6th September 2019

Pray For Schools Autumn Update

Date for the teenage diary
Another school year has begun.
It struck me this week how such
a simple event is of great
national importance. There is a
build up to the return to school.
Shops everywhere depend on
the trade of selling school
uniforms. TV and newspapers
recently reported the delivery
of SQA exam results, which
affected thousands of families.
And the results have
implications not just for the
individuals concerned and their
immediate family, but for
colleges, universities, and of
course schools, who may see
young people returning who
previously had planned to leave!
Headteachers, teachers and
support staff are now involved
in training, logistics and
planning as well as class contact
with children. Then there are
janitors, office and kitchen staff
who have to check equipment,
take delivery of new resources,
prepare spreadsheets and order
food…which in turn keeps many
businesses afloat. There are
hundreds of ‘lollipop’ people
back on duty and thousands of
Scottish children on the move
each day as bus companies (and
parents) have resumed
transporting pupils back and
forward. The list goes on.
It is a busy time, and also an
expensive one. Independent
Schools in particular have long
lists of equipment and uniform,
and then there are fees for
music lessons, sports
equipment, school trips and
extra-school tutoring costs. For
families who are struggling
financially, the return to school
is a real pressure. The school
clothing grant doesn’t stretch to
providing the ‘cool’ brands that
15-year-olds demand in order
not to stand out as different.
And sometimes the struggle is
well hidden. One single mum of
four took to asking friends and
family for loans: it was only after
an enquiry from the local church
as to whether she had
everything she needed that she
revealed some essentials were
still unbought. The church
family was more than happy to
step in and help, sharing the
love of Christ in a practical way.
That mum is just one of many.
Debt doesn’t just affect adults
either. The

Commission’s 2018 survey
Commission’s 2018 survey
reports that in the week prior to
the survey 14% of 11-16s spent
their own money on gambling –
a higher percentage than
spending on drink, smoking or
drugs. In this Update, hear how
some volunteers are tackling
the problem as an expression of
prayerful concern for their local
school. Giving a helping hand
and leading by example is what
we are all encouraged to do!
Tell the rich people to do good,
to be rich in doing good deeds,
to be generous and ready to
1 Timothy 6:18
Elizabeth McDowall
Schools Prayer Coordinator
Inside this issue:

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Teaching money
Sharing Skills for
SHINE in Schools
Schools prayer
Schools added to
Autumn prayer
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Pray for Schools Scotland
SU Scotland, 70 Milton Street,
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Go Conference for S4-S6s
Fri 11–Mon 14 October
Lendrick Muir
Are you keen to encourage senior pupils to
live for Jesus in school? Then direct them
to the Go Conference!
Bible teaching, worship, workshops and
fellowship with other young Christians
across Scotland aimed at helping young
people grow in their relationship with God
and live out their faith in school. Cost: £92.
Book at suholidays.org.uk/go
Teaching money management
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Debt Help
(capuk.org) has become well-known across
Scotland in the last few years, helping many
families out of poverty. Helping prevent debt is
equally important! Two Inverness churches are
seeking to support schools in educating young
people to handle money wisely.

