During the Covid-19 outbreak - What if we can make a difference in schools? We believe we can! And we believe it starts with prayer. Some of the Spinnaker Team have been putting in writing the cries of their hearts as we pray for schools. Please join us. We hope these prayers below will inspire our hearts and stir our faith as we bless and build up our schools: the leaders, staff, children and families, bringing peace and hope in these challenging times.
12/01/2021: We pray for our teachers as they adapt to changing circumstances and the challenges of teaching on-line; we know it must be hard, and pray that they will find encouragement and new skills along the way. We also pray for parents who have become teachers during this period and pray for families as they live, work, play and learn together – may they find ways of getting the most of this experience. We pray that you will bring peace where there is stress, hope where there is discouragement and love to those who feel isolated. Amen
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05/01/2021: Today we pray for the jugglers: The teachers that have to re-plan lessons with very little warning, whilst welcoming key-worker kids back into their classrooms. The staff that must personally navigate the complexities of being welcome and safe to the children in their care. The parents who must work and educate their children. And the children who are trying to understand who they can and cannot be with. Lord - let every juggler cast their cares to you, because YOU care even more for them (1 Peter 5:7)
24/11/2020: Dear Father, we pray for the children who, for various reasons, have been unable to return to school and have therefore been at home since last March. We ask for your blessing over their relationships in the home. Thank you that you are the God who "restores the years that the locusts have eaten", please cause them to flourish academically, mentally and socially in the weeks and months ahead. In Jesus' name Amen
17/11/2020: Lord, we thank you that we can bring our requests to you, both large and small. We pray, Lord, for our schools, that they might be places where Your love and protection are known and felt. We pray that children and staff will take care of each other. We pray that they will be able to enjoy as normal a school life as possible. Amen.
10/11/2020: Loving Father, who cares for all that you have made. Thank you that you know every hair on the head of each child and staff member in schools this term. We commit them to you during this lockdown period. Please protect all those who are particularly physically or emotionally vulnerable. Please give peace to the fearful. We ask that school time this week would be filled with learning and joy, even as everyone on school sites grapple with extra rules, restrictions and distancing. We lift up those making decisions nationally about attendance and exams this year that you might give them wisdom and a desire for good. Above all, we pray that many may have a chance this week to hear about you in some way and turn their faces towards your welcoming light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
03/11/2020: Dear Father, as we enter into a term that we were not entirely expecting, we pray for the resilience and resolve of teachers. We trust in Your hand at work in their decisions to run safely, smoothly, with each and every child’s welfare at the centre of their thoughts. Amen.
Be strong and courageous, you wonderful Teachers! – ‘God longs to be with you wherever you go!’ (Joshua 1.9)
26/10/2020: Dear Lord, You are our steadfast rock; in times of uncertainty we can always rely on you. We give thanks for our schools, for the children, for the teachers, for all that work tirelessly to help children to learn and grow. We pray they receive rest during this half term and can return refreshed. We pray that hearts and minds are open to learn about You. We also pray for protection from this virus and that schools are able to remain open during these difficult times. Please keep all the adults and children safe and well. In Jesus' name Amen
20/10/2020: Father God, We thank you for your loving kindness and faithfulness. You know our innermost thoughts and concerns and we thank you that we can turn to you, knowing that you hold on to us and guide us in all that we do. We pray for all our school leaders, please guide them, and give them wisdom as they work with their teams to provide centres of learning and creativity. Please bless all our teachers and school staff, may they inspire and motivate the children and young people in their care. Thank you for all that schools provide, safe havens and places of opportunity and learning. When everything else in our lives might seem so uncertain, we give thanks that our young people can continue to grow in confidence and enjoy learning and socialising with their friends. We pray that your peace and love will reign in our schools. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
13/10/2020: Dear Father in heaven, we pray help all of us in education to stand as a light, leading the way for our children to know You love us all the same regardless of race or colour and that we are all equal in Christ. Help us to stand for truth, equality and justice and to see your kingdom come and your will be done, in Jesus name, Amen.
06/10/2020: Dear Father, thank You for all Your fatherly care of us - Your provision, protection, discipline and love. We pray for our schools and all who work in them - Headteachers, teachers, all admin and support staff - that You would give them the health, energy and skill for all their tasks. We pray for wisdom for the Governors. And for the children we pray that You will help them to learn, and also to enjoy friendships and fun and the security of normal school routine. We pray all these things in the precious and mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
29/09/2020: Dear God, Thank you for all those who are involved in the care, education and nurture of children and young people. We pray that they would know your peace and guidance in these uncertain times and that you would give them wisdom in each decision that has to be made. Thank you that you know our individual circumstances and that you promise to be with us. Please surround us all with your love and care and remind us that you are always there to listen and provide. Amen (#deuteronomy31_6)
22/09/2020: Father God thank you that you promise to be our refuge and fortress. Thank you that you draw close to us as we draw close to you and that we can always totally trust in you. Thank you for our schools, all our families and all the staff who work in them. As we get used to being back at school together please protect us and keep us all safe and secure. Please give wisdom to those in authority that they may act in our best interests and make wise decisions.Father we thank you that you are full of compassion, kindness and grace, please help our schools to be an expression of your love to everyone. Amen.
