1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
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After Saturday lunch at a weekend retreat, many of the ladies get sleepy and are ready to rest. We can’t let that happen…yet! Early afternoon is packed with praise and worship and then tons of breakout session options including ziplining, rock wall climbing, and braving the Leap of Faith.
Because we wanted the ladies up and moving and laughing, we opted to start our afternoon session with a very, um, active icebreaker called Scripture Balloons.
Use the Print Friendly button at the end of the post to print out the directions and don’t miss the free printable list of scriptures for you to use, too.
Balloon Scriptures Icebreaker Supplies:
- One inflated balloon for each participant. I used these – Bright Color Latex Balloons 12 Inch 100pcs (Random Color)
- Scriptures typed out on slips of paper
- Enough string for about 2 feet per balloon. I used this simple kite string.
What you need to prepare:
Inflate one balloon for each participant. Fold and place one scripture inside each balloon. These scriptures should focus on God’s promises. You’ll find a list of the ones I used at the end of the post, but feel free to use any you want.
Each lady should tie their balloon with string to one of their ankles. On ‘Go’, they should try to pop each other’s balloons while protecting their own and trying to keep it from being popped. If they fail to protect their own and it is popped, they should pick up their folded scripture and have a seat.
The last one with an inflated balloon is the winner. You can offer a door prize or an extra ticket to door prizes.
Have each lady read her scripture out loud, and remind them that Satan frequently tries to ‘pop our balloons’ and make us forget God’s promises. What we must remember is that even when our balloons are popped, God’s promises are still there.
This icebreaker is hysterically funny and fun for all ages.
Here are a couple of pictures from the last retreat. I was laughing so hard, I didn’t get many/any good ones!
Be sure and offer “prizes” for participating and for the winners. We’ve offered the actual prize after an activity or extra tickets to go in a bucket for door prizes later.
These items always make popular door prizes at our events:
Some Suggested Scriptures (or click here to open a PDF you can print and cut into strips):
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” delcares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 1:33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
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