How is your church planning to celebrate Student Sunday?

NEW resources are set to make 2017’s Student Sunday a huge celebration and global day of prayer on 19 February. 

And the Communications Team at the Diocese of Oxford would like to hear how you are planning to celebrate the event.

The Student Christian Movement (SCM) has published a new online resource toolkit to enable churches, student groups and other communities to celebrate Student Sunday 2017.

“We are thrilled to unite Christians around the world once more to celebrate this global day of prayer for students,” said Hilary Topp, SCM’s National Coordinator. “Through prayer and storytelling, churches will be giving a meaningful voice to so many people whose lives are being changed whilst at university. Together, we can support these students as they explore their faith and discover who they are.”

Georgine Djeutane, WSCF Interim Chairperson, echoed the need for Christians globally to pray together for students. “Prayer is a vital aspect of the life of a Christian. It changes our vision of the people and situations around us,” she said. “It is imperative and essential to pray for students, for them to see the world through Jesus’ perspective, so as to be in harmony with this vision and transform the world.”

A Global Day of Prayer

Student Sunday is originally known as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS), an ecumenical day of prayer coordinated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF). It has been celebrated since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer.

Our theme for Student Sunday 2017 is All Are Welcome, reflecting a commitment to create welcoming spaces for students, many of whom come from different backgrounds and traditions. The resource pack contains prayers, stories from students around the world, liturgies and worship resources, reflections from the lectionary readings, and all-age activities.

SCM Britain is inviting link churches, affiliated chaplaincies and student groups, as well as other communities around the world, to plan activities for Student Sunday on or around 19 February next year. This can take the form of a full service of activities or prayers and stories within a service. For more information, and to download the full resource pack, click here.

“We are pleased to release these resources for Student Sunday, which form a commitment from SCM Britain to stand in solidarity and prayer with students and our partner movements across the world,” added Hilary Topp.

Please send details of how you plan to celebrate Student Sunday to jo.duckles@oxford.anglican.org or call 01865 208227.

Click here to find out more about Student Sunday 2017 and download the resources.