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Worship: Labor, Memorial, & Backpack Sundays

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Liturgical Elements

Pillowcase Prayers

Instead of backpack tags, this church gave away pillowcases with a bedtime prayer in hopes of encouraging family prayer practices at home.

Backs of three children walking together wearing backpacks.

Back to School Blessings & Prayers: A Handout

for use at church or at home 

Kara Root from in the hereandnow blog offers this Hedgehog Blessing (for Back to School).

Going back to school is always accompanied by a swirl of emotions. This is especially true in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Stephanie Crowder offers this Spirit-inspired prayer to bless the fall season and the return to school.


Rev. Angela Denker offers this ABC Prayer for those going back to school - and the parents and communities supporting them.

MennoMedia offers this free Blessing for Teachers and Learners.

Be Loved Backpack Tag    “Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You.” Backpack Tags.

Back-to-School Worship Liturgy     

Blessing of the Backpacks and Back-to-School Worship Liturgy

From Illustrated Ministry: a FREE Blessing of the Backpacks and Back-to-School Worship Liturgy - includes a Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Blessing of the Backpacks Liturgy, Prayers of the People, Closing Prayer, and a Benediction.

Vibrant Church Communications

Vibrant Church Communications offers Blessed with Hope Stickers, and Joy + Peace Stickers, Backpack Tags, and Digital Assets (for welcoming everyone back to the church program year).

Back-to-School Resources & Ideas