Leadership Resources

Back to School Resources

Here you will find resources for children, youth, and adults as you prepare for the back to school season. Small-group studies, liturgy, books, prayers, and more!

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August 14, 2015

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

With each new school year comes the excitement and anticipation of a new beginning, a new journey, a new […]

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Worship
July 16, 2014

ikids—The Generation Emerging in the Midst of the Digital Revolution

ikids—the generation emerging in the midst of the digital revolution. A generation defined by a vast and rapidly […]

Book
Parenting
August 13, 2015

God of All Learning

"God of All Learning" is a hymn for a “Blessing of the Backpacks” service. Blessing of the Backpacks […]

Music Download
Hymns
July 18, 2014

A Back-to-School Litany

Read Luke 2:41-52 One: As we begin this new school year, we give thanks that God has given us the […]

Liturgy
Worship
August 4, 2014

Adult Small-Group Resources

Upper Room Books has something for all small groups. Use the guide below to find the right resource for […]

Article
Leading & Understanding Mid-Life Adults
July 18, 2014

Prayers for School

Download special prayers for the first day of school, teachers, test taking, and more. Includes a guide to help students […]

Article
Worship with Children
August 20, 2007

Back to School Blessing

By The Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

 A blessing appropriate for all students, whatever their age. 

Liturgy
Worship
July 18, 2014

Ideas for Back-to-School Ministries from United Methodist Communications

ABC’s of Back-To-School http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/the-abcs-of-back-to-school-outreach Back-To-School Outreach Ideas http://www.umcom.org/site/apps […]

Article
July 18, 2014

At Home with God

At Home with God gives families with elementary school-age children solid spiritual help. Designed to bring a family together […]

Book
July 18, 2014

A Story about Bullies from Devozine

Read an excerpt about bullies from Devozine, a magazine for teens and by teens. Read Now Interested in […]

PDF
July 18, 2014

Backpack Checklist

This resource includes a checklist for backpacks, scripture cards, and encourages students to take prayer, patience, and a heart of […]

Article
October 24, 2006

Back to School: Play Fair and Share

As your family prepares for a new school year, remember those less fortunate. While shopping with your children, buy extra […]

Article
Generous Living
July 18, 2014

School of Hard Knocks

This is an excerpt from Devozine magazine. To learn more about Devozine, click here.

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June 6, 2011

Connecting Worship and Back to School

By Daniel Benedict

If Christians are to be a sign of the reign of God in their daily lives and if worship is […]

Article
Occasional Rites
June 26, 2012

A Blessing of the Backpacks and the School Year

A blessing for your congregation's students and their school year 

Article
Worship
October 28, 2010

Bullying Resources

Bullying goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the General Rules of the Methodist Church.  Sadly, today, it […]

Article
Children and Crisis
November 1, 2010

Jesus vs. Bullying

There are students who have no place to go and no one to talk to when they are bullied or […]

Article
Worship