Games for a Church Social

Bring church members together with games.

As you plan your church social, think about the church members and how to make the event memorable. Aside from the food and ambiance, you want to keep attendees entertained. With some intriguing games, you can bring out the joy church members and also refresh their memories on religious topics.

1 Bible Line-up

Allow your attendees to rack their brains as they try to figure out the chronology of the Bible in this game from Party 411. Before the game, write down sections of the Bible, such as Genesis or Ecclesiastes, on separate index cards, making two sets for each card. To begin, gather all of the players in a large outdoor area. Hand each of the players a prepared index card and then divide the players into two teams. The players all attach their index cards to their shirts using safety pins. When you say "Go," the teams have to line themselves up in chronological order according to the cards on each member's shirt. After a group thinks they have the correct order, they signal a leader to check their chronology. The first team ordered correctly wins the game.

2 Biblical Charades

Get the church members acting out popular scenes from the Bible by playing charades as suggested by the website Picnic Recipes and Games. Before the game, write on slips of paper the names of stories from the Bible, such as David and Goliath or Jonah and the Whale. After you have written enough so that each player receives at least one, place all of the papers into a bowl. Gather the players in a common area and pick one player to start the game by first selecting a charade from the bowl. He has to act out the story from beginning to end without speaking. The players all try and guess the charade. The first person to guess a charade wins a point. After the players have performed all the charades, the player with the most points wins the game.

3 Laugh-in

A perfect icebreaker to bring a bit of joy in everyone, this game begins by gathering the players into a standing circle. Tell everyone to remain as solemn and joyless as possible throughout the game. Pick one player to start by sounding the word, "Ha." The person to her left has to say the words "Ha Ha." This pattern continues with every new player adding another "Ha" as the game continues. Though the game prohibits laughter and signs of joy, players likely will find it hard to contain their giggles. Disqualify any players who end up laughing. The game ends when only one person remains in the circle.

Gerri Blanc began her professional writing career in 2007 and has collaborated in the research and writing of the book "The Fairy Shrimp Chronicles," published in 2009. Blanc holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature and culture from the University of California, Merced.