BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Members of a local church are hoping to spread a message of hope and love at Belton schools in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida.
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Each morning, members of the Foundation United Methodist Church in Belton are joining hands in prayer outside of a different Belton Independent School District campus.
Pastor Gary White, a father of two, said after the Florida school shooting he wanted to do something within the community.
"It's difficult to explain something to your 13-year-old daughter that you don't even understand,” White said.
“So this was a way for us to do something hopefully just to bring calm."
Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, a small group of 11 people gathered outside of Belton High School for a brief prayer circle.
"We're going out to the schools to stand for those who are being bullied, and also the bullies,” White said.
“We're going there to stand for the teachers. We're going there to stand for the parents who are afraid and scared.”
White said they hope to reach the students who may feel lost or forgotten.
"I hope that those kids see that they matter,” church member Joe Tucker said. “That they matter to people that they don't even know. That they're loved, that god loves them, and that they count."
Along with members of the congregation, students, parents, teachers and others have joined in the prayer circles, White said.
White said the group has been to Pirtle Elementary, Tarver Elementary, High Point Elementary, North Belton Middle School, Lake Belton Middle School and Belton High School.
He said they plan to continue the circle at Lakewood Elementary Tuesday morning.