Each Sunday we offer a prayer reflecting on issues in the news or in the life of The Children's Society.

You can find the prayers for the month below, or available for download as a PDF.

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We would encourage you to use the prayer in your personal devotions, in your church service, or by printing it in your church notice sheet.

However you use them, please do join us as we pray with and for children and young people.

 

5 October

God who embraces all as your children, 

We ask that our church might be a place 

of welcome and belonging for all.  

Would you help us, 

by the power of your Holy Spirit, 

not to judge by outward appearance, 

but delight in being a place of community open to all and loving all – 

as we remember that each of us is made in your image.

Amen

 

Activity

For Sunday School or Junior Church, write on a large mirror some of the words and phrases from scripture that describe who we are, such as 'child of God', 'God's handiwork' and 'fearfully and wonderfully made'.

Encourage children and young people to stand in front of the mirror and remember those truths the next time they look at themselves.

 

12 October

We pray for parents and carers.  

Grant them peace.  

By the power of your Holy Spirit, 

help them to bring everything to you in prayer, 

know that you are interested in their worries and cares, 

and that you love them unconditionally.

Even as they worry for the children in their care,

may they know your presence with them.

Amen

 

19 October

Lord God, 

We thank you for the gift of children.  

We pray for all children in our church, school, community and home. 

Would we love and cherish them, would we value them as you value them.

We pray for children who feel as they don’t belong anywhere.

May they know that they are loved, cherished and valued.

Help us, by the power of your Holy Spirit to be a role model and an encouragement to children we know. 

Amen

 

26 October

Our prayer is based on Philippians 4.1-9.

Lord God, we pray for our culture and our society.  

We ask for courageous leaders 

who will shape the environments they have influence in, 

the media, politics, business, work, school.

We pray for an ethos that values each person,

that will not promote certain ideas of appearance and beauty over others 

but that, in all things, we might have a society that values what is honourable, just and pure.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus your Son, 

who was brave and courageous as he supported the needs of all.

Amen