Methodist church to provide blessing of backpacks

Staff report

The First United Methodist Church of London will provide a backpack blessing to local families who are getting ready to go back to school.

On Sunday, Aug. 16 the church is inviting students of all ages bring their backpacks to worship services at 10 a.m.

“The services will lift up children and students of all ages, dedicating them to God’s glory as they begin a new school year,” a spokesperson said.

“Blessing is a way of marking the new year and the new beginnings and seeking God’s presence and support in the midst of it. At its heart this blessing is about hoping not only that we’ll be safe to learn and to grow, but that all of us will act to build a community together where we can thrive,” the spokesperson said.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children and friends of their children so that they may experience the support of the congregation as they begin a new academic year.

“Where students teach, and teachers coach, and assistants coax, energize or nudge, and principals admire and encourage, we all learn together how to live more fully, more deeply, into the kind of life God longs for us to know and to share.”

Blessing of the backpacks is a ministry of the worship ministry team co-chaired by Kevin and Stephanie Mack.

The church is located at 52 N. Main St., London. For more information call 740-852-0462.

Staff report