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Praying for Schools

​Prayer Meetings

Fiona, Jacqueline, the CaSS trustees and others meet to pray each month (during term time) for Sheffield schools. You are very welcome to join us. Please contact us for details of venue, dates and times.

Prayer Cards

CaSS has created a pack of prayer cards to help you pray for schools. Each card has one word or topic to prompt your prayers. The cards have been designed to cover open-ended topics and to help you pray for teachers, pupils, other school staff and more. There are 35 cards as the pack was created in 2020 to celebrate 35 years of CaSS. The cards can be printed off for personal, group or church use. You can view them in a slideshow or download them in postcard size for printing here. We hope you find them useful. Thank you for joining with us in prayer for Sheffield schools.

List of Sheffield Schools to Pray For

If you'd like to pray for each school in Sheffield by name, you can download a list of all the schools here. Please help us make every school in Sheffield a prayed-for school!

Pray Day for Schools

Each year Pray Day for Schools hosts a Pray Day for Schools in November. Find out more here. You can download our PrayDay guide for lots of inspiration for schools-related prayers. Below are some prayers you might find helpful when praying for schools.

Resource Links

CARE: Ten ways to pray for schools

CARE (Christian Action, Research and Education) has a helpful resource on their website that gives you ten ways that you can pray for schools. Click on the image or title to read it.

Church of England: A Prayer for exam stress

From the Church of England:

keep reminding me of the bigger picture over the next few weeks,
keep me in your hands when all other hands disappear,
for I am convinced that neither entry requirements nor exam results,
neither anticipation nor doubts, neither success nor failure, nor any expectations,
neither last minute fears nor anxieties, nor anything else in life,

will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Please, don't let me forget it!

Church of England: A Prayer for the New School Year

Loving God, let me be strong today
as I meet new people in new places.
Make me brave when I am worried,
show me how to learn from everyone around me,
and help me to do my very best. Amen.


O God, the strength of my life,
make known your will for me in this place:
help me to discover friends among strangers,
to meet opportunities and challenges eagerly,
and to do my daily tasks in your name.
Give me strength to overcome my worries,
and preserve me in your safe keeping,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Church of England: Ways to pray for your local school

The Church of England has a page on its website giving ways we can be praying for and supporting our local schools. 

Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

The Wall is a project to build a landmark of 1 million bricks, each brick representing an answered prayer. The Wall will be built alongside a motorway giving it maximum exposure. This could be useful to look at if you are doing a lesson on prayer. You could look at Jews praying at the Western Wall alongside this.

Pray for Schools

The vision of Pray for Schools is to mobilise Christians to support their school communities through prayer. Their website offers great resources and ideas, including this prayer workshop on the armour of God, which are good for school prayer groups.

Make a real commitment to support your local schools through regular prayer. Pray for Schools have produced a short video to highlight the need and to encourage Christians to support schools through prayer.  You can watch it here.

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer spaces enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. They have a nine step guide to setting up a prayer space. Click on the image to view it.

Text Prayer

If you are working in or supporting a school and you are facing a challenge A.C.T. (Association of Christian Teachers) would love to support you in prayer. Use their free TEXT prayer service by texting 07483 321 643.

The Lord's Prayer

This downloadable poster of the Lord's Prayer is a lovely resource to put up on a wall, or frame for a gift. In a classroom, you could cut it up into 6 pieces and ask children to put it back into the right order. Click here or on the picture to download the poster.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join.

World Prayer Centre

Fiona recently wrote an article for the World Prayer Centre magazine, emphasising the need for God's kingdom to come in schools, and encouraging us to commit to praying for that. You can read the article here.

A prayer for school staff. From Lightspace, written by Nel Shallow:

Lightspace prayer Jan 2021

A prayer for Open the Book schools. Written by Fiona Walton:

Open the book prayer
Lit tealights, salt and names of schools
Handwritten paper notes of children's dreams and prayers
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