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  • Name someone famous who is a Christian. What interests you about their life?

  • Of all the school assignments you’ve completed so far this year, which one are you most proud of?

  • If you had been with the disciples on Easter morning, would you have found it hard to believe that Jesus had come back to life?

  • Outside of our immediate family, which of our relatives do you feel closest to?

  • If a friend asked you, Why do you believe in Jesus?, what would you tell them?

  • This Christmas, what gift or blessing could we give our pastor, to let him know how much we appreciate him and his family?

  • If you were Adam or Eve, do you think Satan could have convinced you to eat the forbidden fruit? How else might Satan have tempted you to disobey God?

  • Would you like to be on a reality TV show? Which one? Do you have an idea for a new reality TV show?

  • Should we feel bad that we live in comfort when others don’t?

  • Have you ever been lost? Tell what happened.

  • When you're feeling frustrated, what helps you to calm down?

  • Do we ever use our mobile phones in ways that seem rude to you or that make you feel unimportant?

  • Why does it matter whether or not Jesus rose from the dead?

  • Have you ever been falsely accused? (Continue with a discussion of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, if you wish.)

  • What does the Bible mean when it says we should fear God?

  • What surprises you most about Jesus?

  • What's the biggest thing you are trusting God for right now?

  • What's your latest, greatest, favourite worship song?

  • How do you like people to show that they love you or appreciate you?

  • Name one special family activity you’d like to do in the remaining days of summer vacation.

  • How can we do better as a family at praying for one another?

  • God’s Word talks about handling failure well. Can you recall some of the things it says about that? (For starters, see Hebrews 10:36.)

  • Do you sometimes find yourself daydreaming when you’re supposed to be paying attention? Is it hard for you to stop daydreaming? What kinds of things do you daydream about?

  • What does hope mean? How does God give us hope? How do we pass it on to others?

  • What do you like best about going to our church?

  • What would you like your best friend to be able to say about you four years from now?

  • What does it mean to have a calling from God? Does every Christian have a calling?

  • Can complaining sometimes be helpful? How does complaining affect others?

  • How did you help someone today, and how did someone help you?

  • Have you had an answer to prayer lately? Tell what happened.

  • How many names for Jesus can you think of (e.g. Good Shepherd, Light of the World, King of Kings, Bridegroom)? Which is your favourite and why?

  • If you had the power (like Cinderella's fairy godmother), what wish would you make come true for someone in our family other than yourself?

  • What would be a nice way to tell someone you noticed them doing something wrong?

  • Do you know why Mum / Dad decided to follow Christ? Would you like to hear the details?

  • Suppose you have no one to play with at school. What could you say or do to start a friendship?

  • Isaiah 64:8 says we are the clay and God is the potter. What do you think that means? How does God want to re-shape you today?

  • If you were asked to design a new theme park ride for Disneyland, what would your ride be like?

  • If you could travel back in time to give your "earlier" self some advice, what would you tell yourself?

  • What thought inspires you to be generous?

  • Do you think one person can make a difference in the world?

  • What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do that is hard, or that you haven't ever done before?

  • Do you find it hard to apologise? Why do you think it's so hard/easy?

  • Can you speak with a fake foreign accent? Let's try it!

  • What do you want to be like when you grow up? How do you hope people will describe you?

  • What's the nicest "I love you" moment you can recall from this week?

  • What is the funniest word you've ever heard?

  • When you are tempted to do something you know is wrong, what helps you stand strong and not do it?

  • Would you have liked to spend 40 days and nights in the ark with Noah's family and the animals? How would you have passed the time?

  • What day of this past year would you like to live all over again?

  • We shouldn't judge people by appearances. Does that mean we don't need to pay attention to our own appearance?

  • When you are worried or afraid, what thought helps you to calm down?

  • How do you like to wind down at the end of the day or reward yourself after working hard?

  • Do you think that the things you see and the things you think about eventually influence how you behave? Why or why not?

  • Pretend you were asked to create a new annual celebration that marked a special Biblical event. What would you celebrate, and how would you celebrate it?

  • What are your three greatest strengths?

  • If your friend asked you "How do I become a Christian?" what would you tell them?

  • If you could own one of the biggest and best collections in the world, what would you like to collect?

  • Does faith grow all on its own, or is it something you have to work at? How can you increase your faith?

  • Let's pretend you joined the circus and were offered any job you wanted! Which job would you choose?

  • When you are talking to someone, how do you know they are really listening? What should you do if you suspect they aren't listening?

  • What's the best gift you've ever given someone? What made it such a great gift?

  • What do you think parents often misunderstand about kids today?

  • If you had to give up something, what would you have the hardest time giving up?

  • Who do you most enjoy having to play at our house? What good manners make you a guest others love to invite over?

  • What could you do tomorrow as a special "love offering" to God?

  • What's a good way to respond when someone compliments you?

  • What's a good way to respond when someone criticises you?

  • How do you know your parents love you? How do they show it?

  • What thought lifts your spirit when you feel discouraged?

  • What's the best thing about being a kid/tween/teen?

  • What does integrity mean? Why is it important?

  • Which Bible passage often brings you close to tears?

  • What is honour? Can you think of an example of someone acting honourably?

  • Name a costume or an item of clothing you'd love to have a chance to wear.

  • What do you like to daydream about?

