The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner and with it comes some big feelings for students, families, and educators. Churches can provide a grounded community of support in the midst of transition. As the back to school rush approaches, consider inviting families to view this time as an opportunity to grow in faith. Below are 5 of my favorite resources – including music, podcasts, and prayers – to invite God into the center of any back to school routine.
Back to School Blessings & Prayers | Building Faith
Printable resource with suggestions for scripture, creating a sacred space, and prayers for students, parents, and educators.
Back to School Online Devotional | d365
An online daily devotional that follows a five-step format – Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, Go. From August to September, d365 features a series called, “Back to School.” It provides encouragement and wisdom from scripture for significant times of transition.
Backpack Tags | Illustrated Ministry
These vibrant tags convey a message of care, support, and love that can be shared with children returning to school or adults returning to the office. There are multiple design options in both Spanish and English.
EYE23 Spotify Playlist | The Episcopal Church’s Department of Faith Formation
This playlist features music from the Episcopal Youth Event held in College Park, Maryland this summer. Listen to the music that boosted the spirits of 600+ high school students and feel your own spirit soar. This playlist is the perfect accompaniment for the commute to/from school.
Liturgies for Parents Podcast | Kayla Craig
For exhausted parents, prayer often feels out of reach. In episodes that are 20-minutes (or less), Liturgies for Parents offers a nuanced and nurturing moment of reprieve, inviting all who are raising kids to breathe and remember that God is with you. This is a gem for parents navigating back to school chaos.
May these resources be a gift during transition and may God bless this new school year.
The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell
Missioner for Faith Formation and Development