The upcoming school year seemed to be on few minds of children running around the lawn outside of the First Baptist Church of Thurmont.

Parents brought their children to the church Sunday for a back-to-school event put on by volunteers at the church. Some of the children were there as part of Sunday school. There were a few that came from the community.

All together, there were about 15 kids who got to meet with different groups, said Jan Jones, the church volunteer who organized the event.

The kids were greeted by Cpl. Corey Borns, with the Frederick Police Department. He was there to teach the kids about school safety. The children also met with a teacher to tell them more about going to school, a local Girl Scouts troop that brought crafts, a YMCA program, a nurse who offered quick check-ups and a beauty consultant for haircuts, Jones said.

The church also collected school supplies for Operation Christmas Child, a national program that collects goods and ships them to places in need, including in the United States, Jones said.

The back-to-school event was also used as outreach, said Jay Beard, one of the pastors at the First Baptist Church of Thurmont. His two children were at the event, one participating and one helping.

Before the start of the event, the church held a back-to-school prayer, praying for the students, the teachers, the bus drivers, the parents, Beard said.

“We just want them to have a good school year,” he said.

Beard’s daughter Raegan Beard said she went to see the beauty consultant, Borns and the health center. The safety center was her favorite part.

She also got to do some activities and played cornhole. And she got snow cones.

The snow cones were a big hit among the kids who got to make their own. Jones commented that the children were wired up from all the snow cones they consumed.

The church is working to develop its youth and child program, she said, which is why they wanted to use the back-to-school event as outreach.

“We’re trying to reach out to the community and get them to come to church,” she said.

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"Outreach", aka "indoctrination". It's great they are these things that are helpful but it is unfortunate that they are essentially bribing the kids to participate in prayer. "here, have a snow cone!"

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