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Fall Scripture Scavenger Hunts for Women’s Ministry

As the autumn season approaches, you might be looking for a creative and engaging activity for your women’s ministry. Why not try a fall scripture scavenger hunt?

Scripture scavenger hunts encourage fellowship and bonding among participants and also provide an opportunity for spiritual growth by connecting with God’s Word.

A scripture scavenger hunt involves a list of verses from the Bible, each accompanied by a clue or riddle that participants must solve to figure out the location of the next verse.

As they solve these clues and uncover hidden verses throughout various autumnal settings, participants will be able to reflect on the wisdom conveyed through these passages.

During your event, you could have ladies participate as individuals or in groups. From experience, I suggest groups as it makes it so much more fun for everyone to work together.

Scripture scavenger hunts offer valuable lessons and insights for the women in your ministry. Participants are inspired to renew their faith and strengthen their connection to one another.

Keep reading for ideas on creating your own fall scripture scavenger hunts and for ready-to-use options as well.

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Getting Started with Fall Scripture Scavenger Hunts

It’s fun to have different scavenger hunt themes for different seasons. As you’re planning an event for your women’s ministry this fall, I’d love for you to consider one of these included in this article.

Before you begin, consider which theme you’ve chosen and the size of your group. You’ll want to select a location that is suitable for the clues and for everyone involved. Your church, a local park, or even a virtual setting can provide the perfect backdrop for this event.

If you want to make your own scavenger hunt, start by choosing a theme that ties in with the season. For example, the beautiful colors of fall, thankfulness, or a harvest celebration can be incorporated into your hunt. These ideas are the focus of the fall scripture scavenger hunts included here.

Next, gather a list of scripture verses that reflect your chosen theme. These verses can be used as clues or challenges throughout the scavenger hunt.

Once you have your theme and verses selected, you’ll need to brainstorm ideas for incorporating them into your scavenger hunt. Consider incorporating activities such as:

  • Photo challenges: Have participants take pictures of items or scenes that represent a specific verse or theme.
  • Riddles: Write riddles based on the scriptures that participants must decode to find the next clue.
  • Crafts: Create crafts inspired by the verses as part of the scavenger hunt activities.

Most of all, make sure to focus on building connections and encouraging meaningful conversations around the chosen scriptures.

Preparation Tips for Scavenger Hunts

To make sure everything runs smoothly for your fall scripture scavenger hunt, follow these tips to create a fun and meaningful activity for everyone.

First, divide the ladies into teams. Try to create a balance in each group, mixing people with different backgrounds, talents, and experiences. This encourages team bonding and ensures everyone can contribute to the tasks.

Provide clear instructions so everyone knows what they are supposed to do. Explain the rules, objectives, and how to complete each task. Make sure participants understand any boundaries or limitations, like areas where they shouldn’t go during the play.

Keep in mind the abilities and comfort levels of the participants when designing these challenges. You want everyone to have fun without feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Prepare all necessary materials before the event. Depending on the tasks you’ve planned, this may include printed scripture passages, maps, pens, paper, and any props needed for specific challenges.

Finally, plan for possible hiccups or issues that may arise during the scavenger hunt. Have backup plans if adverse weather affects outdoor activities, and make sure participants know who to contact in case of any issues or questions.

Done-for You Fall Scripture Scavenger Hunts

Fall is a beautiful time of year to engage your women’s ministry in a scripture scavenger hunt.

I always equate fall and the changing of the leaves as how God changes us. I just love that analogy.

In order to make things easier for you, I’ve put together five unique fall scripture scavenger hunts.

Included here are the instructions and all the clues. You can make your own clue cards if you’d like or, if you want to save time, you’ll also find a link to premade cards for every theme in the Loving Christ Shop.

Trail of the Faithful: A Women’s Journey through Scripture


This one focuses on women of the Bible, their stories, and the teachings we can glean from them.

Instructions:

  1. Participants will receive their first clue and then must find the subsequent clues hidden throughout the retreat area. Clues could be physically hidden, or you could give clues verbally to add a layer of challenge.
  2. Clues will be based on Scripture references. Participants should use their Bibles to solve each clue, which will lead them to the next location.
  3. The final clue will lead to a “treasure” – this could be a special Scripture verse, a small gift, or anything else you think would be meaningful for the participants.
  4. Participants can work individually or in small teams.

