Post-Trip Devotions



o Chairs set up in a circle

o SONG: “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles – ready to play on your phone, plus lyrics printed or to project

o New flavor of Pop Tarts, or Oreos, or M & M’s for snack



Everybody needs to take a seat in the circle. Remove one chair and set it to the side (if you have 12 people in your group, the circle should have 11 chairs).

One volunteer will begin standing in the middle of the circle.

Who wants to be the first to stand in the middle? (wait for volunteer)

This game is simple, and fun…and active. So be gentle with each other.

The person in the middle will say a statement that begins, “Change your seat if…” and then complete the statement with something that may or may not be true for people in the circle. For example, “Change your seat if…you have at least one sibling” or “Change your seat if … you are wearing socks.”

After the statement, you MUST get up and find a new seat if the statement is true for you. You cannot get up and return to your same seat. You MUST change to a new chair.

The person in the middle will also try to get a seat as the big shuffle happens. After each round, one person will be without a seat, and they become the middle person who makes the next statement.

Play however long you want…there’s no real winner in the game. It’s just super fun.

Ready to play? (after the game is over, bring the extra chair back in so that everyone can have the discussion in the circle together)


ASK: What was your strategy during the game? Was it fun to be the person in the middle? Explain.

SAY: That game was all about making changes. In fact, the game is only fun when it is time to change.

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this devotion time today: change. You probably changed in more than one way at workcamp. Maybe you got stronger physically. Or maybe you experienced something new and your world feels bigger than it did before. Maybe you learned new skills. There are so many ways we can change on a mission trip.


ASK: Let’s go around the circle and each share one way we changed during our workcamp trip.


SAY: Let’s look at some Scripture. First, let’s look back at the theme verse from Workcamp 2024 –

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 2:12

SAY: We all get stuck in the ways we think and behave. We have our routines and without realizing it, those routines can limit us. That’s one of the great things about going to Workcamp. You spend a week in a new place with new people. Your days are filled with non-routine. That change of scenery can be enough to shake you out of your old ways. As the Scripture says, you can be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

ASK: How was your mind renewed during our mission trip experience? It could have been at camp…or on the road trip. It could have been during an evening program, or at a gas station stop along the road. It could have been during a conversation, or during a prayer. It could have been a brand-new idea, or a new look at an old one. (Take time to share)

SAY: Let’s take a new look at something you’ve probably heard before.

1 John 4:8 says this:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is love. Knowing God means knowing love … and knowing love is knowing God.

Let’s think about that for a minute. We’re going to listen to the song “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles (hand out lyrics or project them if possible)


Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done (love)
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung (love)
Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game (love)
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made (love)
No one you can save that can’t be saved (love)
Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time (love)
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Now change it up – this time we will listen (and maybe sing along?) and substitute the word “God” for the word “love.” Maybe you will see the song in a whole new way. You may even see God in a new way.


SAY: Change can be good…or not, right? Some snack foods keep coming up with new variations. Oreos keep reinventing themselves – mint, lemon, red velvet, peanut butter pie, golden, strawberry frosted donut, Lady Gaga flavor(?). It’s crazy! Have you shopped for Pop Tarts lately? Apple Jacks flavor, strawberry milkshake, s’mores, snickerdoodle, pumpkin pie.

We’re going to embrace change today – even with our snack.

So, I brought ___________________________. As you explore this new taste sensation, I want to encourage you to think about a few things this week:

· How much are you stuck in your ways of thinking and behaving?

· Do you think that change is generally a good thing? Explain.

· What is one new experience you could try this week?


SAY: Let’s close in prayer.

Loving of renewal and change, thank you for giving us opportunities to learn and grow. Help us to break free of routines that prevent us from seeing all of the greatness of your creation. Give us hearts that love bigger as we know more about your people. Amen




o Whiteboard and markers for Pictionary and prepared clues

o Snack – Goldfish, the snack that smiles back

o Video – “Are You Okay?”

o Scripture - Ephesians 4:32


SAY: We are going to play a round of Positive Pictionary. Who would like to draw first? (play as many rounds as you wish – here are some clues to get you started – if you add more words, make sure they’re all positive)

Friend, Happy, Workcamp, Love, Gift, Crew, Peace, Hug, Laugh, Care Cards, Family, Prayer, Breakmaker, Bible, Home, Build


ASK: Thanks for playing.

Our theme at camp was “Influencer.” We looked at how we can have a real impact on our world when we worry less about trying to fit some worldly image of what it means to be a success. When we put God first – when we put love and kindness first, that is when we can transform our minds and in turn, transform our world. Take a look at this video.

VIDEO: Video “Are You Okay?”



SAY: What did you think about the video?

How do the two main characters experience a renewing of their minds?

What do you think is the message of the video?


