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01 Aug

Back to School Season

Swirling in a Cloud of Seekers

Music Download

Words by Lisa Reed McKinney, 2014
Music: tune, HYFRYDOL, by Rowland Prichard, 1830
Lisa McKinney's hymn is an exploration of learning and education as a life-long path to discipleship. What are some of the challenges? How do we overcome them? What is God's role? 

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Back to School Blessing

Liturgy

 A blessing appropriate for all students, whatever their age. 

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Back to School: Play Fair and Share

Article

As your family prepares for a new school year, remember those less fortunate. While shopping with your children, buy extra school supplies and backpacks for children whose families are experiencing difficult economic times.

Back to School: Play Fair and Share »

Connecting Worship and Back to School

Article

If Christians are to be a sign of the reign of God in their daily lives and if worship is to be the place that reminds us that we were baptized to show forth the reign of God in daily living, then what a great opportunity most every congregation has to connect worship and the time of the year when students, teachers, and school staff go back to school.  

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Here We Go - Back to School (September 2007)

Article

This summer has flown by and now we're all gearing up for a new year of Sunday school. Many of our congregations are also preparing to start a new school year in their pre-school programs. Our churches are preparing to welcome the children and youth into our ministries for a new school year.

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A Blessing of the Backpacks and the School Year

Article

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

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Bullying Resources

Article

Bullying goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the General Rules of the Methodist Church.  Sadly, today, it is likely that all children experience bullying in one or more ways—as victim, as silent bystander, as victimizer, or as a disciple.  This resource list and sample Anti-Bullying policy will support your congregation in supporting and guiding children. 

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Jesus vs. Bullying

Article

There are students who have no place to go and no one to talk to when they are bullied or when they have problems. 

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