Education Sunday 2005-2006 set for 12 February

As the new academic year gets under way the Churches are about to publish the resources they have prepared for Education Sunday 2006. For well over a hundred years there has been an annual recognition in England and Wales of this Special Sunday as a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education.

The next Education Sunday will be on 12 February 2006. This year the ecumenical steering group responsible for devising the material has focused on the purpose of education for its theme: "Prizes that Last".

'Sport has been very much in the headlines recently' says Graham Russell, Methodist Secretary for Residential Schools and a member of the steering group, 'with London's successful Olympic bid and the excitement over England's recapturing of the Ashes in cricket. Sometimes education seems like a sporting event. There are new targets to aim for, new rules, and new trophies to claim. But education is not just about being the best: it has wider purposes that need to be valued for their own sake Ð the development of individual potential and the pursuit of knowledge and truth. St Paul says we should not run aimlessly, but be like athletes Ð with purpose: listening for God's word, which fits us for life and prepares us for the ultimate prize.'

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