“Pray for Our Schools” Event, Aug. 21 at 6:30 pm

By Susan Shinn Turner

Our annual “Pray for Our Schools” event is set for 6:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Faith Center. All students, parents, educators, and anyone with a child or grandchild going back to school are invited.

“This is a time and space to pray for our students and teachers, for a new school year, and for our school system as a whole,” says Pastor Laura Henrik.

The event will include prayers and music. Special guests will include speakers from the school system.

“Pray for Our Schools is not just for teachers and students,” Henrik says. “It’s for all of our families who are preparing for the hustle and bustle of a new school year.”

Sharon Agee is part of the GIFT team, which includes Gerrie Blackwelder, Scott Rhodes, Carol Brown, Kristin May, Cyndi Krusemark, and Sally Taylor.

“We want to offer prayers for a successful school year,” says Agee, a retired educator. “We have four principals who are St. John’s members: Luke Brown at Salisbury High School, Meredith Williams at North Rowan, Maria Lowder at North Hills Christian School, and Tonya Brinegar German at East Rowan. We are sending personal invitations to all of our educators. We will also have a small, take-home gift for our educators’ remembrance of the occasion.”

Rowan-Salisbury Schools first day was Aug. 7.

Two other prayer services hosted by GIFT Ministry will include a prayer service in the fall for those who have experienced loss and a prayer service next spring for those affected by cancer.