This Children’s Sermon was given on Promotion Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Sunday before most of our kids start back to school. It was also written to go with the sermon of the day, based on John 5:1-18, titled, “Malpractice”

See below for the information needed to make a backpack tag, as well as the design. This would be great for a Blessing of the Backpacks. Though we didn’t have the actual backpacks in worship, we did bless the kids. They were excited to get a tag for their backpacks!

Good morning girls and boys. I want to especially welcome our new first graders who may be here for the first time! I’m so happy you’re here!

I believe I heard that something BIG happens this week to most of you! Yes, school begins. It’s the chance to start a new year. That’s exciting, and it’s normal to also feel a little nervous. Are there traditions that your family does to help celebrate? To help you find peace in all the newness?

It’s good to remember that God will be there to help keep you calm, if you ask God. It’s good to have parents and others to help you find peace.

But I’ve got a question for you. What if YOU’RE the person who’s supposed to bring God’s peace to others? In fact, God calls us to be a peace bringer- a peace maker. Even to new teachers and your parents!  I have something for you, that I hope will help you remember that. You can put it on your backpack or your lunch box to remember it if you want.

I’d like to give you a blessing first and then I’ll hand them out and we’ll go back to our seats.

Dear God, we ask for your blessing on all of our students in this room- and for the teachers too. Help them to feel a closeness to you as they go into their classrooms. Open their hearts and minds to new friends and teachers. Help them to be brave and generous to everyone around them, showing them your love, your comfort and your peace. Inspire them to do their best and be their best. We love you, God. Amen

The design comes from Illustrated Children’s Ministries, and you can find it and download here. We put our church logo on the back, with the help of the Avery template, here. We didn’t buy the business card paper- I just printed them off on card stock, double sided.

After you purchase and download and print your tags, you’re ready to laminate them. I plan on doing different tags each year, so I went ahead and purchased this small laminator at Staples, here. And I also purchased several sets of ready to laminate luggage tags, like the ones shown here. I was surprised how easy these are to make.

Blessings to you! ?