Back to School with God Sunday

A Back to School with God Sunday church service is a fantastic way to pray for and support your young people and school staff at the start of a new school year.

It is an excellent bridge between church and school, and an encouragement to Christian pupils and staff to consider the fact that God is not confined to church, but goes with them to school.


A wide variety of churches, both large and small, some with few children and others with many, mark the start of a new academic year by holding a Back to School with God Sunday service. There is no set date for Back to School with God Sunday – pick a date at the end of August or early September that suits.

Back to School with God Sunday aims to:

  • raise awareness of prayer for schools in general and the need for prayer for local schools in particular;
  • support and encourage Christian pupils and staff in their daily life at school, and as part of this, to let them know they are valued and prayed for by the local church;
  • challenge Christian pupils and staff to live out their faith in the school environment, and in particular to support any Christian witness in their school.

All denominations have used our resources, and not just in the UK but across the world. Many churches use the service as an outreach to school staff, inviting them along. It is recommended that you involve children and young people in the service, particularly in praying for their schools.

Register Your Service 

We invite you to register your church’s participation simply to give us an idea of how widely used the resources are, and to give us an opportunity to hear your feedback.

Click Here to download your free resources…