Every school a prayed for school! That is the vision of Pray for Schools Scotland - to mobilise Christians to support their school communities through prayer.
Children and young people spend the majority of their waking hours in school - far more than in church or at home! We know schools have a huge impact on their attitudes, ideas and thinking: about themselves, the world, and God. Christian pupils, teachers and other school staff members feel increasingly pressurised, particularly as regards to living out their faith in the school context. They need God's help. Will you pray for them?
As Christians, we want pupils and teachers to know that God goes with them into the school community - and that their local church cares enough to pray. Knowing people are praying for you makes such a difference. By praying for your local school, you demonstrate God's heart for your community in a really tangible way. Prayer changes things. It makes a difference. Will you pray for your local school?
REGISTER THE SCHOOL YOU ARE PRAYING FOR BY COMPLETING THE FORM BELOW.
By registering your prayers for a school you are joining a network that stretches across the whole of Scotland. If you would like to link up with others praying for the same school as you, tick the box 'Link up'. We will then pass on your email address to the other person registered, inviting them to get in touch (which is at their own discretion). We'll send you a Pray for Schools Update (choose by post or email) three times a year with loads of stories, information and encouragement to keep praying. Finally, your school will appear on the list of prayed-for schools.
Praying for your school is one way of showing your church cares. There are many other ways you do this, and the Serve Your Local School website gives you lots of ideas you might like to try.
Another helpful website is Christian Values in Education Scotland. The website is a one-stop shop with resources for lessons and assemblies, case studies, detailed advice and links to numerous other websites that support schools work. CVE run courses and events throughout Scotland, providing training, information and networking for teachers, schools workers, chaplains, parents and volunteers.
As an individual. You don't need to have a relationship with a school to start praying, only a heart concern to pray. You can pray for your local school, or even one in another part of the country you once attended. If you know a child or young person at school - or a school staff member - you could commit to pray for them. Each year we produce special prayer bookmarks for Back to School with God Sunday. These are aimed at helping you pray consistently for one person, or a particular school. Get in touch if you would like some, for a small donation.
As a group. PFSS can help you link up with others praying for the same school. We have seen prayer groups form through people linking up with one another! Or why not begin a school prayer group, inviting pupils, parents, grandparents, church friends? Some schools prayer groups already meet in various locations across the country - check out where. They would love you to join them!
As a church. Regularly highlight your local school in your prayers and encourage others to pray for schools within a radius of your church. If you are a church leader, have you looked at our Back to School with God resources? These are free resources for leading an all-age service at the start of a new school year - ideal for supporting pupils and teachers in prayer!
The special event. If you are interested in holding a special prayer service to highlight the need for schools prayer and bring people from various churches together to pray, do get in touch. We can help with ideas and resources.
Our vision is to equip and resource both adults and young people to pray for schools. As part of this, Pray for Schools Scotland has several key prayer initiatives throughout the year... Back to School with God Sunday, SHINE in Schools and the Encounter youth prayer event.
FIND OUT MORE...
BACK TO SCHOOL WITH GOD SUNDAY - AUGUST
We provide resources for a complete all-age church service to affirm prayerful support for young people and school staff at the start of a new school year. Back to School with God resources are easy to use, appropriate for all ages, and the service has become a regular feature in many church calendars.
SHINE IN SCHOOLS - NOVEMBER
The SHINE in Schools project is aimed at motivating and encouraging SU Groups to share the love of Jesus in their school. If the school you have registered prayer for is involved, we will let you know.
ENCOUNTER - NOVEMBER AND MARCH
We are passionate about bringing young people together to encounter God in prayer. Encounter is aimed at P7-S6s. Led by young people, for young people, it provides a fantastic opportunity to explore prayer, have a fun day out, and enjoy time with your youth group. Cost: £5, booking required. Check out when and where at our Events Page.
Are my local schools being prayed for?
Download the 'Prayed for schools' document and find out. Even if a school is already being prayed for, please do register with us, as it keeps us up-to-date with what is happening around the country.