A Back to School with God Sunday church service is a fantastic way to pray for and support your young people and school staff at the start of a new school year.

It is an excellent bridge between church and school, and an encouragement to Christian pupils and staff to consider the fact that God is not confined to church, but goes with them to school.

What is Back to School with God Sunday?

A wide variety of churches, both large and small, some with few children and others with many, mark the start of a new academic year by holding a Back to School with God Sunday service. There is no set date for Back to School with God Sunday - pick a date at the end of August or early September that suits.

Back to School with God Sunday aims to:

  • raise awareness of prayer for schools in general and the need for prayer for local schools in particular;
  • support and encourage Christian pupils and staff in their daily life at school, and as part of this, to let them know they are valued and prayed for by the local church;
  • challenge Christian pupils and staff to live out their faith in the school environment, and in particular to support any Christian witness in their school.

All denominations have used our resources, and not just in the UK but across the world. Many churches use the service as an outreach to school staff, inviting them along. It is recommended that you involve children and young people in the service, particularly in praying for their schools.

Back to School with God Resources

All the resources you need to hold a Back to School with God Sunday service are available to download FREE when you register your service. Our 2018 theme is Read! Listen! Do! and the service explores the Bible story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8. The all-age service includes suggested ways of telling/reading/acting the story, prayers, Bible teaching, activities, song suggestions. There is more than enough for a one-hour service; feel free to adapt to your own situation! Supporting resources available for download include PowerPoint slides, Memory Verse options, a poster and a separate Children's Talk for those who don't have the option of leading a whole service. Bookmarks are also available to pre-order at a cost of 5p each.

REGISTER BELOW to access the 2018 Back to School with God resources! If you would like a look before registering, the 2017 all age service can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Register your church/service

Please register your service to download our 2018 Back to School with God Sunday resources. This give us an idea of how widely the resources are used, and an opportunity to hear your feedback. 


Get in touch

For further information on Back to School with God Sunday or enquiries about schools prayer, contact Elizabeth McDowall. If you are holding Back to School with God Sunday and have not yet registered to pray for your local school, why not consider doing so? Register below or email to check whether others have registered prayer for your local schools.

Finally - do get in touch with stories about your own Back to School with God Sunday!

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