Back To School Sunday

“A Sunday of Blessings”

“Back to School Sunday” at Sloan Memorial UMC

The children and youth of Sloan Memorial UMC were celebrated and challenged as they prepared for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  The music, prayers, children’s moments presentation, and Gospel message all focused on the need for our students, parents,  teachers, community volunteers – EVERYONE – to be “dressed for battle” with the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18).  Activity packets were also prepared via the work area on Christian Education for the children/youth with lessons and activities on “the whole armor of God”.


Following special altar prayers for the children/youth and their parents, special blessings were spoken over the backpacks and school supplies made possible via the generous donations from members of Sloan UMC and the Nathan J. Billings Foundation.  Backpacks and school supplies were also made available to the Vacation Bibles School participants from Wesley UMC and Kennedy Place Housing Residence (partners in ministry/mission with Sloan UMC).

Prayer for a New School Year

Sustainer of us all, help us to grow in your wisdom and in your ways. Remind us that your truth sets us free to learn and to love. Grant that during this academic year each student and each teacher may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others. By your Spirit of Wisdom, keep us open to your Word and ways. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Book of Blessings, 1989




Children's Moments - "Dressed For Success"

Put On The Whole Armor of God



Blessing of the Backpacks

Teacher and Redeemer, we consecrate these book bags and school supplies in your Holy Name and to your glory. We pray your blessing upon those who give them and those who will receive them. May generation upon generation be blessed by these gifts. Let each person who stands before us now feel the love and support of this congregation, and grant us all the wisdom and means to meet their needs throughout the coming year. Through Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.                                                                                

Book of Blessings, 1989