This coming Sunday (January 31st), we will be marking the start of a new year at school / preschool with a “blessing of the schoolbags”. This is a bit of the service where we get all the students to bring their school bag up to the front, and we pray for the coming year, and give each of the students a gift (probably in the form of a tag or similar that can be attached to the bag) to mark the occasion. At the end, the students come and take them back out with them (during the bulk of the service we have children’s activities for those aged about 1-12….)

The idea is that we want to recognise that the start of a new school year is a big thing, often exciting or scary or both, and that we want to encourage them to trust in God looking after them and guiding them. And we want them to know that we adults recognise that each new year is an important step for them…

So – it’s a great service to bring the kids (or grandkids) along to, and make sure they bring a bag! If you are able to let Chris know it would help with numbers, but it’s fine to just show up 🙂