AMEN—At left, Thousand Oaks residents Cameron Parton and his wife Emily, along with other members of the congregation join the Rev. Rachel Tabutol (not seen) in a backpack blessing during Back to School Sunday on Aug. 26 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. Children were asked to bring their school backpacks to church for prayer. The Partons’ daughter Grace, 6, participated in the blessing. Photos by JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn Newspapers
ATTENTIVE—At right, children listen to the Rev. Rachel Tabutol (not seen), pastor of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, give a talk before the backpack blessing. A Children and Youth Ministry Fair was held between the Sunday morning worship services. The church provides a variety of educational and service opportunities for children, teens and adults.