Clues:

  1. Clue 1: “Begin your search in the heart of our gathering. Reflect on Hebrews 10:24-25. Where do we encourage one another?” (Answer: In the main meeting room or chapel)
  2. Clue 2: “Now, venture to where we warm our bodies and share tales of old. Think of Acts 2:3-4. Where did the tongues of fire come to rest?” (Answer: By the fireplace or fire pit)
  3. Clue 3: “Embark to the space where nature’s carpet crunches beneath our feet. Meditate on Psalm 96:12. Where do the trees of the forest sing for joy?” (Answer: Under a tree or a bench in a garden)
  4. Clue 4: “Head to where we nourish our bodies and souls. Ponder Proverbs 31:15. Where does one provide food for their family?” (Answer: In the kitchen or dining area)
  5. Clue 5: “Journey to where we lay our heads and dream. Reflect on Psalm 4:8. Where can one lie down in peace?” (Answer: In a bedroom or resting area)
  6. Clue 6: “Seek the spot that marks the passage of time and changing seasons. Contemplate Ecclesiastes 3:1. Where do we notice every activity under the heavens?” (Answer: Near a calendar or an area displaying seasonal decorations)
  7. Clue 7: “Make your way to where wisdom’s words are treasured. Reflect on Proverbs 2:6. From whose mouth does knowledge flow?” (Answer: Near a library, bookshelf, or reading nook)
  8. Clue 8: “Venture to where voices in unity call His name. Ponder Matthew 18:20. Where is He present when two or three gather?” (Answer: In a small prayer room or a designated quiet area)
  9. Clue 9: “Tread to the spot where still waters bring peace. Consider Psalm 23:2-3. Where might one find green pastures and quiet waters?” (Answer: Beside a pond, fountain, or decorated water jug)
  10. Clue 10: “To finish, find where our hearts lift in gratitude and praise. Meditate on Psalm 100:4. Where do we enter with thanksgiving and praise?” (Answer: At the altar or a special prayer corner)

Treasure:

The treasure could be a beautiful piece of scripture artwork or a small token like a piece of jewelry or a book.

Along with the treasure, include a note that says, “As you’ve journeyed through these clues, remember always the path of faith. May your journey with the Lord be filled with discovery, just as today’s hunt was.”

–>>Want to save time? Grab the pre-made cards for this hunt HERE or by clicking the image below. You’ll also receive an end note for you to include with the treasure.

Mockup of Trail Scripture Scavenger Hunt.

Gratitude Quest: Discovering Blessings in Scripture

Instructions:

  1. Each clue will correspond to one of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  2. Clues will be in the form of a verse or series of verses that embody that particular fruit. Participants must then identify the fruit and find the location that best represents it at the retreat.
  3. Participants can work individually or in small teams.

Clues:

Clue 1: “Begin where we gather and give thanks. Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Where are we instructed to give thanks?” (Answer: In the main meeting room or chapel where gratitude is often expressed)

Clue 2: “Venture to where we warm our spirits and share blessings. Meditate on James 1:17. Where do every good gift and every perfect gift come from?” (Answer: By a wall displaying gifts or blessings, possibly a place with a mural or painted depiction of the heavens)

Clue 3: “Travel to where nature reminds us of life’s abundant blessings. Ponder Psalm 65:9. Where does God’s river brim with water?” (Answer: Beside a pond, fountain, or a water feature in the garden)

Clue 4: “Head to the place where our bodies are nourished and our hearts overflow. Think of 1 Corinthians 10:31. Where do we eat and drink for the glory of God?” (Answer: In the kitchen or dining area)

Clue 5: “Seek the haven where we find rest and give thanks for shelter. Contemplate Psalm 4:8. Where can we dwell in safety?” (Answer: In a bedroom or resting area)

Clue 6: “Explore the place where memories are made and cherished. Reflect on Psalm 9:1-2. Where do our hearts tell of God’s wonderful deeds?” (Answer: Near a photo display or a memory board)

Clue 7: “Find where voices harmonize in gratitude. Consider Colossians 3:16. Where do we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs?” (Answer: In a music room, choir area, or a space with musical instruments)

Clue 8: “Discover the space where gratitude becomes action. Ponder 2 Corinthians 9:11. How are we enriched so we can be generous?” (Answer: Near a charity box, outreach board, or a missions corner)

Clue 9: “Look for where we meditate on blessings, both big and small. Reflect on Psalm 103:2. What should our soul never forget?” (Answer: In a meditation or quiet reflection room)

Clue 10: “To conclude, journey to where gratitude culminates in worship. Meditate on Psalm 95:2-3. Where do we come before Him with joyful songs?” (Answer: At the altar or a special prayer corner)


Treasure:

The treasure could be a gratitude journal, encouraging daily reflection on blessings. Alternatively, it could be a beautiful pendant with the word “Gratitude” engraved or a small box of “Gratitude Cards” with uplifting verses.

Along with the treasure, include a note that says, “Through this journey of gratitude, may your heart be continually reminded of God’s endless blessings. Let every day be a treasure hunt as you seek and find reasons to give thanks.”

–>>Want to save time? Grab the pre-made cards for this hunt HERE or by clicking the image below. You’ll also receive an end note for you to include with the treasure.

Mockup of Gratitude Quest Scripture Scavenger Hunt.

