CCSW is committed to helping Churches build bridges with their local schools. Although our resources are tried and tested, they may not fit your context. This page is designed to point you in the direction of other quality resources available to help you in your Schools Ministry.
PRAY FOR SCHOOLS is an exciting new initiative, encouraging Christians to hold events that will increase prayer for schools in their area. The vision is to bring together people from local churches and those involved in education – parents, pupils, teachers, meals supervisors, Governors and anyone else with a heart for young people – to pray strategically for schools in their area and those involved in them.
OPEN THE BOOK offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible in an interactive and enjoyable way during assembly times. Teams of Christians from local churches tell the stories in a 10-15 minute presentation. This can be incorporated into a wider school assembly, or stand alone.
All the Year One stories are taken from The Lion Storyteller Bible written by Bob Hartman, and give an overview of the Bible from Creation to the Ascension. There are a further 2 years of themed material for those schools (and teams) who wish to continue. It is a mark of OPEN THE BOOK’s popularity that most schools continue with the programme!
OPEN THE BOOK fulfils both OFSTED and SIAS (Church School Inspection) requirements for Collective Worship, and has been successfully used in a multi-faith context. Click here for more information about Open the Book.
BIBLE-BASED ASSEMBLIES are exactly what they say. They are assembly ideas for collective worship, based on Biblical characters and/or truths found in the Bible. All assemblies have been developed and used by experienced schools workers and have been previously published by Scripture Union.
As well as tried and tested Collective Worship outlines, the website contains a number of useful articles on preparing and delivering high quality Assemblies in a school. To visit the site, click here.
“PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS enable children and young people to explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective in a safe, creative and interactive way. A range of flexible resources can be adapted to work for participants aged 5 to 18 bringing an experiential dimension to a variety of subject areas and to pastoral aspects of school life.”
‘The Prayer Room is a great opportunity for students to have an experience of prayer rather than solely learning about prayer in RE lessons. The Prayer Room facilitates the opportunity for students to learn from RE, rather than just to learn about RE. The different ways for students to engage with prayer, whilst in the prayer room, enables all young people to have a fresh understanding of what prayer means, rather than seeing it just in a traditionally dry way.’ Reverend Alan Perry – Head Teacher, St Edwards CE School and Sixth Form College
Click here for more information about Prayer Spaces in Schools