HOW TO USE STORY CARDS IN GROUPS?
Click HERE to view a video on how to use Story Cards in a group setting. If used in a small group setting, one pack of Story Cards is recommended per group.
How do you get a group of people to start talking? How do you get them to start being real? Story Cards are an exciting way to encourage people to share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You'll be surprised by how Story Cards draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.
A pack of Story Cards contains 45 photographs depicting a variety of emotions, thoughts, and experiences, plus an instruction card to help you use the cards effectively. Just spread the cards out on a table, and ask your community group members to select images based on a series of questions included in each pack.
You will be surprised by how Story Cards draw your community group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.
USING STORY CARDS WHEN YOUR GROUP ISNT NEW
You may already have a pack of Story Cards that you were either given at GroupLink or a leader development event or that you bought from Connections. If so, you probably think of them as a tool to use when your group is brand new. It’s true they’re a great way to get people to begin to connect with one another.
But Story Cards are just as effective when used as an icebreaker in well-established groups. Here’s all you have to do:
Spread the Story Cards out in the middle of the room so people can see them when they first walk in.
Ask each person to pick a card that captures his or her response to one of the questions that follows.
Go around the room and have everyone share why they picked the card they did.
Here are some options you can use for group members that already know one another:
Pick a card that represents your week so far.
Pick a card that represents how you feel about this time of year.
Pick a card that captures your current level of stress in life.
Pick a card that reminds you of childhood.
Pick a card that reminds you of your first date with your spouse (for Married Groups).
Pick a card that represents one of your favorite vacations.
Pick a card that reminds you of a person that helped shape you spiritually.
Pick a card that represents an event that helped shape you spiritually.
Pick a card that reminds you of one of the most difficult seasons of your life.
Pick a card that remind you of one of the best seasons of your life.
Pick a card that represents a goal you have achieved.
Pick a card that represents a goal you still want to achieve.
Feel free to be creative. Ask questions that will help people connect with their own stories and with one another.
What are Story Cards?
People are visual creatures. That’s why Story Cards are a unique tool to use in a group setting. The pictures evoke emotions, making it easier for group members to express themselves as they share about their lives and spiritual journeys. The Story Cards are an effective tool for getting past surface-level responses in a conversational setting.
How do I use Story Cards in my group?
Spread the cards out on a flat surface so people can easily see the images. Choose one or more questions for you and your group members to answer. Here are some sample questions or you can create your own:
Choose and image that describes your life right now. What does the image represent about your life?
Choose an image that represents a desire you have for your life. What does the image represent?
Choose an image that describes God. What does the image say to you about God?
Choose an image that describes your spiritual journey so far. What does that image represent?
Choose an image that represents what you wish were true about your spiritual journey. What does the image represent?
People in the circle may not know one another or feel comfortable sharing. For those who are not comfortable doing so, offer the option to simply hold up a card and not elaborate. Feel free to use the Story Cards at various times during a group’s life cycle. You’ll be surprised at the power of images to draw people into deeper reflection and conversation.