Church holding conference at amphitheatre

A local family, working with their church, is holding a family worship conference Saturday at the Blackmon Amphitheatre in Mount Airy. The conference is scheduled to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“The goal is to get families back together and center their life around Christ,” said Andrew Bullins, a worship leader at Refuge Ministry.

The self-described Bible-based non-denominational church plans to have live worship, parents and youth teachings where Mariam Bullins, the youngest member of the family, will speak, along with singing and prayer.

Pastor Bobby Bullins and wife Barbara will be the main leaders of worship.

The ministry is hoping to raise awareness for its hope to open a Christian school in Mount Airy. The location of the proposed facility has not been finalized.

The school’s focus is to encourage students to take a positive path, promoting self-confidence and confidence in their faith. “Centering Christ will help the students grow up and make a positive impact in the world,” said Hannah Bullins, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event.

Hanah Bullins, who works as a detention officer at the county jail, said she realized she needs to do something within the community, to help children and their families get back on track, through her work.

“Seeing kids come in who have an addiction or having tried to commit suicide, is heartbreaking,” she said. She said she believes that if some of those youth had a positive influence or had a different environment to grow up in, that maybe things would have turned out differently in their lives.

The school will be a tuition-paid venture, using A Beka curriculum. A Beka is a Christian-based publishing company affiliated with Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.

Locally, she said the school is expecting to have 50 students starting in the fall, with nine teachers. Scholarships will be available to some students.

Tuition ranges per month from $150 to $275. Lunch will be provided every day as part of a tuition plan, and the school will have outside catering. Bullins said the school does not have a dress code as a means to help kids “to be themselves” and to promote self-confidence among the students.

The school will have 10 to 15 students per class with two teacher to each class.

“We want to keep classes small, in hopes to give each student the attention they need.” Andrew Bullins said.

The school will operate from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with after-school care provided until 3:30 p.m., at an additional cost.

Open house will be held on July 13, July 28 and Aug. 3, with enrollment beginning on July 13.

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