Prayers at the start of a new academic year...

In my wider community, church and family life, I have been enjoying hearing about all the children, young people and adults who are starting new academic years.

September, with its seasonal shift to autumn, is often seen as a time of new opportunities and fresh starts. A time perhaps to turn over a new leaf or dig deeper and grow in our faith?

There are lots of different types of ways in which we engage with learning, at all different ages of our lives… whether in church, school, college, Bible study groups or community learning… here is prayer for you to share in your church or house group or to pray through in your personal devotions…

Loving God, We pray for all of those in formal and informal education: for those in colleges, universities, in our churches, our Bible study groups, our local schools, for those throughout our community centres, in evening classes and those exploring new pathways. Guide them and support them.

We pray that it is a time of transformation, joy, challenge, personal growth and vocational.
We pray for those in training for ministry and Christian service in our own denominations and across the member churches of the Free Churches Group.

We pray for the students and tutors involved in theological education and ministerial formation. May God uphold, provoke and guide them.

We pray for all those who are on a path to seek 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10).

Loving God, encourage us to keep praying on this, to learn and share more about the gift of
education and to act with courage, conscience and conviction in your name!

In Jesus' name, our friend and teacher, Amen

Coming up this weekend - Education Sunday - click here for resources to share and pray with

Prayer and article by Sara Iles, FCG Education Asst

(photo courtesy of Stephen Ellis at Unsplash)