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Back to School

Heading back to school is rough! You know this, I know this, and the kids and families in your community DEFINITELY know this! What if there was something small you could do today to help make the transition from holidays back to school sweeter for the children in your community? Well, there is! Because, small = big. Your small actions have big impact in the life of a kid.

Be encouraged to do something small in the coming days to support the children in your community as they return to school. 
We’ve partnered with the NZ Children’s Ministry Network to create a kete of resources to help you do just that!

Backpack Blessing 

Use the resources below to find out what a Backpack Blessing is, download the blessing to pray over your kids, students and teachers, and print bookmarks to attach to the pencils you gift to your kids!





Small = Big | Practical Ideas

Top 8: Eight small ways you can give big support and encouragement to the children of your community as they go back to school.
Download these images to share in your corps' Facebook group, insert in a newsletter, or print as a handout!












small = big Video: View and download here 

Share it with your corps members via social media or in your meeting - inspire them to show up in a big way for your community's kids!


Family Time

Download, print and distribute our Back to School Family Bucket List printable. It will help families in your congregation and wider community plan those last few activities they want to do together as a family before school starts! We know family time is so important - don't let families miss the opportunity to create memories and bonds over these last few days and weeks of the summer.







Pencil Sets 

Each set contains three pencils featuring the following phrases: 'Small = Big ', '1 Samuel 16:7 ' and 'God sees me, God hears me '.

For Salvation Army Corps' and Centres, only $2 each set, with free NZ postage. Ask your corps/centre to email Childrens Mission with your corps’ details and quantity of pencil sets, and we’ll journal your corps/centre and send ‘em your way! Pencils will be shipped on and from Thursday 9 January 2020.