Back to School Ideas for Youth and Children’s ministries

Summer often means special activities, vacations, and some time away from the routine of the rest of the year. As back to school time approaches, it’s important for us to think about how to set up the next season of our minsitries. Sometimes the best way to transition is to host a fresh ministry experience such as:

  • Back-to-School Backpacks: Partner with a local school or shelter and donate backpacks filled with school supplies to school-age children.
  • Snacks for Teacher Workday: Bible study classes or small groups select a local school, prepare and deliver baskets of snacks with a note of thanks and a prayer for the upcoming school year.
  • First Day, Moms Pray: Host a tea for moms just after they drop their kids off for the first day of school. Seat them by school or child’s grade level for fellowship. Pray for the moms and the children.


Many churches I know through a back-to-school bash to kick off the school year. Sometimes though, it’s best when we don’t think party or hype, but something a little different. Here is a whole article with some different ideas about hosting a transition experience: