As I write this latest posting we have just experienced
the hottest day of the year and all is looking set fair for a lovely summer
holiday for everyone – do hope that isn’t a case of ‘famous last words’! We wish everyone reading this an enjoyable
and safe summer, and for those involved in our schools, a well-earned rest!

During the last term it was our great privilege to join
with thousands of other people with a heart for the children of our nation by celebrating
‘Pray for Schools Fortnight’. This is an annual event, celebrated nationally
under the directive of Pray for Schools (www.prayforschools.org). The vision of ‘Pray for Schools Fortnight’ is
to bring together people from local churches and others involved in education –
parents, students, teachers, governors, staff and volunteers – to pray
strategically for schools in their area and those involved in them.

This year the fortnight ran from 8th – 20th
May, the theme being ‘Freedom’, taking the verse from 2 Corinthians 3 v 17: “For the Lord is the Spirit and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is
there is freedom!”
As a Schools
Prayer Group we wanted to encourage those we pray for by our prayers and also
through words of encouragement which we e-mailed through to them during the fortnight. In addition, over the fortnight we took a
plant and card to all of the nurseries, playgroups, schools and school-related
organisations we pray for. As well as blessing them it blessed us to
receive their gratitude and have the opportunity to build on our relationship
with each one. We received some very
positive and encouraging responses:

St. Paul’s Catholic
College: Thank you. Very much needed! We do appreciate
your support and prayers for our school community.

East to West (youth organization): Your
encouragement card arrived this morning and we are so grateful. There is
something special about knowing that you are underpinning our work with such a
blanket of prayer. It really does make a difference. Thank
you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manor Mead Special
Needs School: What a lovely inspirational time 🙂 Thank you for our plant
and card – a lovely way to brighten up the staffroom .

FACT (Faith
Awareness in Children Trust): Hi all our friends in the Prayer Group. I
just wanted to say thank you so much for these words of encouragement and for
praying for us in such a wonderful way this morning. I do hope you have a
prayer time full of deep and rich blessings. It is such a support and
encouragement for us to know you surround our work with your prayers.

Sunbury Manor
Senior School: Thanks for your faithfulness in prayer.

Halliford
School: At our church, we have recently had a sermon series on
‘encouragement’. I realise that I have been very blessed with the encouragement
from your group. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and care over the
years.

Bishop Wand CE
Senior School: Great work guys. Thanks for praying for us.

Here are a few of our grateful recipients:

Head Teacher, Bethan Smith with School Business Manager, Sam Keefe at

Springfield School, Sunbury


Staff at Springtime Nursery, Shepperton


Staff members Jo and Alice at Manor Mead School, Shepperton