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.

It aims to:

  • To raise awareness of prayer for schools in general and the need for prayer for local schools in particular;
  • To 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;
  • To 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 too. Many churches use the service as an outreach to school staff, inviting them along. Others involve children and young people in leading the service, and particularly in praying for their schools.

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. Resources include an all-age service with accompanying PowerPoint slides, prayers, and activities that will engage children and reinforce the theme. Supporting resources include children's activities which can be used in Sunday School or in church at a future date, plus publicity material such as posters and flyers which can be distributed in the local community. 

Our 2018 resources are currently being written and will be available to download from the beginning of May 2018.

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 here 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!