Nature’s Testament: A Fall Scripture Exploration

Instructions:

  1. Each clue will correspond to one of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  2. Clues will be in the form of a verse or series of verses that embody that particular fruit. Participants must then identify the fruit and find the location that best represents it at the retreat.
  3. Participants can work individually or in small teams.

Clues:

Clue 1: “Begin where we gather and give thanks. Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Where are we instructed to give thanks?” (Answer: In the main meeting room or chapel where gratitude is often expressed)

Clue 2: “Venture to where we warm our spirits and share blessings. Meditate on James 1:17. Where do every good gift and every perfect gift come from?” (Answer: By a wall displaying gifts or blessings, possibly a place with a mural or painted depiction of the heavens)

Clue 3: “Travel to where nature reminds us of life’s abundant blessings. Ponder Psalm 65:9. Where does God’s river brim with water?” (Answer: Beside a pond, fountain, or a water feature in the garden)

Clue 4: “Head to the place where our bodies are nourished and our hearts overflow. Think of 1 Corinthians 10:31. Where do we eat and drink for the glory of God?” (Answer: In the kitchen or dining area)

Clue 5: “Seek the haven where we find rest and give thanks for shelter. Contemplate Psalm 4:8. Where can we dwell in safety?” (Answer: In a bedroom or resting area)

Clue 6: “Explore the place where memories are made and cherished. Reflect on Psalm 9:1-2. Where do our hearts tell of God’s wonderful deeds?” (Answer: Near a photo display or a memory board)

Clue 7: “Find where voices harmonize in gratitude. Consider Colossians 3:16. Where do we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs?” (Answer: In a music room, choir area, or a space with musical instruments)

Clue 8: “Discover the space where gratitude becomes action. Ponder 2 Corinthians 9:11. How are we enriched so we can be generous?” (Answer: Near a charity box, outreach board, or a missions corner)

Clue 9: “Look for where we meditate on blessings, both big and small. Reflect on Psalm 103:2. What should our soul never forget?” (Answer: In a meditation or quiet reflection room)

Clue 10: “To conclude, journey to where gratitude culminates in worship. Meditate on Psalm 95:2-3. Where do we come before Him with joyful songs?” (Answer: At the altar or a special prayer corner)


Treasure:

The treasure could be a gratitude journal, encouraging daily reflection on blessings. Alternatively, it could be a beautiful pendant with the word “Gratitude” engraved or a small box of “Gratitude Cards” with uplifting verses.

Along with the treasure, include a note that says, “As you’ve wandered through the wonders of fall, may you be ever reminded of God’s intricate design in every season. Let His creation inspire awe and gratitude in your heart each day.”

–>>Want to save time? Grab the pre-made cards for this hunt HERE or by clicking on the image below. You’ll also receive an end note for you to include with the treasure.

Mockup of Nature's Testament Scripture Scavenger Hunt.

Thankful Threads: Weaving Scripture into Gratitude

Instructions:

  1. Each clue will correspond to one of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  2. Clues will be in the form of a verse or series of verses that embody that particular fruit. Participants must then identify the fruit and find the location that best represents it at the retreat.
  3. Participants can work individually or in small teams.

Clues:

Clue 1: “Begin where voices rise in unified gratitude. Reflect on Ephesians 5:19-20. How do we address one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs?” (Answer: In the choir area, music room, or a place where singing is prominent)

Clue 2: “Proceed to where we break bread and remember our blessings. Meditate on 1 Timothy 4:4-5. What is made holy through the word of God and prayer?” (Answer: At a dining table, kitchen, or communion table)

Clue 3: “Journey to the place where gratitude overflows in liquid form. Ponder Psalm 23:5. What overflows in the presence of our enemies?” (Answer: Beside a water feature, like a fountain or a filled cup/chalice display)

Clue 4: “Find the haven where rest and gratitude intertwine. Reflect on Colossians 3:15. In what should our hearts be encouraged?” (Answer: In a bedroom, restful nook, or meditation area)

Clue 5: “Travel to where blessings are recorded and cherished. Consider Psalm 9:1-2. With what should we give thanks to the Lord?” (Answer: Near a gratitude journal display, bulletin board, or wall of testimonies)

Clue 6: “Seek the spot where hands lift high in thanksgiving. Ponder 1 Timothy 2:8. How should men lift up their hands?” (Answer: In a prayer room, altar, or a space dedicated for worship)

Clue 7: “Uncover the place where nature’s gifts are displayed. Meditate on Psalm 136:1. Why do we give thanks to the Lord?” (Answer: In a garden, conservatory, or near a display of plants/flowers)

Clue 8: “Trek to where gratitude turns into shared abundance. Think of 2 Corinthians 9:11. Why are we enriched in every way?” (Answer: Near a donation box, outreach desk, or missions corner)

Clue 9: “Navigate to where stories of grateful hearts unfold. Reflect on Psalm 107:1. Who should give thanks to the Lord?” (Answer: Near a storytelling circle, library, or a reading nook with testimonial books)

Clue 10: “To conclude, find where gratitude is sealed and sent forth. Ponder Philemon 1:4. When does Paul always thank his God?” (Answer: Near a mailbox, letter-writing station, or prayer request box)


Treasure:

The treasure could be a “Thankful Heart” pendant or a small booklet titled “365 Days of Thankfulness” with a daily gratitude prompt. Another idea is a beautifully crafted thank-you card set.

