A new date for
Sarah Lane Cawte, Free Churches Education officer, writes:
Education Sunday has been celebrated by the churches for well over 100 years. For many years it has been observed on the ninth Sunday before Easter (or three Sundays before the first Sunday of Lent), a date which has had no particular links with the academic year. After extensive consultation with member churches, the decision has been made to adopt a new date for Education Sunday from 2016. The new date will be the second Sunday in September. In 2016 this is 11 September. We believe this will offer new opportunities to mark the beginning of the academic year and will encourage participation by more churches and schools.
We realise that some churches may have planned to celebrate Education Sunday on its traditional date in 2016, which would have been 24 January. Whilst we are not producing materials specifically for this date, we are making available a wide range of resources that can be used in services celebrating education on any date. We recognise that 2016 will be a year of transition. Churches may choose to observe the traditional date but include some elements of the new Education Sunday resources in their service on 11 September.
Resources for Education Sunday 2016, linked with the lectionary readings for 11 September, are being developed by an ecumenical working group and will be available in the Summer through this website.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Link to resources provided in previous years