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Bible Soc: Pray for those in education
My niece started secondary school this week! She was excited to show me her new uniform and talk about the friends she hopes to make but she was also a little anxious. Like many children, she hasn’t been to school for several months, the normal rhythms of life have been disrupted and there’s uncertainty about what lies ahead.
As the school term begins, we want to remember all those involved in education and cover them in prayer. It’s the perfect time to do it as this Sunday marks Back to School Sunday and Sunday 13 September is Education Sunday.
To help you prepare for your Sunday services, we’ve put together some prayer points for inspiration and provided links to great resources created by the organisations Pray for Schools and Churches Together in England.
We would also appreciate your prayers for Open the Book, our incredible project to share Bible stories in primary schools across England and Wales. Please pray that children will be blessed and encounter the Bible for themselves as this important work continues within government guidelines.
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PS: Looking for Harvest resources? Open the Book and Trussell Trust have worked together to produce a new Harvest assembly which can be adapted for your service.
Next week our Daily Reflections, following the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan, will be focusing on the book of Ezekiel. If you find some of the visions and prophecies in the book hard to understand, you’re not alone and our handy reading guide is there to help.
In this week’s episode of the Trusting the Bible podcast, Dr Andrew Ollerton and Dr Chee-Chiew Lee delve further into her research on persecution and what it means to take risks in the Gospel of John. Listen now and subscribe ready for the next episode.
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‘Before lockdown, bookshops had been struggling anyway. Because we own the building, we were insulated from some of the trials on the high street, where rents and rates have been going up. But we have been fighting for every penny.
‘Then coronavirus hit. We took the view that we needed to close the bookshop and the coffee shop that we run. All the staff, including me, went on furlough for two months.
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Posted on 6 Sep 2020