Backpack Blessings


August 16, 2017

By: Christopher Sikkema

Check out in the Resources box below an example bulletin from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Austin, Diocese of Texas!

The congregation doesn't only pray over backpacks, but other instruments of teaching and learning. They also bless students and educators-- especially inviting folks...

August 16, 2017

By: Anne-Marie Witchger

One of the Church of the Heavenly Rest’s parish commitments is to the nourishment of body, mind, and soul. Over the last year, we have partnered with Harlem Grown, an innovative urban farming organization, to enhance the lives of young people through hands-on food education and mentorship....

August 15, 2017

By: Christopher Sikkema

As the summer winds down and the school year begins, Episcopal congregations are blessing backpacks, gathering school supplies, and enjoying other activities that bring us back together.

At the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York, Diocese of New York, the congregation has partnered...

August 15, 2017

By: Christopher Sikkema

Have you heard about the Episcopal Asset Map? It's a joint project of The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development. We recognize that the individuals, churches, and institutions of the Episcopal Church represent an abundance of gifts and this platform looks to highlight...

August 15, 2017

By: The Rev. Mary Koppel

On a Sunday night in April, Vicki, a retired teacher, called me. I could hear from her tone that she was frustrated. I asked her what she wanted to talk about and she answered: “I think that we need to do something for our teachers here in Miami, Oklahoma. With all these budget cuts and loss of...

August 26, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

Today’s guest blogger is Wendy Claire Barrie. She is the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at St. Bart’s in New York City. Before school starts on Sept. 9, she’s going to be chaplain for a week of choir camp in Connecticut, take a group of children and youth on a guided tour of...

August 22, 2013

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer’s “Day of Hope” provides much-needed supplies and haircuts as Sarasota, Florida kids prepare to go back to school. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida

[Episcopal News Service] Kids of all ages are enjoying a seasonal...

September 12, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] When the community kitchen moved out of Calvary Episcopal Church in Ashland, Kentucky, after 30 years, parishioners wondered what to do next. “We have no idea what we should be doing to help our neighbors in need. We’ve got to find something to replace this,”...

September 1, 2008

The first day of school can be a scary experience for students of all ages, but often, our little ones experience an inordinate amount of stress when leaving home and heading into the unknown. One's faith community can be a source of strength and encouragement when the school year begins again...

Bulletin Inserts

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