Pray for Schools

Home » News » Pray for Schools

"Make Jesus known" is the theme for this year's Pray for Schools fortnight which will take place from 7th — 21st May.
This national initiative is being championed locally by Rev Lynn Power who is Chaplain to Treloar's college and also our GAP school's co-ordinator.

I will be using some of the ideas and resources during our worship on Sunday May 7th and encourage you to pray for our local schools and teachers, support staff and governors during this fortnight. The Gospel reading for 7th May and the image used on the Pray for Schools poster is John 10; the Shepherd calls his sheep, leads them and goes ahead of them and they follow him because they know His voice.

There are so many voices competing for our attention! In our world of global communication things are said, reported, emailed, tweeted, blogged, facebooked, interpreted and misinterpreted in an instant; often in fun but also sometimes in malice. Let's pray for Alton's young people that schools will help them to develop strong moral values which have a foundation in love and kindness. Religious Education is still a mandatory part of the Curriculum in schools. Let's pray that it will be taught and taught well, that young people will ask questions and come to know the voice of the Good Shepherd for themselves. Thank God for the opportunities given to local churches to share in this work in schools, through initiatives such as Open the Book, the work of clergy and Lynn herself in schools. All adults in schools are hugely influential in the lives of their students. The demand that all young people achieve the prescribed age-related outcomes for their year group, regardless of their starting points in life or rate of development, may be laudable but is hugely stressful for all. The pursuit of excellence must be balanced with ensuring that individuals feel valued for who they are, and praised for effort as well as achievement. This is the challenge at every level; governors to school leadership, headteachers to staff, and staff to young people. No easy task — let's pray for our schools and colleges!

In His love Liz George

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

SIlver service congregation
Alton Webteam: Mon 24 Jun 6:28pm

"The Journey of Life" was the title of this year's annual Silver Service held at the Alton Methodist Church. Organised by the Alton Anna Chaplains — Debbie Thrower and Rachel Sturt — the service is held to value and encourage older people in the community. Debbie introduced the service by reminding everyone that the Anna Chaplaincy started in Alton in 2010. Both Debbie and Rachel...

Alton pilgrimage
Alton Webteam: Mon 24 Jun 5:44pm

Congratulations to the 12 walkers who braved the weather and set off from Rowledge Methodist Church to walk the 10.6 miles to Alton on the last stage of the Circuit Prayer Pilgrimage. In the 9 days between Ascension and Pentecost Rev Chris Blake visited all the churches in the Circuit and was thrilled that 92 people joined him on at least one of the walks. Many others generously provided...

Young venturers 1
Alton Webteam: Sat 08 Jun 11:39am

It was a glorious day for the Year 8 Young Venturers' expedition — clear skies and the temperature climbing to 26 degrees!The three girls and four boys set off from Holybourne, and almost immediately discovered how easy it is to get mislaid even when close to home! However, they soon passed Wyck and continued, although not without further excitements, to Binsted, where they enjoyed an early...