From this year Education Sunday will mark the beginning of the Academic Year. It is an opportunity for Christians to pray for all those who nurture and educate young lives.
The family of schools in the Diocese of Liverpool is flourishing and diverse. Joint schools with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the United Reformed and the Methodist churches; Academies, Voluntary Aided and Controlled schools; Secondaries and Primaries, large schools and small ones, urban and rural. Being a church school enables pupils to be connected with schools across the dioceses, the nation and the world. We will seek to develop further relationships with our link dioceses and between us.
Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good
The beginning of the new term also marks the arrival of our new Director of Education; Richard Peers has worked in all phases of the school system as a teacher, Head teacher, chaplain, Governor and more. The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to Bigger Church, Bigger Difference. On taking up his post Father Richard said:
"Deeply Christian – serving the common good,
Bigger Difference – Bigger Church
More Jesus - More Justice
All these sum up the desire all Christian educators have to make a difference, to be world-changers because we believe in Jesus. I am deeply honoured to be able to take on the task of working with the family of schools in the Diocese of Liverpool and sharing the excellent practice in our school. I believe passionately that children flourish when we are unapologetically Christian and inclusive of all. I look forward to getting to know the diocese and every one of our schools and will be praying for them daily and especially on this Education Sunday: ‘on our lips your truth, in our hearts your love’.”
Send your holy angels
to watch over our schools, colleges, and universities
Over all who teach, work and learn in them;
Over all families and households;
and over each one of us,
that on our lips will be found your truth
and in our hearts your love;
so we may ever taste your goodness
in the land of the living;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Adapted from Psalm Prayer 34, Common Worship Daily Prayer,
The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England]