SAY: Let’s look at our Bible passage. Who would like to read Ephesians 4:32


32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


· How far are you willing to go in order to be kind – what’s your limit?

· How are kindness and forgiveness the same, and how are they different?

· Is there anything that is unforgiveable? Explain.

SAY: Imagine that everybody in your school stopped being unkind. Imagine everybody in your life stopped being unkind. Always kind. To everybody. In all circumstances. How would that change our world?

Do you believe that kindness can be contagious? Explain.


SAY: Snack time! Inspired by our theme of kindness tonight – we’re having Goldfish crackers – the snack that smiles back!

As you enjoy the adorable treats, I want to encourage you to think about a few things this week:

· Kindness doesn’t always come easy, right? But it is a choice. Just like being unkind is a choice.

· When somebody is unkind to you, it feels horrible. It hurts and can leave emotional scars. Choose not to be the person who leaves other people feeling hurt and horrible. That’s not God’s plan for your life.

· Being kind is more important than being popular. Being kind is more important than being wealthy. Being kind is more important than being right. Discuss.


SAY: Let’s close in prayer

God, fill us with kindness. Help us to see other people as your children, worthy of compassion. Even people who aren’t nice…who say mean things…who are not good people. Lord, you want us to choose kindness toward them? Help us, God. We need your peace. Help us to be faithful to the plan you have for our lives. Amen.



o Whiteboard and markers

o Game – Would you rather

o Craft supplies – paper, colored pencils/markers, magazines, pencils/pens, odds and ends … maybe hot glue guns? Get as crazy as you want to. The youth will be inspired by the materials you provide

o Snack – something Sweet and Salty (granola bars, trail mix, kettle corn)

o Video – Beyonce “I Was Here” United Nations Humanitarian Day video

o Scripture - Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”


We’re going to play a fun game of “Would You Rather?” I’ll read two options…you just pick which one you would “rather.”

1. Would you rather mow the grass or shovel snow?

2. Would you rather drink rotten meat or drink spoiled milk?

3. Would you rather win $5000 or donate $5000?

4. Would you rather lose all of your teeth or lose all of your hair?

5. Would you rather lie to escape a prison sentence or be convicted for telling the truth?

6. Would you rather have a job that pays a lot of money or have a job that solves worldwide poverty?

7. Would you rather be so famous you have no privacy or spend every day of your life completely alone?

8. Would you rather be hugely successful or incredibly humble?

9. Would you rather understand the entire Bible or win Fortnite?



Which question was the hardest one for you to answer? The easiest?

Just for fun, go back and talk about what Jesus would do for each question.

SAY: Why is it difficult to do the “right thing” sometimes? We are good at finding loopholes – making excuses – explaining why the right thing isn’t necessary at times. Why do you think that we rationalize our selfish choices?


SAY: Let’s look for some guidance in Scripture. Who would like to read Micah 6:8?


“He has told you, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”


According to that verse, God requires three things:

§ Do justice

§ Love kindness

§ Walk humbly with God

What do each of those things look like? Let’s break into three groups and each will take 15 minutes to create a “snapshot” of their assigned idea. Group 1 – create a snapshot of “Doing justice”

Group 2 – create a snapshot of “Loving kindness”

Group 3 – create a snapshot of “Walking humbly with God”

You can create your snapshot by drawing, by building a sculpture, by creating a collage, or any other creative way you can think of that will paint a meaningful look into your topic.

Give groups 15 minutes to work, then reassemble the whole group and share what they made.


Justice. Kindness. Humility. Those a big, important concepts. And they are really good goals for life. Imagine at the end of your life, people describing you as a person who spent their life doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God. That sounds like a good life to me.

VIDEO: Take a look at this video from Beyoncé

Beyoncé “I Was Here” United Nations Humanitarian Day video


SAY: In order to be a positive influence in our world, you don’t have to perfect. You don’t have to always do the right thing. Sometimes you need to be sweet. Sometimes you need to be salty. That’s why we’re having this sweet and salty snack today. As you enjoy your (trail mix/granola bars…kettle corn… whatever), think about these things-

· Do justice – fight when you see something is unjust. Go to bat for a friend who is being mistreated.

· Love kindness – remember that being kind is more important than being a winner

· Walk humbly – give your time but don’t brag about it; give your help in small and humble ways

· It’s never too early to think about what kind of life you really want to live, and what kind of legacy you want to leave on the world

· Serving (like at workcamp) is good…and it feels good. What a great way to feel the power of knowing “You were there!”


SAY: Let’s close in prayer.

God help us to live our days in ways that reflect justice, goodness, and humility. Give us the wisdom and strength so that we can choose according to your will, without making excuses or looking for loopholes. We want to be your people and create a better world. Amen