BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSINGS & PRAYERS free download from The Rev. Jennifer McNally (St Anne's Episcopal and dinner church Table 229; St Paul, MN) and The Rev. Anna V. Ostend Moore (St Mark's Episcopal, Minneapolis)
Traci Smith offers an entire toolkit for preparing for Blessing the Backpacks, including:
A Service of a New School Year by the Rev. David Henson, Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC; abbreviated and adapted by St Paul's, Chattanooga, TN to include a greater emphasis on social action.
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.
MennoMedia offers this free Blessing for Teachers and Learners.
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.
There are many options for accessing this music and teaching it to your community:
Many parents, grandparents, and other caring adults are happy to donate items for classrooms but don’t know what teachers really need. Putting out these apples allows teachers to get the items specifically needed for their room.
We've collected a number of Blessing the Backpacks/Back-to-School Great Ideas, including:
Hand out bags of Smartfood Popcorn with THESE tags on them at a back to school fair. They can be edited to have your church name at the bottom. Give out extras at your Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday and encourage students, teachers, etc., to share them with others on the first day of school.
See Illustrated Ministry's entire collection of backpack tags: