Equipping students with backpack blessings, supplies


   Members of North Georgia congregations were busy long before school started, collecting supplies to help students in need.
   Children and youth at Inman Park UMC coordinated a “Stuff the Bus” campaign, challenging community and church members to fill a bus with school supplies
   . To raise funds for buying supplies, some youth members created a homemade ice cream stand and baked and sold 1,000 cupcakes during a town festival. A total of 17,762 individual items were collected to fill backpacks for students who’ve resettled in Georgia through Refugee Resettlement Services of Atlanta.
   Wesley UMC in Evans filled close to 400 mission bags with notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, paper and other supplies that were given to the Columbia County school district to distribute to students in need.
    Covington First UMC held a Blessing of the Backpacks service, and invited students of all ages, teachers, administrators and all school employees to bring their backpacks to church for a special prayer. After the service and a covered dish lunch, the congregation formed teams for a Prayer Walk, visiting each public and private school in Newton County.