Beginning of the Year with 3P's in the Backpack
The beginning of the school year always brings a mix of excitement and anxiety; however, this year adds additional fear and worry with more students returning back to in person learning after spending over a year learning from home. We are still battling a pandemic, and parents, students, and teachers are concerned about everyone’s safety. To help relieve some of this stress, Red Oak United Methodist Church had its Annual Backpack Drive on Saturday, July 31st. Several families received a backpack full of school supplies to help students have a fantastic start to the new year.
Along with this support, Red Oak UMC wants to provide the 3 P’s to help us navigate going to school during a pandemic.
We know there are some things we all can do to prepare for school and to keep us safe. Continue to encourage hand washing, masking up, and social distancing. Know your schools are doing their best to keep your children safe. Remember, if your children are sick, please keep them at home.
As difficult as it may be, being at peace during this pandemic will help guide us through this turbulent time. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 states: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” This scripture reminds us that God is with us and will provide us peace throughout this school year and beyond.
Prayer is a helpful tool to make it through trials and tribulations. Psalm 66:19 reads, “But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.” God hears our prayers, and praying for positivity will encourage our children to have a successful year.
This school year may have some challenges, but we are in this together. May everyone who reads this remember to send thoughts of peace and offer prayer for our students of all ages and stages, from pre-kindergarten to college. We hope and pray that everyone has a wonderful 2021-2022 School Year! May your bodies stay prepared, your minds stay at peace, and your hearts stay prayerful.
- -From Red Oak United Methodist Church.