didn’t know they had that common bond.

Sometimes questions trigger a sad or difficult memory. Other times questinos just draw a blank. I like to give the option of drawing one new question to help folks through the stumbling blocks.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your group has fun with the questions and gets to know one another better!

You may also want to check out:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Free Printable Valentine Verses


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Decorating Ideas, Free Printables, Verses January 24, 2014

Free Printable Valentine Verses

3 Free Sets of Printable Valentine Verses

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

Perhaps you’re searching for a quick double-duty decoration door prize (use it as décor and then give it away at the end of the event) for a Sweetheart Banquet or Women’s Ministry Event.

Maybe you’d like to give out “happies” to your Women’s Ministry team next month.

I’ve created 3 different sets of Valentine 4×6 printables featuring Colossians 3:1 (Above all love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins.) and 1 Peter 4:8 (And over all these virtues put on love which binds them together in perfect unity.).

Choose between a trendy chevron, pretty pink, and red heart backgrounds. Use just one or use them all.

Stick them in a frame.

Place them in a lunch box.

Slide them inside a Valentine card.

Hang them on a mirror or a dashboard.

Whatever you choose to do, celebrate the day with scripture.

Click to download the 2 chevron 4x6s

Click to download the 2 pink heart 4x6s

Click to download the 2 red hearts 4x6s

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You may also like:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet

10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets

Not-so Newlywed Game Script

10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas

The Great Valentine Candy Pass

Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)

 

Valentine Events January 17, 2014

10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets

10 Things I've Learned About Sweetheart Banquets

Ah, sweetheart banquets….

Over the years I had the opportunity to help plan a few Sweetheart Banquets at our church.

Our women’s minstry team would partner with the men’s ministry, but honestly the women did almost all of the planning. We’d divy out a few tasks to the guys.

We had some big hits and a few misses. I hope this list will help as you plan your sweetheart banquet.

Here are 10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets

  1. Romantic favors are a bad idea
  2. You can run out of food
  3. Tablecloths take forever to be ironed especially the day of
  4. Italian food is always a great choice as long as a vegetarian option is included
  5. It really is okay to have salads, dressing, and breadsticks on the table as folks enter
  6. No one wants to be “lectured” as they celebrate Valentine’s Day – opt for fun and funny
  7. Increase your budget for decorations and flowers as roses are going to be more expensive than any other time of year
  8. You’re going to have to really sell a Valentine’s event – most folks would rather have a romantic dinner out by themselves than come to church
  9. Men should not be sent to plate the food for their wives as they will scoop generously – see #2.
  10. Candles and mirrors create great inexpensive ambiance (purchase mirror tiles at the home improvement store to save money)

And, yes, we really did run out of some of the food. The worst part was one of our Pastor’s got one of the plates that was lacking. We learned to serve the staff first!

Be sure to check out:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
Free Printable Valentine Verses
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)


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Valentine's January 14, 2014

The Great Valentine Candy Pass

The Great Valentine Candy Pass

In need of a quick Valentine’s Day icebreaker?

The Great Valentine Candy Pass is a quick and easy icebreaker.

It’s perfect for a smaller group, but easily adaptable to large groups.

The Great Valentine Candy Pass

Supplies: 2-4 wrapped, hard candies (such as mints) per person; bag(s) or bowl(s) for each group to contain candies; printed list of questions

Participants needed: Group of at least 6; multiple groups seated at separate tables or in a circle will also work well.

Directions: Have group (or groups) sit or stand in a circle within easy reach. Ask each participant to take 2 mints (you could increase this to 3 or 4, but they all need to take the same number). Tell them that you will be asking the group questions. If their answer to the question is “yes”, they need to pass one piece of candy to the person on their right.

Winner: The person with the greatest numbers of candies wins (bragging rights or a small prize).  Let them eat their sweets when finished.

Notes: Big bags of mints can be purchased inexpensively at warehouse stores such as Sam’s Club. Be careful not to use something that could melt! Use the ”printer button” at the bottom of the post to easily print off the questions.

Winner: The person with the greatest numbers of candies wins (bragging rights or a small prize).  Let them eat their sweets when finished.

Questions:

1. Have you ever gotten a gift from a secret admirer?

2. Do you give out Valentine cards to your friends?

3. Do you like to eat red hots?

4. Do you like to watch romantic movies?

5. Do you like the color red?

6. Have you ever been to a Valentine dance?

7. Have you ever given flowers to someone?

8. Have you ever received flowers?

9. Do you like to eat conversation hearts?

10. Are you a hopeless romantic?

11. Do you look forward to Valentine’s Day?

12. Do you keep items of sentimental value?

13. Are you nails painted pink or red?

14. Do you know the words to “Going to the Chapel”?

15. Have you ever watched the movie Sleepless in Seattle or An Affair to Remember?

16. Do you think diamonds are a girls best friend?

17. Will you be going out to eat for a special meal on Valentine’s Day?

18. Have you ever gotten a heart-shaped box of candy?

19. Do you like red roses?

20. Have you passed your candy to the right yet?

To print out the questions above select the printer icon below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You may also want to check out:
5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Free Printable Valentine Verses
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)

Other icebreakers you might enjoy:
Women’s Ministry Bingo
Marooned
Pass the Package

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Valentine Events January 10, 2014

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet

Through a great amoutn of trial and error our Women’s Ministry Team discovered these 5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet.

