Backpack Blessing Sunday has become a tradition at Lochwinnoch Church in Renfrew, Ontario, for the past four years. The Sunday before the first day of School, young people bring their backpacks to church. Each child receives a small gift to keep in their backpack as a reminder that God and the Church family love and care for them. A prayer is shared with the young people for their new school year.

One grandmother commented, “This was a beautiful service for the children and also for all the congregation. It was so special in letting the children know that no matter what they are doing or where they are, Jesus is always with them.”

God, thank you for the gift of children. Please watch over them as they go back to school this year. Keep them safe, help them treat others with kindness and respect and guard their hearts with the armor of your word. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you.

Happy back to school everyone!