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Education Sunday 2016 Education Sunday



For well over a hundred years there has been an annual recognition of Education Sunday in England and Wales.

It is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education.

The theme is devised by an ecumenical steering group representing different Christian denominations and organisations.

For some years it has been celebrated on the ninth Sunday before Easter. However, from 2016, after extensive consultation, it has moved to coincide with the start of the school year. From this year onwards, Education Sunday will be the second Sunday in September. In 2016 this was Sunday 11 September. 

The resources below are intended to be used as a springboard for a variety of events on or around Education Sunday.

Order of Service

National Prayer Points

Lectionary Reading

Hymns and Songs

Education Sunday Flag

Collective Worship Resource for KS1 & 2

Briefing on Education in 2016


Lectionary Readings

The readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, around which the resources have been developed are as follows;

Jeremiah: 4.11-12, 22-28
Psalms: 14
1 Timothy: 1.12-17
Luke: 15.1-10

The Catholic lectionary readings are;

Exodus: 32.7-11, 13-14
Psalms: 50.3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy: 1.12-17
Luke: 15.1-32 or 1-10

Education Sunday is coordinated by Churches Together in England and the resources are developed by an ecumenical steering group.

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