15/09/2020: Dear God, we pray for our schools. We pray that the children and adults have settled into their new ways of working, moving around and being with each other in school. We pray that the children are enjoying learning and playing together with their bubble-mates and that they have been able to adjust to working in class again. We pray for those who are troubled or anxious, who are finding this new life difficult to be in. We pray for those children who have been bereaved and those who feel loss from all the changes that have happened. We pray that they will receive the support they need and that you will give them peace, comfort and acceptance. Surround them with your love, Father God. Amen.
08/09/2020: Father God, all good things come from you and are for us to discover, learn about and enjoy. We don’t always remember to thank you and we often get distracted from your gifts by the things that weight down, worry and challenge us. You are a God who cares and meets us where we are. Moving into a new term we thank you for all that we have enjoyed over the summer and for all that is to come as we reconnect with colleagues and friends. Thank you for the successes in learning last year and for the determination in teachers and children to press forward this year. Thank you for the childlike hope and good humour that can often be found in our classrooms and for the fact that it is though these simple things that we can face anguish, despair, stress, conflict and any number of seemingly unassailable obstacles.We pray for this term, this week, this day, that in every moment your Spirit would help us to seek out and find the good, the pure and the lovely so that we can enjoy the present and look to the future with hope. By Jesus’ example. Amen
01/09/2020: Dear Father God, as our schools re-open and the children enjoy meeting up with their friends, classmates and teachers again, we pray for all who are working hard to make school a place where the children feel safe and able to catch up on missed lessons. Please give parents peace of mind in sending their children back to school and teachers wisdom, encouragement and patience as they help their classes adjust to new ways of working. We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen
14/07/2020: Lord God, as we come to the end of term we pray that you pour out your blessings on to teachers and pupils. Energy and strength to see through these last few days. Joy and friendship to end the year well, and say good farewells to each other as classes change, teachers move and Yr6s transition. Peace and resolve to rest well over the summertime. Foresight and discernment to be prepared for the next academic year. We also pray for parents who have had to take on the mantle of schooling at home - fill them with relief and give them space this summer. In Jesus name. Amen
07/07/2020: Dear God, Thank you for your love and care. Thank you that you know all about us and about how we feel. Today we particularly lift up to you all the Year Six Pupils who are in the last few weeks of term. We ask that you would bless them with good memories of primary school and help them as they prepare for a smooth transition to secondary school in September. For those who are feeling sad, disappointed or angry at missing out on the fun and excitement of plays, school journeys, friends and parties we pray that you, the God of HOPE, will fill them with JOY. For those who are fearful or frightened, surround them with your LOVE. For those who are worried, fill them with your PEACE, and for those who are sad or hurting we ask that you would comfort them and bring HEALING. Help us to TRUST in your unfailing love at all times. Amen
30/06/2020: Dear Father, We pray for our schools and the staff, teachers and children at this uncertain and confusing time. As they navigate a new way of doing school, a new way of teaching and learning and a new way of playing and socialising, we pray that you will look after their hearts and minds and they will know your peace which passes all understanding. We pray that our resources, and particularly our assemblies, will bring a sense of familiarity, some fun, an experience of faith and bring your light and hope into every situation. Amen
23/06/2020: Dear Father, We give thanks for all the teachers in our schools as they plan for those children who are attending school and also for those who are learning at home. They are working so hard to cope with this very different way of teaching and we ask for wisdom for them and also Head teachers who have so many difficult decisions to make. May they all know your peace and strength, physically and mentally. Help them to find the best ways of inspiring our youngsters and help them also to be able to reassure all their parents and pupils during these unusual times. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen
16/06/2020: Dear God, This is a time of confusion for children, parents and teachers. Some are back at school, some would love to be, some are unable to be. There are children for whom home is a place of insecurity and even fear. Others are nervous about going back to school and will miss the security of home. We pray for wise decisions to be made for every child. In Your name Jesus we pray. Amen
08/06/2020: Dear Father and God of truth and justice, we pray for all of us in the education system that we will able to understand the imperative of justice and equality. Help us to be brave to speak, brave to listen - and hear, brave to act and to keep acting in ways that will promote equality, healing, repentance, forgiveness and a determination to pursue justice, liberty and equal opportunity. In Your name Jesus we pray. Amen
01/06/2020: Dear Father, we pray for our schools today! We know that each school is different and that some children will be returning to school and others will not. We pray for peace and wisdom for the Heads, teachers, and parents as well as strength as the continue to adjust to changing demands. Bless the children Lord and keep them safe and calm and help them to adjust to the changes or strengthen them to accept that school is continuing from home for the time being. We pray Dear Lord, and thank you, for your provision, love and bright hope for the days ahead. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
