Dallas Bay Baptist Church staff welcomes the community to join in a See You at the Pole prayer event Sept. 26 at 7:30 or 9 a.m.
"We want all people from the area to come and pray with us around the flag pole," said DBBC Director of Children's Ministries LeaAnn West. "We will pray over the schools, the faculty and the administrators. We will pray for a safe environment in all of our schools. We will meet here so that parents and local dignitaries can pray for our local schools."
People will gather around the flag pole in front of the main campus of DBBC for prayers led by the Rev. Ken Duggan.
"We will lift up our schools," said West. "We will target schools in our North Hamilton County area, but pray for all Hamilton County schools."
This is the church's first year to host See You at the Pole. Refreshments will be served.
"We are excited that God is blessing Dallas Bay and will allow us to do this," said West. "All ages are asked to come out to pray."
She said the Lord is blessing Dallas Bay in many ways because Dallas Bay Christian Academy is planned to start operations in the fall of 2013. DBBC's main campus is hosting a communitywide informational meeting about the school Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the worship center.
"Pastor Ken and I have been asked for several years if we will ever start a school," said West. "We at Dallas Bay are prayerfully considering opening Dallas Bay Christian Academy. It will be for entering kindergarten and first-graders."
To start with, enrollment is estimated at 80 students max split between the two grade levels. West said the plan is to add a grade level each year to the academy.
"We want to hear from the community, answer questions and hear their comments and concerns," she said. "We want the community to give us input so we can meet the needs of the local community. We will accept feedback and concerns about Dallas Bay Christian Academy. We want them to be open to what God has in store at Dallas Bay."
She said the church wishes to open a door for Christian education in North Hamilton County.
"Our tuition will be comparable to local Christian private schools," said West, who will serve as the school's administrator. "We will be housed on the main campus in individualized portable buildings."
She said Tennessee accredited teachers will be hired before next fall to teach the classes.
"Our goal is to be a beacon of hope," said West. "We want to make it a Christ-centered learning community for students. We want to go forth and let God take control and let it be his plan for us."