Pray for Schools Fortnight is about encouraging churches to pray for their local schools. The UK wide initiative is supported by a host of Christian organisations including Scripture Union, Youth for Christ, Prayer Spaces in Schools, the Association of Christian Teachers and Open the Book.
We would like to encourage churches and individuals in the diocese to join in from 10-24 May 2018. It begins on Ascension Day and runs through into Pentecost and so sits alongside the Archbishops’ Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. Whether you plan to take part in Thy Kingdom Come or not, we feel a focus on praying for schools is important at this time of the year with SATs for 10 & 11 year olds, exams for older GCSE and A Level students and many young people and even staff all wondering what’s next as they move on to the next stage of education and life.
To help churches get involved, we have compiled some tried and tested resources that focus on three specific areas: praying for schools on a Sunday; praying for schools in a creative way; and linking with local schools in Pray for Schools Fortnight. We have also included some stories about where this has already been working well locally.
Praying for Schools on a Sunday
On Sunday 13 May we are encouraging churches to include special prayers for schools in their usual Sunday service. There are some ideas included in the resource and if you’d like to go a bit further and plan a service themed around schools and education there are plenty of tips. Why not think about inviting someone who works in a school to give a short talk or share in an interview? Or, if you have a local ‘Open the Book’ team, why not invite them to perform one of their Bible stories?
Click below to download the resource. If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas, please contact one of the Go-Team.