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Gallatin church, community holds 'park and pray' for students and teachers

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 23:45:10-04

GALLATIN, Tenn (WTVF) — Sumner County students will be going back to school Monday with a hybrid approach of virtual and in-person learning.

For the first two weeks, students will be learning from home for three days and in the school building for two days - all in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t the first time members of the First Baptist Church in Gallatin have prayed for students, teachers and staff, but this time it’s different.

"We know that the virus is limited us and in the past we’ve gone into the schools and prayed in the highways and prayed for teachers and the doors," said Jeremiah Scott, youth pastor.

So instead, the church and the community parked and prayed in the parking lot of Gallatin High School. The church even used a radio transmitter to pray through the radio.

If the district's hybrid approach goes according to plan, kids from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade will learn at school completely. Everyone else will remain in a hybrid schedule. However, the plan could always change depending on the COVID-19 case count.

So these strangers wanted to make sure even in the uncertainties of this years that everything will work out in His favor.

"We want to love upon our community, we want to be here and we want to come together," said Scott, "It’s just about community and loving up on each other."