International Day of Prayer for Schools

Published: 8th October 2020

Every year the third Tuesday of November is a special European Prayer Day for children and the schools they attend. This is a great opportunity to join together to pray for our schools. 

On Tuesday 17 November from 1.45 to 2.35 pm, an online event is being hosted by members of the Education team and the Calling Young Disciples team alongside Julie Jeffries and Lynn Satchell from Open the Book and Jane Newey from Pray for Schools.

They are encouraging as many people as possible to join them in praying for schools, children and teachers and support staff both locally and nationally

Director of Education, Margaret James, said: 

"The imperative for teachers and school leaders to continue to provide education, a place of safety and to inspire and encourage children and young people since March this year has created the most stressful few months in living memory. With only a few days’ notice, schools moved large amounts of learning online whilst simultaneously continuing to welcome into the school building children of key workers and those deemed to be vulnerable (or ‘valuable’ as one child put it).

"Teachers and headteachers have redesigned the layout of their school sites to enable social distancing  and have become expert furniture removers and painters of signposts and arrows. They have arranged for food and other resources to be delivered to local families and have spent hours on the phone checking that parents, carers and children are coping. They have become online worship leaders and have acquired IT skills beyond any that they had ever envisaged needing. Messaging from the DfE has been inconsistent and last minute in nature, with guidance and expectations often changing only hours before implementation. Teachers and headteachers have managed all of this whilst dealing with their own health concerns and looking after their own families, often overseeing their own children’s home learning.

"Prayer is always the most effective yet hidden support that we can give to schools so please remember these hardworking heroes and pray for their continued resilience, good health, and for their own flourishing whilst they focus on the needs of others."

The event will take place on November 17 from the comfort of your own home at 13.45, the team will be using online conferencing to facilitate this prayer time and you can join by telephone or video link.  Details of how to access and book:

Page last updated: 8th October 2020 7:11 PM
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