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Blessing of the Backpacks
4th Aug


Blessing of the Backpacks


It seems the ritual of the Blessing of the Backpacks has grown since I first experienced it at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ 15 years ago or more.  Glossy, professionally created postcards were sent to households in several zip codes surrounding their neighborhood with invitations for students and teachers  to bring one’s backpack or briefcase for a Back to School blessing.  Their efforts made the major AZ newspaper.

Take time to read David Henson’s Blog – he finds the Blessing of Backpacks lacking… so created an interactive, meaningful Back to School Blessing. Is a “non” Backpack Blessing! Free.blessing-of-the-backpacks

Building Faith. An overview with tips for planning. And links to liturgies and prayers. Free. More links here. And here.

Creative Communications A kit including bag tags. Retail item.

Pinterest Wow- what a treasure chest of ideas, including links to video.  Some free. Others retail. This is just one example…

United Methodist  General Board of Discipleship. Downloadable litany for beginning of school, backpacks and prayers. Free.

Worship Design Studio  Lots of ideas including scripts for skits, liturgy, blessing of teachers. Free.

From our Episcopal friends… more resources and links.


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