  • What's your favourite summer memory?

  • What important life lesson have you learned the hard way?

  • If you could make your own movie, what would it be about? Where would you set it?

  • What are the most important elements to include in a sincere apology?

  • If I gave you a "thank you" card right now, who would you send it to? Why?

  • If someone is mean to you or treats you unfairly, how would you respond?

  • Why is it important not to give up on something just because it's hard to do?

  • Why do you think it’s important that we remember Jesus’ birthday each year?

  • What are some ways our family can show generosity to others?

  • If you could set up a reading nook or homework corner anywhere in the house, where would it be and how would you make it comfortable?

  • If you could be a teacher, what subject would you teach and how would you make learning fun?

  • What are your favourite ways to relax and unwind?

  • What special qualities does it take to be a good dad?

  • Is there anything you’re afraid to try or do, and if so, what are your fears?

  • If you could be a missionary anywhere in the world, which country would you choose, and why?

  • What does it mean to be a “new creation in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17)?

  • What qualities does a person need to be a good friend?

  • What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

  • What’s your favourite part of the Christmas story?

  • Where should Mum and Dad go for their next date?

  • What’s the most hilarious dream you’ve ever had?

  • If you wanted to talk to a friend about Jesus, how would you start?

  • How do you define successful?

  • What’s the most interesting website you’ve visited this week?

  • Can you guess how Mum and Dad first met?

  • What matters to you the most when you’re at school?

  • If you could be a character from a book, who would you be and why?

  • What is your favourite part about the Easter story?

  • What would you like to go back and change about today?

  • What do you hope to do or learn this year?

  • How would you help a friend who needs encouragement?

  • What's the most important thing people need to know about God?

  • What does it mean to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

  • What’s your favourite thing about back-to-school time?

  • In what way do you think you are most like Jesus?

  • If you could have any wild animal in the world as a pet, which animal would you choose, and why?

  • What are you looking forward to most during summer vacation?

  • What’s your favourite book and why do you like it?

  • What are some ways you can help unpopular or “different” kids in your class feel accepted?

  • How do you think Jesus wants us to honour and celebrate Easter?

  • What's the first thing you would do if you were elected Prime Minister of Australia?

  • If you could be a superhero, what kind of power would you have?

  • If you could be an explorer for National Geographic, what area of the world would you most like to explore?

  • If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?

  • If you were given one chance to travel back in time, what event would you like to see?

  • What is one question you are looking forward to asking God?

  • If you could invent one thing to make life easier for people, what would you invent?

  • When you grow up and have children, what will your kids like most about their uncles and aunts (i.e. your brothers and sisters)?

  • If you could plan the kids' menu for a restaurant, what dishes would you serve?

  • What is one thing you prayed about today?

  • If your friend was ill and confined to bed, name three things you could do to brighten their day.

  • If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?

  • If you were asked to organise a field trip for your class, where would you take them?

  • What are some meaningful ways to show love to others?

  • If you had a time-machine, would you go to the future or the past; and why?

  • What do you like most about Christmas?

  • What are your dreams for the future?

  • Can you think of some fun ways to bless others - like your teacher, our pastor or our neighbours?

  • What do you think Jesus was like as a little boy?

  • What's your favourite holiday and why?

  • If you were to write a book, what kind of story would it be?

  • What's the best way to spend a rainy day?

  • How do you think we could become closer as a family?

  • Why do you think God loves us so much?

  • If you could celebrate your birthday in any way you like, what would you do?

  • What's the best compliment you've ever received?

  • How do you think God wants us to respond to difficult people?

  • What's your favourite thing about fall?

  • What are you looking forward to most about this school year?

  • Who are your heroes?

  • What do you think is the best way to make friends?

  • What kinds of things do you daydream about?

  • If you could be someone else for one day, who would you be?

  • What’s your biggest challenge at school?

  • What’s your best family memory?

  • Who is the funniest person you know?

  • What would you like to be better at?

  • What gifts or talents do you think God has given you?

  • What’s your favourite thing about Grandma and/or Grandpa?

  • What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

  • Has God been teaching you anything new lately?

  • If you could learn a new skill or talent, what would it be?

  • Do you want to have a family of your own someday? Why or why not?

  • What do you think it would have been like to be one of Jesus’ disciples?

  • What’s the best dream you’ve ever had?

  • Is there anyone at school or church that you look up to or want to be like? If so, why?

  • Why do you think God created families?

  • Who is your best friend and what makes him or her so special?

  • What do you think your biggest fear is?

  • What’s your favourite Bible story, and what do you like best about it?

  • What other countries in the world would you like to visit someday?

  • Is there anybody at your school who’s new or seems to be left out a lot?

  • What do you think an angel does all day?

  • What’s your favourite hobby or interest?

  • If you could fly, where would you go and what would you want to see?

  • What do you like best about our family, and how can we make our family even better?

  • What was the best part of your day today?

  • What would you say to God if He were sitting here at dinner with us?

  • What are your favourite and least favourite subjects at school?

  • What do you want to be or do when you grow up?

  • What do you think are good ways to talk to your friends about Jesus?

  • Who’s your favourite teacher at school, and what do you like best about him/her?

  • What’s your funniest joke or story?

  • What are you learning in Sunday school or youth group?

  • What’s your favourite family tradition?

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