Christian Centre
Christian Centre
King’s Fellowship
King’s Fellowship
together had great opportunity to serve several
high schools over a number of years by delivering
CAP Money Youth
CAP Money Youth
CAP Money Kids
CAP Money Kids
programmes in schools. Last academic year CAP
Money Youth has been delivered in Culloden
Academy, Fortrose Academy, Inverness High
School, Inverness Royal Academy and Millburn
Academy, as well as primary schools across the
city. Chris Dowling, co-pastor of King’s, emailed to
share what happens. If you pray for these schools,
you might want to pray for this ministry. If
elsewhere, maybe this is something you might
like to pray about in your own local context.
Chris, what is CAP Money Youth & Kids?
CAP Money Youth is a practical, interactive
workshop that gives 14-16 year olds tools to avoid
money mismanagement, equipping them to
identify income and expenditure and build a
balanced budget so they can live within their
means, regardless of their income levels at any
given time. The multi-media presentations are
engaging and flexible enough
to offer schools a variety of
presentation opportunities—
ideally over two school
periods (45-60 minutes
each), but it can be adapted
to a condensed course or
even to whole year groups.
How does it fit the
A key factor as to why CAP
Money is welcomed is that it
helps Headteachers deliver
the Developing the Young
Workforce (DYW)
programme. DYW is the Scottish Government’s
flagship policy for youth unemployment, overseen
by Deputy First Minister with cross-party support.
DYW is designed to be an employer-led
programme with regional groups across Scotland
looking at the transition from education into the
workplace. We have found that Headteachers
are very responsive when we explain that CAP
Money helps prepare pupils for living away from
home if going on to Further or Higher Education,
or for helping those starting work to know how
to handle a regular wage for the first time.
How well is the programme received?
Schools are under pressure to deliver more with
less resources, so when a church offers to deliver
a money management course for them at no cost,
we have found open doors! Perhaps CAP Money
Youth or Kids could be a great way for your
church to serve your local school and build up
trust and a relationship with them, particularly if
the school is reticent about having an SU Group at
the current time. Here’s what one Headteacher
said in an email following our presentation:
‘Thank you so much for all the work you and your
team put in for our pupils. I have heard nothing
but good things about your sessions from pupils
and staff. I would absolutely be interested in
staying in contact to see where we can work
together again. The programme for next year’s
S6 would be a great start!’
What do churches need to do?
Training to deliver CAP Money is required and
there are costs for the resources. Training has
been held in Inverness in the past, but training
tends to be in the central belt of Scotland.
Contact CAP in Scotland in the first instance:
email colincampbell@capuk.org. As for costs, for
£20 per month your church can train three
coaches each year, with a resource allowance of
up to £70 a year and free student, youth and
children’s packs.
A team also needs to be formed.
We have about seven people from
three churches regularly working
in the schools. As for time
commitment, it depends on how
the schools want the programme
delivered but on average we go
into school for about an hour and a
half each time and the course is
delivered over two sessions. If we
are doing a whole year group in
one go, the commitment may be
visiting the school for 2 x 90
minute sessions on consecutive
weeks. If they split the year groups
then we could be in the school for several weeks.
And prayer? Where does that fit in?
Before each session the team pray for favour in
the school we are working in. We recognize what
an opportunity we have to deliver Kingdom
principles into the heart of the education system
and our constant prayer is that teachers will see
the benefit. We also pray that help sheets we give
out with further advice and contact details find
their way to homes, so if there is a family
struggling financially, they can reach out for help.
Sharing Skills for Life
Janice Clark-Dick has been a
volunteer helper in her local
South Lanarkshire schools for
many years, using her
practical gifts to help others.
My background is in banking,
and when my daughter was in
primary school (she is now 26!) the Headteacher
explored setting up a Credit Union Bank. I quickly
became involved: as a volunteer parent helper
and as an ex-banker, this matched my skill set. I
responded to the need and have been happy to
serve God in this way ever since, long after my
daughter has left the school.
Initially I was asked to attend meetings and to
give advice as to how to proceed. One condition
of operating a Credit Bank at school level is that
the school guarantees a person who is prepared
to oversee all the week-to-week running, balance
cash and mark up passbooks, working alongside a
Credit Union volunteer who attends the school on
a weekly basis. I was happy to commit to this.
We agreed on a time: Thursdays at 9.15am. Pupils
would be involved in its running, supervised by
myself and the volunteer from the Union Bank.
Credit Union organised a launch, with application
forms being issued to interested pupils. These
were returned to the Credit Union via the school
and our customer base was established. Initially
we had approximately 75 pupils involved out of a
school roll of 350+. Over the 10 years it has been
running this has dropped to about 15, for a
number of reasons. Discussions between the
Credit Union and our new Headteacher will result
in a ’big push’ at the start of this new school year
and hopefully result in more pupils taking part.
I feel the Credit Union is a very positive thing to
do in schools. It teaches children the good habit
of saving—even 20p a week adds up! I have seen
pupils become very excited about their savings
growing, and excited about having saved holiday
