With the new school year rapidly approaching, members of the community are again planning to gather at schools to pray.
The fifth annual “Cover the Children” prayer event is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Gadsden City school campuses.
Turnout was small for the first event, held at the Litchfield Middle School football field.
“We started with 15 to 20 people, if that,” said Ty Dillon, pastor of Living Truth Christian Center, who is organizing the event.
In the following years, it expanded to the campus of eight schools and then to all Gadsden City Schools.
“Last year, we had nearly 500 people out,” Dillon said. “It’s growing pretty steadily.”
Inclement weather impacted attendance last year, but Dillon said it will go on even if there is rain.
“We’re going to be there regardless,” he said.
Dillon said Living Truth Christian Center is working on “Cover the Children” with other churches like Abundant Life Church, The Well and United Christian Church.
Beyond the prayer event, Dillon said the goal is to connect schools and their neighborhood churches, which he said ties into work being done by the Revs. Earl Dudley and Reginald Huff.
“We don’t want this to be a one-time-a-year thing,” he said. “We want it to be a catalyst for a relationship between schools and churches.”
Dillon said those relationships may someday grow into a mentoring program for students.
Though churches are the organizing force behind “Cover the Children,” Dillon also said he sees it as involving more than just congregations — he also wants the community to get involved.
“It’s really a community event. We want children, adults, alumni, everyone to come out,” he…
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