Mark 10:16 (NRSV)
‘And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them’.

Gracious God, at the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, we lift before You all children and young people. With the focus this year on being to encourage children to express themselves, we pray for opportunities to allow children to share their feelings through being creative, through music, poetry, art, dance, photography, drama and many other outlets of expression. Lord God, we realise that this pandemic and continual lockdown, and disruption to their education, will be making an impact on the mental well-being of young people, and so we hold them all in prayer today. May they each have someone to trust and engage in conversation with, whether at home, or in school and may they each have a sense of being loved and valued by society and by You. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.