Student Sunday

Join students and churches around the world in February each year to mark the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) or 'Student Sunday'. Save the date for 2020: 16th February. 

SCM has produced a resource toolkit for 2020 that can be used by churches, student groups and individuals. You can download a copy of the 2020 Student Sunday resources here. The theme this year is Known By Name. A limited number of printed copies will be available shortly. To request a copy please contact the office.

What is the Universal Day of Prayer for Students?

The Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) is coordinated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), and has been celebrated since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer. It is marked on the third Sunday of February every year, serving as a tangible sign of our common life, connecting student movements and WSCF friends across the world.

We invite all our members and friends to unite in prayer for the world, the church, students, and  WSCF itself on 16th February 2020. You may choose to set an alternate date that is more convenient for your community.

How you can get involved

  • Invite someone from SCM to speak at one of your services – either on Student Sunday or another date. Contact the office if you’re interested.
  • Better still, invite one or more students from your congregation, or from the local university (contact the chaplain or the SCM office for details), to share their story during the service.
  • Download our resource toolkit, to help plan your service.
  • Include intercessionary prayers for students during the service.
  • Hold a collection for SCM to help the movement continue its work reaching students and building inclusive Christian communities at university. Download our info sheet about sending in your donations.
  • Spread the word: If you're holding a Student Sunday service at your church, you will be able to download posters to put up (info to come). You can also use social media to get the word out -download ​our high res UDPS logo and share any other messages using #StudentSunday

Known by Name – hymns to sing, suggested by Singing the Faith +

God, when I came into this life you called me by my name (StF 535) – Fred Kaan’s hymn of commitment

Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556) – God accepts us as we are, without precondition (consider, for example, the transforming effect Jesus has on Mary Magdalene’s life when he calls her by name: John 20: 10-18)

Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558) – echoing, perhaps, the experience of Jesus’ first disciples: “O Lord, with your eyes set upon me, / gently smiling, you have spoken my name”

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me (StF 835) – responsive version of Psalm 139 (see also the call of Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”, Jeremiah 1: 5-7)

Spirit of the living God (StF 395) – asking for God's guiding presence

The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397) – a celebration of the way God’s spirit can live in us, and we can walk in that “light”

Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454) – some of the imagery may raise a question or two nowadays, but Charles Wesley’s “Conversion Hymn” remains a magnificent and joyful account of being named and loved as a child of God

You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567) – a reflective hymn by Margaret Rizza, praying for the healing, teaching and peace of the Spirit that informs authentic living (also see God in my living by Tim Hughes, StF 497, and Katie Wilkinson’s older, but beautifully expressed, May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day, StF 504)