2018 Back to School Blessings
Many of our churches offer special blessings at the start of the school year. Everyone is welcome at these services:
St. Catherine's, Florence - Blessing of the Bookbags at the 11:30 a.m. service.
All Saints, Hilton Head Island: The annual Backpack Blessing will be at the 10:15 a.m. service. Children of all ages are invited to bring their bookbags.
Good Shepherd, Summerville: Bookbag Blessing at the 10:30 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist. All students and teachers are invited to bring bookbags to church.
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston: Blessing of the Bookbags at the 9:00 am Family Eucharist
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: Blessing of the Bookbags at the 10:30 a.m. service. All children and youth are invited to bring their bookbags to the altar steps for a special blessing. Those who teach or are otherwise involved in education are invited to join them for a special blessing as well.
St. George's, Summerville: Blessing of the Backpacks & End of Summer Blast. Backpacks will be blessed at all services (7:45, 9:00, 10:15, 11:15). At 11 am there will be water fun and a cookout with hot dogs, drinks and snow cones; children should bring a swimsuit and towel.
St. Mark's, Port Royal: The Blessing of the Backpacks will take place at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.
St. Stephen's, Charleston: Blessing of the Backpacks at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist. Children and teachers are all invited to bring their book bags, knapsacks or briefcases for a blessing. All ages are invited to participate.
2019 Forma Conference
Resources for Christian Formation
Are you looking for a new curriculum for your Sunday School program? Building Faith has done the research for you with reviews for children, youth, and adults, as well as a resource on how to choose for your church. Find more at buildfaith.org.
Other online resources that we recommend:
The Center for the Ministry of Teaching at VTS offers lots of resources for teachers, including reviews of Vacation Bible School curricula, a blog, an online magazine and more. Find it online at the link above, or connect with CMT on Facebook.
Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the the Episcopal Church.
Worshiping with Children offers a blog with amazing resources for each Sunday's lectionary. You can search by lesson or date.
Storypath provides names of children's books that tie in with the lectionary.
Center for Spiritual Resources is a resource portal put together by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.
Home resource offered online
GrowChristians.org is a website on practicing faith at home. The site is based on a central question: How do we grow as Christians ourselves and help younger people – especially in our own families and churches – to grow as Christians too? Writers will cover topics like family prayer, reading the Bible, how to talk about the cross, using music, art, cooking, and more. It's a partnership of Forward Movement and Plainsong Farm.
Thinking about summer camp?
Since 1931, Camp Kanuga campers have been forming lifelong friendships, experiencing new adventures and growing in their faith through our welcoming Christian community. Camp Kanuga has rich traditions and exciting new programs that encourage transformation, growth, and renewal for all. The camp serves boys and girls ages 7-15 in age appropriate activities including; hiking, climbing, swimming, arts & crafts, archery, horseback riding, chapel, ropes course, team sports, camping, fishing and much more. For more information please visit www.campkanuga.org or call 828-692-9136, ext. 279.
Camp Gravatt is an Episcopal camp and conference center, located outside of Aiken, South Carolina, offers a summer camp for rising first through 11th graders.
Typical summer camp actiivies include: archery, arts & crafts, campfire, canoeing, challenge course, environmental education, faith formation, hiking, music, recreational sports, swimming, themed evening events, and worship. For more information, please visit www.campgravatt.org.