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Deuteronomy 31:6     ESV

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Gracious God, as the school holidays continue we pray for the children and young people in our communities today. As our year 11’s have ended their formal schooling, we pray that You will be with them as they await results in the summer, after what has been a very difficult and disrupted educational journey for them.  Creator God, we are grateful for the sunshine and pray that families will enjoy a time of recuperation and relaxation before the new term begins. Lord God, we know that there are mental health issues amongst our children and young people as a result of their experiences of the pandemic, and so we pray for healing and support for all those troubled at this time. May we as communities continue to find ways to protect the mental health of our younger generation, and may we support families so that they may move into the next stage of the pandemic with a sense of opportunity and hope for the future. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.