Religious Education (RE) has the capacity to build up the lives and confidence of our children and young people today. It offers the opportunity to support tolerant and compassionate interactions with those in and across our wider local community and globally.
Want to find out more about the important work of the RE Council and its place in today’s world? You can subscribe the the monthly newsletter of the RE Council HERE.
The Free Churches Group have representatives on the RE Council of England and Wales.
THE RE COUNCIL'S MISSION - WORKING TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN THE PROVISION OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
Why does RE matter?
“The ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities, and how these may shape their culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for children in modern day Britain. Explaining religious and non-religious worldviews in an academic way allows young people to engage with the complexities of belief, avoid stereotyping and contribute to an informed debate.” (from the RE Council website)
Please join us as we pray for teachers, especially those teaching RE, children and young people, schools and our churches - that they may be places of learning, wisdom, compassion and peace.
A date for your diary - Pray Day for Schools coming up on third Tuesday of November. Click HERE for further information.
Here are a couple of prayers to share for you and your churches:
A prayer for teachers - Dear God, grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small - yet incredibly important - ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come. Amen.
2. Prayer from FCG Member Church - from the prayer resources of the URC
“Lord Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, we are your people, people of the way.
Light our path.
Show us Your way clearly and compellingly.
Through complexity, diversity, dissent, make Your will known,
make Your will shown – in our lives and in our Church.
We give thanks for Your call which gave birth to our Church many years ago.
Help us now to hear Your call afresh.
Like a cool wind on a hot day, blow us out and about, people of the way,
healing, life-giving, wise and faith-full. Amen”
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