Mt. Zion Baptist and Brentwood Baptist are teaming up to host a back-to-school event Saturday at Hadley Park in Nashville.
Called “We’re Better Together,” the event is open to the public and will offer free backpacks and health screenings.
Mt. Zion is a predominantly African-American church, while Brentwood Baptist is mostly white. Both are among the largest megachurches in the area. Church leaders believe that by working together, they are setting an example for how to bridge the racial divide, and say it will be one of many partnerships.
“Our congregations are growing by leaps and bounds,” said Bishop Joseph Walker III, pastor of Mt. Zion, in a news release. “So is this wonderful city. It is our responsibility to grow together and support one another. ”
Walker began the annual event more than 10 years ago and has seen it grow in popularity.
Pastor Mike Glenn of Brentwood Baptist said he’s excited about the chance to serve alongside Walker and demonstrate their common commitment to the Christian faith.
“The diversity of the church reveals the nature and character of God in a way that no one person or church can by themselves,” Glenn said.
The event aims to help families facing financial burdens at the start of the school year, and to help both children and adults maintain good health so they can give their best.
The Brentwood Baptist Medical Dental Unit will be on site to provide the following free screenings: dental, blood pressure, HIV testing, and immunizations, as well as health education counseling.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hadley Park is located at 1037 28th Ave N.
Visit bettertogethernashville.com for more information.