School enrollment is underway. The stores are stocked with supplies. The aisles are full of parents searching desperately for the specific brand of a specific marker for a specific class. It can be stressful. It can be really stressful if you are one of those parents and after you find as many of the supplies as you can you don’t know if you have enough money to pay for them.
There is help. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma is once again conducting the backpack ministry. Parents who cannot afford to buy school supplies this year and who have children attending Will Rogers Elementary School should come by the church building from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 7 August 2015. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at 205 State Highway 44 in Burns Flat; that’s just north and east of the traffic light.
Children do not need to attend the sign up but must attend the pickup. It is at the issue of supplies where the ministry takes place. Children help children pick out a backpack while other helpers bring the supplies to the family and all gather for prayer to bless the family and the school year ahead.
When do my children pick up their supplies? Pick up is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Each family will be given an appointment so as to minimize the waiting time.
What about children who attend the junior high or high school? They may sign up as well and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church will provide some help. Unlike elementary grades, standardized school supply lists published in advance are not available but the church will work with these students in meeting specific needs as identified.
Why does the church do this? It is about being God’s love in action—taking his love to the world. In this instance, this part of the body of Christ thought that a very good way to love one another was to help with school supplies so that every child could get off to a good start this school year. Yes, there is an agenda here but it is far from a hidden agenda. Everywhere these followers of Jesus go, they remind people that God loves them and that we are to love one another.