Along with the treasure, include a note that says, “As you’ve delved into the depths of thankfulness, may your heart resonate with gratitude each day. Remember, a thankful heart is a magnet for miracles.”

–>>Want to save time? Grab the pre-made cards for this hunt HERE or by clicking the image below. You’ll also receive an end note for you to include with the treasure.

Mockup of Thankful Threads Scripture Scavenger Hunt.

Harvest Hymns: A Scripture Adventure of Autumnal Abundance

Instructions:

  1. Each clue will correspond to one of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  2. Clues will be in the form of a verse or series of verses that embody that particular fruit. Participants must then identify the fruit and find the location that best represents it at the retreat.
  3. Participants can work individually or in small teams.

Clues:

Clue 1: “Start where seeds are sown and hope begins. Reflect on Mark 4:8. What did the good soil produce?” (Answer: In a garden bed or a place where seeds are stored/displayed)

Clue 2: “Travel to where the season’s colors blend beautifully. Contemplate Proverbs 31:16. What does the virtuous woman consider and buy?” (Answer: Near a vineyard, grape arbor, or a wine-themed display)

Clue 3: “Head to the place where the grain is ground. Ponder John 12:24. What must die to produce many seeds?” (Answer: Near a millstone, grain display, or a bread-making station)

Clue 4: “Seek out the location where harvest tools rest. Meditate on Matthew 9:38. Who should be asked to send out workers?” (Answer: In a tool shed or a display of harvest equipment)

Clue 5: “Venture to the space where nature’s sweetness is stored. Reflect on Psalm 19:10. What is sweeter than honey?” (Answer: Near a honeybee hive, honey display, or a spot with honey jars)

Clue 6: “Find the spot where fruits of patience hang. Consider James 5:7. For what does the farmer wait?” (Answer: By an apple tree, orchard, or any fruit-bearing tree typical of fall harvest)

Clue 7: “Journey to where autumn’s liquid gold is preserved. Think of Deuteronomy 33:28. Under what does Jacob live?” (Answer: Near an olive tree or a display of olive oil)

Clue 8: “Discover the place that captures the essence of fall. Meditate on Ruth 1:22. When did Naomi and Ruth arrive in Bethlehem?” (Answer: By a cornucopia or a display of gathered barley or wheat)

Clue 9: “Step into the haven where the season’s aroma fills the air. Ponder Song of Solomon 2:5. What sustains and revives the beloved?” (Answer: In a kitchen or an area where seasonal pies or treats are being baked)

Clue 10: “Conclude at the gathering place of thanksgiving. Reflect on Leviticus 23:39. When do the Israelites celebrate and rejoice?” (Answer: At a dining table set for a harvest feast or a designated celebration area)


Treasure:

The treasure could be a small woven basket filled with assorted fall treats: dried fruits, nuts, and a decorative mini-pumpkin. Alternatively, it could be a jar of homemade harvest jam or a beautifully crafted fall-themed bookmark.

Along with the treasure, include a note that says, “As you’ve explored the bounties of the harvest season, may you always remember the Giver of every good gift. Let your heart be filled with gratitude as the earth yields its increase.”

–>>Want to save time? Grab the pre-made cards for this hunt HERE or by clicking the image below. You’ll also receive an end note for you to include with the treasure.

Mockup of Trail Scripture Scavenger Hunt.

Scavenger Hunts for Different Seasons

Scripture scavenger hunts can be adapted to many themes such as summer, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

For a summer-themed scavenger hunt, you could create clues that relate to scriptures about the beauty of creation, growth, and warmth.

For a Valentine’s Day-themed scavenger hunt, choose scriptures about love, relationships, and God’s love for us. This activity can remind your group about the depth of God’s love and the importance of expressing love to others.

Finally, an Easter scavenger hunt could center around the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of new life. Select scriptures that teach about sacrifice, redemption, and hope, providing an engaging and spiritually fulfilling experience.

Pictures and Final Thoughts

If you lead one of these scavenger hunts, I’d love to see pictures. Please consider letting me know and sharing a picture or two (or three).

Fall is such a beautiful time for fellowship and spiritual growth. A scripture scavenger hunt can add a fun twist to your ministry events. As you plan, keep in mind the purpose of helping the ladies connect with each other and with God’s Word in meaningful ways.

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