oak traceThe new school year is upon us. Back to school shopping is well underway. In some of our communities classes have already begun. In Westfield and Carmel, kids are enjoying their final few days of summer vacation until school resumes next week.

One of the ways we can prepare for the new school year is by praying for our schools, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, and everyone whose work contributes to the education and care of our community’s children.

Do you know a teacher? Are you a parent who has recently learned who your child’s teachers are going to be in the coming school year? Are you grateful for the teachers of past years, or from your childhood?

On Sunday, August 16, we will be praying for school teachers and staff, coaches and bus drivers, administrators and PTO leaders. Please submit the names of school prayer worksheetthose for whom we can pray, using the form below, and they will be lifted up in prayer at church on August 16 … and at various times throughout the school year.

Thank you. May God bless all who work in our schools in their holy task of teaching and caring for our children.

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There are two ways to collect and submit the names of the teachers in your life. One way is to click and print My School Prayer Worksheet (a PDF document) for your kids to fill out. They can bring the worksheet to church, or you can submit the info from the completed worksheet on this form.

Or, gather your kids together and submit the information in the form below. Use the online form more than once, or enter multiple names in each field, for more than one student. Thank you for contributing to the prayer ministry of New Joy and of our community!

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