This year, under the leadership of lay leaders Lori Armstrong, Linda Nolder, and others from our Coker Food Pantry and outreach teams, Coker United Methodist Church safely and successfully distributed 720 backpacks to our clients' children and other students in the community. Each was prayed over. Clients, students, and teachers were all invited back to the Coker campus on Aug 15th for the blessing of the backpacks. The Pastors and the worship teams offered a special time of prayer and blessings over everyone in the congregation before students and teachers were invited to receive individual prayer and get a special backpack tag! After the blessing of the backpacks- Coker hosted a Coker Park Cook-Out and back to school bash with worship leader Holly Tucker (as heard on “The Voice”), BBQ, Ice Cream and water-fun to beat the heat. It was a wonderful way to reach out and gather in.
We are very thankful for all the monetary contributions and the volunteers that helped to make all of this possible.
St. Paul UMC
The Young Adult and Adult Ministry at St. Paul UMC, San Antonio coordinated a Back-to-School Supply Drive. Members and friends coordinated over 110 backpacks with school supplies given to students at Herff and Bowden Elementary Schools, St. Paul Church students and homeless children. Their generosity will positively impact the lives of these students.
Epworth United Methodist Church, Methodist Health Ministries and community partners worked together to donate 175 backpacks on Saturday, July 31st.
The backpack distribution was scheduled in the church parking lot as a safe drive thru event.
The United Methodist Women and the Girl Scouts Troop #133 assembled all 175 backpacks.
Christ UMC, Stockdale
Our blessing of the backpacks at Christ UMC Stockdale involved all students, teachers, and staff to come forward and kneel/stand at the altar. Both kids and adults brought their bags! The pastor prayed for them, and the church gave each a backpack tag. It was a special moment.
Oxford United Methodist Church, San Antonio distributed 170 completely filled backpacks to McDermott elementary school which is in the Northside Independent School District. This is the school closest to our church. As always, we were blessed to be a blessing.
Children’s Center Los Ninos and Bulverde UMC joined to bless our community with back to school items on Saturday, August 21. Backpacks, school supplies, clothes, socks and more were distributed. God’s provision allowed us to bless all who came through the drive through and to pray with each family.
Resurrection UMC provided 72 backpacks for kids who attended Camp Agape, a camp for the children of incarcerated parents which was held June 25-27 at Knott Creek Falls Campground. We partnered with Prison Fellowship, Still Water Camps, FUMC Boerne and Mt Zion First Baptist Church to create Camp Agape. There were nine children from Resurrection UMC who participated.
Westlawn UMC distributed 140 backpacks with school supplies
St. Andrew’s UMC, San Antonio distributed 150 backpacks for Wiltshire Elementary school
El Divino Salvador UMC, San Antonio distributed 150 backpacks to Woodlawn Academy and Women’s Leadership Academy. Watch their video of the back to school event
University UMC, San Antonio assembled and distributed about 380 backpacks full of school supplies to students Pre-K through High School.
First UMC Cotulla gave 301 backpacks with back-to-school supply kits.
Coker UMC, San Antonio distributed 280+ backpacks at our Back to School Drive-Thru event.