Mission Service Activity of the Month

July 2023: Fill Backpacks with School Supplies

smiling young girl wearing backpack boarding a school bus

Although it seems like summer has just begun, it’s back-to-school season already. Teachers are getting their classrooms ready, and schools are sending out supply lists. Over the last few years, school preparation has been difficult for parents, students, and teachers. Many parents struggle to fully supply their children’s back-to-school lists. Help ease the transition back to school by gathering school supplies for local children in need and placing the supplies in a backpack. 

backpack filled with school supplies

Prepare for This Activity:

  • Contact a local school to ask if you can donate school supply backpacks.
  • Get a list of most needed school supplies.
  • Fill a backpack from the list provided from the school. List might include notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, dry-erase markers, folders, etc. 
  • If the school gives you permission, include a colorful child-centered encouragement card.


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22–23).

Devotion as You Plan

Read Back to School in the Word!

Then learn “The Fruit of the Spirit” song. You really can go back to school in the Word by sharing this song. Maybe start a new tradition and share this with your Sunday school class or other children in your life.

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Dear Lord, bless our teachers and schools as they prepare to begin another new school year. While we can provide supplies, you supply the grace that allows teachers to love and teach the students in their classrooms. May the children be blessed with the fruit of the spirit that you provide. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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Fill Backpacks with School Supplies

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