Backpack Ministry - Fall 2018

We began packing September 26th for 103 kindergarten and first-grade students at GLH Johnson Elementary School.  St. Luke's has numerous members of their congregation who purchase the food, set-up the packing line, pack the bags and deliver them to the school on Friday.  We at St. Luke's are blessed by being a part of this outreach ministry.  Please lift this mission and these children to God in your prayers.


HOW IT ALL BEGAN:

 St. Luke's began a weekend backpack ministry in January 2015 for the kindergarten students at GLH Johnson Elementary School.  This backpack contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks.  Kindergarten children are at the greatest risk for food insecurity because they have not yet learned to fend for themselves.  Our hope is that these nutritional meals will meet the physical food needs of these children and help them to do better in school.

This ministry grew to include both kindergarten and first-grade students for the fall semester of 2016.  During the 2017-2018 school year, St. Luke's provided eighty-three (83) backpacks on a weekly basis.  

The backpack ministry is a blessing to both the children who receive the backpacks and to the members of St. Luke's who participate.  Over the Christmas holidays, the children at GLH Johnson Elementary School made thank you cards and sent them to St. Luke's.  The words and drawings on these cards touch your heart and affirm what a difference this ministry makes in these children's lives.  

God's Storehouse is partnering with Union Church to offer weekend backpacks to the second-grade class at GLH Johnson.  We are all praying that funds will become available so that this ministry might be expanded to include all the children at GLH Johnson.

If you have questions about this ministry or would like information on how we set up this ministry, please contact the church at      434-836-9345.