What is "A Sunday of Blessing"? 

Texas Annual Conference churches are encouraged to celebrate “A Sunday of Blessing” on August 12 (or another Sunday) to give children of all ages a strong start to their school year in 2018-2019. The purpose of “A Sunday of Blessing” is to honor teachers, staff, administrators, and others who love all God’s children each day in educational settings during the worship service.

We have provided your congregation with a variety of ideas from the blessing of school faculty and staff to the blessing of the backpacks! We have also included a customizable Sunday bulletin insert and social media graphics to help you in your promotions. 

 

A Sunday of Blessing Ideas

  • Blessing of School Faculty & Staff: Join with churches throughout the Texas Annual Conference for A Sunday of Blessing! honoring those persons “in the trenches” with our children each school day. Worship services could include a special time of recognition of and prayer for those in attendance along with themed music, liturgy, media, and visuals. Among those to invite are faculty and staff from local public, religious, and private primary and/or elementary schools.  Some congregations may choose to invite faculty and staff from all schools within a church’s mission field. The celebration could include the distribution of tokens of appreciation or remembrance to all in attendance. In addition, a fellowship meal honoring faculty and staff members and including the congregation could afford adults, youth, and children the opportunity to articulate words of personal blessing to those in attendance. 
  • Blessing of the Students/of the Backpacks: Some churches have longstanding traditions of blessing students and/or backpacks prior to the start of a new school year. Combining a time of blessing for students/backpacks with school faculty and staff affords local congregations the opportunity to host a large number of guests.  However, local church Welcome Teams should prepare well in advance for a number of guests that challenges Easter or Mother’s Day.
  • Blessing of Church Weekday Ministry Faculty & Staff: Churches with Weekday Ministries such as Day School, Mother’s Day Out, and/or child care centers could include those ministry employees along with those from public and private schools for A Sunday of Blessing! Other congregations may choose to simply honor those who serve during the school year with local church Weekday Ministries.
  • Blessing of Child Care Providers, Caregivers, & Teachers: In many communities, child care providers, caregivers, and teachers are among the earliest and most significant of those who assist families in providing an educational foundation for their children. Names and contact information for each licensed facility in Texas may be found at the Texas Department of Protective and Family Services website at www.tdpfs.org
  • Blessing of Local Church’s Faculty, Staff, & Students: Congregations such as those taking first steps toward the We Love All God’s Children initiative may choose to participate in A Day of Blessing by limiting the students as well as adult educational employees to those who participate regularly in the life of the congregation. Local church nursery and/or child care staff could be included in this special day.

 

Worship Resources 

What follows is a list of scriptures, prayers, songs, and other liturgical suggestions to aid in the planning of A Sunday of Blessing! These resources were chosen based upon contextual relevance to ministries with children and families, the back-to-school season of year, and the vocational call of Christians to share the love and hope of Christ to all God’s children!

Download worship resources

 

Graphic Downloads

 Download these graphics to promote "A Sunday of Blessing" in your church! 

Sample Bulletin Insert

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Edit this Microsoft Word Document to reflect how your church will be celebrating "A Sunday of Blessing". 

Facebook Cover Photo

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Twitter Header

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Facebook Event Image

Create a Facebook event to invite educators and friends to the worship service.

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Social Media Announcement

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Social Media Scripture

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Social Media Blessing of the Backpacks

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Social Media Honoring Educators

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"A Sunday of Blessing" Title

Use this graphic as needed in your promotions. 

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For more information:

Contact, the Rev. Jill Daniel, Director of We Love All God’s Children at jdaniel@txcumc.org.

Learn more about We Love All God's Children at txcumc.org/love