Diocesan Department for Education – H and N Diocese

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education


Prayer and Hope


A prayer resource for people affected by the COVID-19 virus compiled by the Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference (pdf). Alternatively, please visit their website for further information.

Ten:Ten offer a range of media–rich prayer and collective worship resources, available by subscription:


Prayer Links:

Following requests for prayer resources to support schools and families during lockdown, these links may be useful. Not all are aimed at children. Some may be suitable to share with members of staff or parents, or could be adapted by adjusting the content or language.

Archdiocese of Liverpool, Prayer and other Resources

Pathways to God

Pray as You Go

CAFOD Children's Liturgy

Mission Together

Kenelm Youth Trust Surviving Self Isolation

America Magazine Prayer for a Pandemic

Catholic Children’ Society, Meditation with Chldren & Young People

Christian Art

Teaching Catholic KIds, Pope Francis' Five–Finger Prayer

Loyola Press, Children's Prayers

Illustrated Ministry, 10 Ways to Pray with Kids

The Mark 10 Mission, series three

Sacred Space daily prayer



Music Links:

Diocese of Leeds School Singing Programme website

Diocese of Leeds School Singing Programme YouTube Channel

OneLife Music

Fischy Music


Cardinal Hume School, Wrekenton – Supporting the NHS 2020:

In response to this difficult Covid-19 situation, the students and staff of Cardinal Hume School have been looking at ways that they can both show their support to the NHS, St. Bedeís Hospice at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and also the local parish communities. The students have created a wonderful banner to go at the front of the school on the main road where many ambulances pass by to remind those NHS workers we are thinking and praying for them. Our staff and students have made little prayer and message cards that have been sent into the patients and staff again to show we care.

To read the full article and view more images from Cardinal Hume School, please click here (pdfword).

St. Michael Catholic Primary School, Elswick:

St. Michael's Catholic Primary School, Elswick have produced a video for their school community for the month of Mary.

St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, North Shields, a virtual May Procession:St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, North Shields, a virtual May Procession:St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, North Shields, a virtual May Procession:

Families were invited to a Zoom meeting so they could watch the service together and to allow children to join in with singing and liturgical dancing.

St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary, Stockton–on–Tees:

One of their teachers has prepared a liturgical dance for the Diocesan Day of Prayer and shared it with pupils. The children sent their recordings back and it has been collated it into this video.

St. Lawrence's Primary School, Byker:

During lock down a number of children who have been attending school have been showing great kindness and compassion to the residents at a local care home. The boys and girls who have been in school for the last seven weeks have been writing to the residents at Carntyne Care Home in Hexham where Mrs Hagon's mum lives. The residents have not seen their families for over two months now and Mrs Hagon thought that it might be a nice idea to try to cheer them up by sending them letters. The children have put a lot of care into choosing a resident to write to, we have made cards, bookmarks, prayers and rainbows for the residents. The residents have been delighted to receive the letters and cards and it has really cheered them up. The residents have written back to the children. This has been a lovely exchange of kind thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Well done boys and girls!

St. Lawrence's Primary School, Byker

St. Michaelís Catholic Primary School, Elswick:

St. Michaelís Catholic Primary School, Elswick have been running an online campaign #OneElswick. Here are two videos which have been created to share with their school community to give them hope and keep them positive during this time.

St. Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool:

St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool hold a school family prayertime every Sunday at 7.00pm. The video is a collage of staff candles and prayer spaces. The school also have a Sing to Mary challenge where children are invited to sing along to a hymn dedicated to Mary. Their Messages of Love campaign asks children to let them know who they would like to send a message to and members of staff deliver cards with the messages while out on their daily exercise.

St. Cuthbert’s RC First School, Berwick upon Tweed:

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Academy, Billingham:

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Academy, Billingham have shared a video through their Facebook page, along with this message:

"We are really missing the children in what would have been the last week of term in school. We wish we could all be together, but we thought what better way to cheer ourselves up than to have a dance! We hope you enjoy watching as much as we have enjoyed making it. Can you spot any familiar faces? Please join in at home, share the video to spread some joy and feel free to send us your dancing videos."

View some positive messages of hope from our Diocesan schools:

Images of Hope - COVID-19