Local churches unite for Back to School Rally

Published 11:10 am Friday, July 21, 2023

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Several local churches will come together July 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jerome Harris Fields at Dunbar Park, to prepare students for back to school, physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

The event is sponsored by Unity in Christ Fellowship of Churches that includes, Perfecting Holiness Nondenominational Church (PHNC), St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Old Elam Baptist Church, Harrison Street Christian Church, Living Word Ministries, Harrison Street Baptist Church, and Mt. Ida Baptist Church.

Anthony Morris II, pastor of Old Elam Baptist Church, who also serves as Greenville High School’s Assistant Principal, encourages all school age children to attend the rally. 

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“We look forward to a day of food and fun activities, along with giving away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies,” he said.

Event volunteer, Latasha McCall said supplies will be given away based on school grade. 

“We are excited about providing our children with the necessities they will need for a jumpstart to a successful school year,” McCall said. “We will have bouncy houses for the children, and we will be playing games such as kickball, volleyball, and egg toss. We will also offer face painting, horseback riding, and rock climbing.” 

Event coordinator Kenyetta Smith said backpacks also include hygiene products for students. 

“We want to make sure we take care of the whole child, and meet their needs as much as we can,” Smith said. “We also look forward to having Stump’s Grill, KoolKitchen, and Hammercy Corn on location with us. We will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, along with many other treats.”

Pastor Wiley Thornton of PHNC said the group of churches joined together to be able to impact the community collectively. 

“Elder Rod Caldwell from Enterprise will be our special guest speaker,” Thornton said. “He will speak to our youth on the importance of serving God in their youth, beginning at 1:00 p.m. This will be a day of fun for our youth, and we invite the entire community to come out and join us.”