I hope they’ll help you with your planning!

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet

1. Affordable.

Keep in mind that many of the couples you are targeting are on a tight budget. Make certain your event is affordable for all – including the cost of childcare.

2. Childcare

Childcare for all ages should be offered. Not everyone is comfortable with leaving older children home alone. Take advantage of the situation and put older kids to work as helpers in each room. The cost of childcare needs to be minimal and I suggest setting a limit for larger families – i.e. $5 for each child, $20 for 4 or more children.

3. Food

I cannot stress enough that you need to be certain to order or prepare plenty of food. We roasted our own vegetables one year and did a terrible job of taking into account the shrinkage that would occur. We ran out before everyone was served. Keep in mind that people will take more at a buffet than if the food was served plated.

4. Youth (College and High School Students)

Utilize your Youth to serve the food, refill beverages, and assist with childcare. Often Youth Pastors are happy to lend a hand in exchange for a donation to help with their summer mission trip. If the donation will be based off tips from the evening, make sure that is communicated in your event information.

5. Favors

Provide a favor for all of the women in attendance. Flowers, framed Bible verses, chocolate, etc. I once attended a “valentine event” at church that gave out “romance kits” as the favorite. It was super awkward!! Please don’t do anything too romantic.

What else would you consider “key” for a Sweetheart Banquet?

Looking for additional help in planning your Valentine’s event?

Be sure to check out:
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Free Printable Valentine Verses
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)


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Valentine Events January 7, 2014

Not-so Newlywed Game Script

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and your church may be hosting a Valentine’s Banquet or Couples Dinner this year.

Looking for a creative, fun way to entertain your guests for the evening? I’ve got you covered!

Remember the Newlywed Game and the crazy questions contestants answered? This game is a twist on that once popular show. We take married couples (Not-so Newlywed), divide them up, and try to get them to match their spouses answers to questions about their marriage.

Our attendees got a big kick out of seeing some of the well-known couples from our church up on the stage. We were impressed by the answers that matched and shared many laughs over those that didn’t.

Our evening began with an Italian dinner catered from a local restaurant. Dinner was followed by the “show” and a couple shared a devotional to end the evening. To be honest, the devotional wasn’t really needed. The “show” can stand on its own as your program for the event.

I’ve revised the script we created for our church a few years ago.

Click The Notso Newlywed Script to open the free PDF.

Please feel free to edit it as needed for your audience.

A few suggestions:

  1. Recruit your couples in advance. Assure them that the questions will be rated G.
  2. Select a host that can appropriately adlib and have fun with the role.
  3. Give your host the script in advance. Do not give the questions or the script to your couples.
  4. If you choose to change up the questions – please keep them rated G – not only will your pastor be pleased, but you won’t risk alienating members of your own church. If there’s any doubt, err on the side of caution.
  5. Cover the cost of the evening for the participating couples and host. A little thank you gift is always a good idea too.

Please let me know if you host your own Not-so Newlywed Game. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

If you’ve done something similar – please share your ideas too!

You may also want to check out:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Free Printable Valentine Verses
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)

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Valentine Events January 3, 2014

10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas

10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas

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Many churches host Sweetheart Banquets or Couples Dinners in February.

Often times the event planning falls to the Women’s Ministry team.

With annual events it’s easy to get into a rut planning the same thing year after year.

Freshen up your event with one of 10 sweetheart banquet ideas below:

  1. Host a staged edition of the Not So Newlywed Game
  2. Invite a couple from church to share a short devotional/inspirational message
  3. Seek out a speaker with a message on marriage (many authors are available if your budget allows)
  4. Host dinner and a movie (Fireproof or Courageous would be great to show)
  5. Enlist your youth to host a dinner theater
  6. Serve a catered dinner and provide childcare
  7. Show a comedy DVD (I recommend Kevin Davis – save female comedians for all-women events)
  8. Enlist a couple or two to perform a comedy skit
  9. Get some women/guys to sing (or lip-sync) some classic love songs wearing  crazy (or not) costumes
  10. Play a matching game with wedding photos of the couples in attendance

What other ideas do you have for a Sweetheart Banquet?

You may also want to check out:

5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Free Printable Valentine Verses
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Valentine Icebreaker Questions (Free Printable)


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