or Christmas money.
The pupil helpers who work with us benefit too.
They learn new skills, such as counting money,
marking up passbooks, making account lists and
adding up the day’s total to ensure that the
money all balances. It gives the children
confidence in working with figures and also
teaches them to work and cooperate with other
people – key skills that we hope will stay with
them for life.
Serving on the Credit Union has given me an
opportunity to get to know a variety of pupils in a
different environment from my other main
involvement in the school, which is through sport.
In addition to using my banking skills I have been
coaching P6 and P7 girls’ football for almost 15
years, taking the girls to many tournaments and
occasionally winning silverware! Tournaments are
usually midweek and involve an afternoon away
from the school, with pupils bussed to the
relevant venues. It is a good all-round experience
for youngsters, who are expected to behave in a
responsible manner. Any out of order behaviour
results in a yellow then red card! Again, this is
rewarding. I
have seen pupils who
have struggled in the
school environment
positively blossom
on a football field. I
also help the school
with cross country
competitions and
sports hall athletics.
We have to
remember that not
all children are
academic, and sport
is great for
improving self-
esteem and
teaching other skills
like teamwork, as
well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
I am not able to speak about faith in school, but
hopefully they see by the way I act and speak the
difference that Jesus makes. Being a familiar face
about school also helps when my church runs
school workshops at Christmas, Easter and
around transition time in June. I walk the children
from school to the church and serve on the team.
It is good for the children to see a recognisable
face when they come in and good for them to
know that I am a Christian and part of the local
church as well as their school. My final
involvement with local schools is in coordinating
invigilators in my local secondary school at SQA
exam times. I get a chance to meet up with former
primary pupils, much further down the line.
Along with other church members who are
serving their local school, I value all these
opportunities to share my skills to help others and
be a source of blessing to local children.
Inspired? Check out www.syls.org.uk for further ideas
of how you can use your skills to support learning in
your school. Pray for Christians to be salt and light as
they serve in schools.
Schools prayer resources
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• Give thanks: Be thankful for your local schools and all who teach in them. Pray that pupils and staff will have a positive attitude. Why not send a note
to those who are finding school tough, telling them you are praying for them?
• Staff: Pray for a good start to term. Pray that challenges are quickly overcome, new staff settle in well and staff bond well together as a team.
• Pupils: Pray for those starting nursery, P1 or S1, that they settle down quickly, make friends and enjoy their new learning environment. Pray for children
and young people you know, that school would be a positive place for them. Pray for senior pupils not to be anxious about exams and their future. Pray
for calm, and for Christian pupils in particular to step out in faith and seek God’s leading and guiding.
• SU Groups: Pray for energy and encouragement for those restarting SU Groups; for favour in the school, good attendances and a real sense of fun and enjoyment
in exploring the Bible. Pray for schools who would love a group but there are no leaders: pray for God to put the right people in place!
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Autumn Term Prayer Points
Schools added to
Give thanks for an encouraging
interest in schools prayer. The
following schools have been added to
the prayed-for schools register since
January 2019:
Aberdeenshire: Midmill Primary,
Mintlaw Academy | Dumfries &
Galloway: Minnigaff Primary| East
Ayrshire: James Hamilton Primary &
Sgoil na Coille Nuaidh | Edinburgh:
Colinton Primary, Sighthill Primary |
Falkirk: St Mungo’s High | Fife:
Auchtermuchty Primary, Balmullo
Primary, Ceres Primary, Craigrothie
Primary, Dairsie Primary. Dunbog
Primary, Falkland Primary, Freuchie
Primary, Gateside Primary,
Guardbridge Primary, Kilmaron
School, Ladybank Primary, Largoward
Primary, Letham Primary, Leuchars
Primary, Newburgh Primary, Pitlessie
Primary, Springfield Primary,
Strathkinness Primary | Glasgow:
Govan High, Riverside Primary, St
Saviour’s Primary, Highland: Glenelg
Primary, Kyle Primary | Inverclye:
Aileymill Primary, Lady Alice Primary,
Newark Primary | Moray: Llhanbryde
Primary Renfrewshire: Houston
Yarrow Primary in Scottish Borders
has been removed from the register.
For adults
Lots of churches have been
ordering Back to School with
God bookmarks these past
few weeks. The bookmark
reminds people to pray for an
individual pupil or staff
member, with a suggested
daily prayer. Quality card
bookmarks (see opposite) are
still available to order. Email
There is no charge, but donations are
welcome by phone (0141 352 7617) or
(select ‘A specific aspect of
ministry’, proceed to next page then
type Prayer under ‘Other’).
For children & young people
In making the Back to School
with God resources we asked
various children and young
people from Scotland and
Northern Ireland how they make
a difference for God at school.
The answers were amazing!
Check out what they say on the
SU Scotland
(video title: ‘How to make a
difference for God at school’)
and challenge children where
you live to think how they can
live for Jesus in their school.
For SU Group and youth group leaders
Have a look at our prayer resources for children on the
resource page
of our website. We also provide events to
encourage prayer. In November are Encounter
SHINE in Schools.
Get your young people involved. And
use these events to help them get praying!

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