FPC Sends Over 60 Volunteers to Schools to Pray

FPC Sends Over 60 Volunteers to Every School in the Community to Pray for a Great School Year
Posted on 08/17/2020

As schools face challenges never experienced before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators and teachers have put in a tremendous amount of work preparing for the start of the year. In a relatively short span of time, they have implemented new methods of teaching and reaching students. Though more challenging to attain, their goals this year are the same as in past years: ensuring a safe and successful school year. 


First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Douglasville is working to ensure a safe and successful school year, as well. The church organized a prayer project that had over 60 people scattered on the campuses this past Friday through Sunday of every public, private and charter school in the county and Central Office. Church volunteers spent time praying for the safety and well-being of students, families and staff. Prior to going to campuses, they were encouraged to visit each school’s website to get a list of staff members so they could be prayed for by name.


“Our Church is committed to loving Douglas County, and an important form of action is prayer,” explained Sarah Dickinson, director of adult spiritual formation at the church and coordinator of the weekend of prayer. “We know that this year has been full of challenges and hard decisions, and has required so much flexibility and creativity on the part of administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students. As this year begins, we feel convicted to pray intentionally for everyone connected to the school system. We are praying for wisdom, energy, safety, creativity, cooperation and compassion for all involved in launching into a new year this week!”


Prayer volunteers were on the campuses last Friday -- the last day of pre-planning -- of both Eastside Elementary School and South Douglas Elementary School (SDES) and were joined by many of the staff. “The opportunity of praying for these wonderful teachers and staff quickly turned into an amazing blessing for my prayer partner and me,” said Alicia Schillinger, FPC member. Ms. Schillinger is very familiar with the excitement and challenges of a new school year. She retired from Bright Star Elementary School seven years ago after 31 years as an educator. “I saw these individuals at South Douglas take so much pride in their school, showing love and respect for students, parents and their fellow workers while asking for prayer to guide them this school year.”  Staff at SDES had just learned one of their student’s had passed away from cancer, and they were heartbroken. Ms. Schillinger and her prayer partner, Joetta Farnan, offered special prayer for that child’s family as well as the SDES family. 


Gratitude for the church’s weekend of prayer was shared by many school system staff, including Lisa Alexander, a fifth grade teacher at Arbor Station Elementary School. “As I embark on my 14th year of teaching, so many things have become topsy turvy,” said Ms. Alexander. “Decisions are being made in education that I am sure no one could have predicted. But through all of this, one thing has remained constant...the power of prayer. I am encouraged to know First Presbyterian gathered to pray at Douglas County Schools prior to our official start date. Having them pray for God's protection over our students and staff gives me peace and reassurance. 1 John 5:14 says ‘...if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.’ Thank you First Presbyterian for covering us through the power of prayer.” 


FPC is a longtime member of the Partners in Education program. 

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