I’m a big pinterester. Love love love love love it. I get recipes from pinterest, home decor ideas, household tips, fashion advice, running motivation, and, yes, even ministry ideas.
This week as I was trying to think of a creative way to get discussion going in an upcoming small group for high school girls I decided to see what Pinterest had to offer. Of course, before typing anything in the search bar I had to scroll through my page just to see what new pins had shown up. (It’s mandatory, right?) That’s when it hit me.
Just look through Pinterest. As an activity. So often when I’m scrolling through I see a quote or a picture and think, “That’s so true…” or sometimes the opposite, “WHAT???” Either way, what better conversation starter is there than an entire field of images, quotes, and ideas that either resonate or really, really don’t?
So here’s the plan –
Have group members bring up Pinterest on their phone (may want to hit up the girls first, even though it’s totally okay and possible for a teenage guy to have Pinterest on his phone). If no one has it, just bring it up on a computer. Chances are, someone in your group uses it or has at least scrolled through it once or twice. If people have it on their phone, ask them to find a pin that is really meaningful to them and to share it with the group. Then, talk about it. Why is it meaningful? What does it say? Agree, disagree? You know, basic conversation stuff. If you’ve just got it on one computer (or iPad, or tablet) then have someone scroll and pick something. Take turns picking pins to talk about.
You can pick a quote and talk about it. You can pick a picture of an exotic location and talk about it. Pick a picture of a “dream house” and talk about it. (If you’re dealing with a group of girls, PLEASE talk about those fake/future wedding pins and the difference between a wedding and a marriage – and the importance of preparing for your marriage, not your wedding.) Talk about the fashion. Talk about the food.
There are literally hundreds and thousands of things to choose from. Millions.
I don’t know about you, but I transform from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde at the slightest sign of technological difficulties. Chances are, there are some people in your group who might know a few people who react similarly… like themselves. So.
- Do you agree? Disagree?
- What do we learn about someone when we see them angry and know what they’re angry about?
- What do we think people learn about us when we’re the angry ones?
- How do you handle your anger?
- What’s the difference between handling anger in a healthy way or letting it become destructive?
- And so on… So many possibilities.
So get to pinning, then get to talking!