BY MELANIE BUCK –
The First United Methodist Church is holding The Blessing of the Backpack service, Prayer Walk, and FUMC Kidz Pizza Party in preparations for the upcoming school year.
The Blessing of the Backpack service will be held Sunday, August 16, at 10 a.m. The youth-oriented service will begin at 10 a.m. The church will bless backpacks and hand out backpack tags with either the Mena Bearcats or Acorn Tigers logo on them. After the service, there will be a free Hot Dog Social in the fellowship hall, where hot dogs, chips, ice cream, and drinks will be served. There will also be games for kids. First United Methodist Church extends the invitation to school children, teachers, administrators, and school support staff.
On Tuesday, August 18, from 6 – 8 p.m., the church will have a Prayer Walk through the Mena Public School campuses. Each school will be open during those hours so that citizens, either individually or in groups, can walk through and pray over the hallways, classrooms, staff, and students of Mena Schools. The public is invited to attend.
The FUMC Kidz Pizza Party for children ages 3 years to 5th grade, will be Wednesday, September 9, at 5:45 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and friends to register for a weekly program of Bible study, music, games, snacks, and mission projects.
For more information on these activities, contact Pastor Ann Ferris at 479-394-3051.