19/05/2020: We ask You to bless All your dear Children, Lord! Keep them safe and well and help them to feel secure despite all the uncertainty of what will happen next. Help them to cope with home schooling too, and to remember that their parents are not teachers and may not have all the answers. Help them all to enjoy learning new things together! Please, especially, help the families where parents have the pressure of working from home themselves as well! You know, Lord, most of the children are missing their friends, the interaction with classmates and teaching staff, as well as the clubs they may have been attending. Help them to come to know you as their friend at this difficult time. Please be with those children still attending school because their parents are keyworkers. It must be strange for them, and for the staff that are in school, with 'social distancing' even in the playground! And for those parents who are keyworkers, having to take their children in, when perhaps their friends are safe at home. Please bless them and keep them all safe in the frontline! In everything, Lord, help them all to know Your love and peace, give patience to parents, and joy and blessings to each family. Amen
11/05/2020: Dear Lord, we ask You, especially, to be with and strengthen all Heads of schools as they manage the responsibilities and the changing circumstances they may face. Give them Your wisdom in the best ways to help both staff and children and supporting parents who are home schooling. And please be with these parents Lord. Some are enjoying this time of blessing with their children. We pray for strength and grace for those at home who are finding it difficult to cope, not only with the curriculum, but perhaps with sibling relationships and possible financial concerns as well. Please help them to access everything they need. We think especially of those parents coping alone, or in confined living spaces. Thank You that You care for them all. Amen
04/05/2020: Dear Lord, Thank you that You are always with us, even in these difficult times. Thank you for all the schools that Spinnaker would be visiting, help them to remember us and to know that we are still there for them, to support and encourage staff, parents and children, even if we cannot be there. Please be with all the teaching and support staff and everyone who would usually be at work in our schools. We know that they will be missing the interaction with the children and each other, help them to adjust to these changing circumstances. Amen
27/04/2020: Lord Jesus, You are our brother and our friend. In these days of the virus be close to us, here in our school. Bless the children, the teachers and all who work here. Protect us from harm and keep us safe. Look after our families Lord. Help us all to reach out to others with your hands Jesus, your eyes, your kindness and your love. Give us generous hearts Lord Jesus so that we can be you, in our schools and our homes each day. Amen.
20/04/2020: Lord Jesus, when you walked on this earth with us, you touched peoples hearts with the power of your healing love. In these days of the virus, we ask you to touch us again, touch our families, touch our schools and children and staff, touch or homes, touch our worry, touch our sadness and our grief. Fill us Lord, with faith that we may place all our trust in you and feel the gentle and powerful touch of your hope in our lives. Amen
30/03/2020: Father we lift our schools and our children to you in the second week of closure. We lift the school leaders having to make difficult decisions. We pray for safety for staff and children as they work together. We pray for families cooped up together in an unprecedented way and for worries about resources jobs and salaries. Please remind us that you told us not to worry. Like for the birds of the air and the little sparrows you will care for us. Even the hairs on our heads are counted. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
20/03/2020: Dear Father, Please bring a sense of calm and peace to all children and staff in schools. Help teachers who are tired at this time and would be looking forward to the Easter holiday to be able to give support to children and families who need it. We ask that these measures being taken will have a dramatic effect on the spread of the virus so that life will be able to return to normal before too long. We have talked a lot this term about children reading and we pray that children will continue to grow in their learning through reading and exploring at home. Amen.
17/03/2020: Father we pray for those in leadership in our schools, for all teachers and schools staff, for the pupils and the parents and carers - for wisdom, peace, protection and provision during this unsettled time. May they know Your grace, strength and comfort. May we all work together to support, love and honour one another that hope, resilience and compassion may triumph. In Jesus name, Amen
As a team and as individuals we value your prayers as we seek to enhance Christian education in primary schools. We aim to provide high quality Christian input, following the curriculum set by the school's locally agreed syllabus. We appreciate prayer that we continue to get the content right, and can develop relationships built with schools and staff over many years.
We are in constant demand from schools wanting to receive visits from Spinnaker. To meet these requests, we are always on the lookout for quality people to work with us in schools. Whether they are voluntary or paid, a growing team requires growing financial resources. Please pray that the needs are met with people and finances.
Children, parents, teachers and support staff are all involved in making schools the places where our future is shaped. From many directions those in schools face pressure - whether it is to learn or to teach; to keep records or to balance the books, the pressure is there. Even if you know nothing about your local school, or the challenges they face, pray for them. You may like to see our adapted version of the Lord's prayer below – many have found this inspirational when praying for schools work
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