CONGREGATIONS are being encouraged to pray for schools at the start of the new academic year, in the campaign Back to School with God.
The Pray for Schools network, a partnership between CARE, Youth for Christ, Scripture Union, Churches Together England, New Generation, and the Association of Christian Teachers, wants to see “every UK school become a prayed-for school”. The network also identifies local-authority workers, youth workers, and others who are increasingly working with reduced resources.
The Pray for Schools co-ordinator, Joanne Appleton, said that the events of the past few weeks had shown how much young people needed prayers.
The missions director of Youth for Christ, Damian Wharton, said: “As teachers, support staff, and pupils return to school, they enter one of the most challenging and exciting mission fields around. So, what an amazing privilege we have — to pray for and commission them all as they seek to reflect Jesus in . . . the classrooms.”