Back-to-School: Fall 2022
As students get ready to head back to school this fall, parishes throughout the Diocese of Missouri are collecting supplies and blessing backpacks.
Here is a list of some of the activities happening around our Diocese to support children in Missouri:
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves
Church members collected school supplies throughout July to distribute at Webster-Rock Hill Ministries Summertime Stories event on August 11. Emmanuel members will also be helping with the lunches for the children at that event. Emmanuel will also be hosting a Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, Aug. 14 during the 10 a.m. service.
- St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Florissant
St. Barnabas is collecting school supplies for two local elementary school. The supplies will be delivered to Parker Road and Commons Lane Elementary Schools.
- St. Francis Episcopal Church, Eureka
St. Francis will bless backpacks, computers, or any school gear on Sunday, Aug. 21 at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. They'll also be blessing and distributing erasers -- because we only learn through the mistakes we make!
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Carondelet / St. Louis
St. Paul's encourages you to purchase school supplies for Lyon Academy Jr. High School (grades 6-8), located on Loughborough and Virginia. The parish is collecting the items to be blessed in August and delivered to the school.
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ironton
St. Paul's is hosting a Backpack Giveaway Blowout on Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon until 4 p.m. Church members and local businesses came together to fill more than 90 backpacks with school supplies, which will be distributed at the event. The event will also feature food, games, and prizes for all to enjoy.
- St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Ladue
Members of St. Peter's contributed to a Back to School Drive to benefit the young ladies of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. Our drive culminates in our Hawthorn Service Day on Tuesday, Aug. 2, where we will be sorting school supplies and helping with projects to get everything read for the new school year.
- St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Creve Coeur
St. Timothy's is holding a school supplies collection for children in need in the Parkway School District through August 16. They will also hold a Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
- The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City
Holy Communion is collecting school supplies, socks and underwear for school aged children. On Sunday, August 21, we will bless these supplies and all who are going back to school. No matter your age, if you’re back to school, come be blessed.
- The Episcopal Church of St. Michael & St. George, Clayton
Church members are helping to fill 450 backpacks for an ARJ Community Outreach event on August 13.
- Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles
Members of small group book study during Lent challenged the members at Trinity to donate funds to purchase backpacks and fill them with school supplies for their local elementary school. Thanks to the generosity of the Trinity congregation, the group met their goal and raised enough money to fill 10 backpacks with supplies. The backpacks will be distributed by the school's counseling office to families in need at Blackhurst Elementary School in the City of St. Charles School District.