The community is invited to a prayer walk to bless the beginning of a new gateway to the community and beautify the city.
The walk will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 at J. A. Vitovsky Elementary School located at 333 Church Stfor a prayer walk to downtown. Along the way, participants will bless the businesses and the buildings and also pick up trash with Charlie Hubbard and Dawn Harris of Crescent Yoga Studio and their team from Keep Midlothian Beautiful.
The walk is an expansion of Mayor Bill Houston’s weekly prayer group, and will include prayer group members as well as other representatives from the City, Keep Midlothian Beautiful, Manna House, God’s house in Lone Elm, other local churches and 360grassroots. Baylor Scott & White Hospital offered to produce T-shirts that may be purchased at the event. The shirts will display graphics of “Unity in our Community”, with sponsors names on the shirts. A sponsorship form to purchase T-shirts in advance can be obtained by going on the 360grassroots Facebook page.
“Everyone is invited to take part in the walk. The goal is to continue the tradition of prayer walks around all parts of our community,” said Bridgette Hawks, co-founder of 360grassroots along with her husband Steve, a nonprofit based out of Midlothian.
Participants will begin the morning by walking the 31-acre site for “The Farmstead at the Quarry,” a new development located north of J.A. Vitovsky Elementary School, which, when complete, will bring new life and repurposing to historic houses and barns in the area. 360grassroots will plan and develop the land, which is being donated to the nonprofit by Ash Grove Cement Company. The historic structures will be moved to the site and refurbished for adaptive reuse by businesses located in the development. The first focus will be to save the Anderson Farmstead.
“The Farmstead will be the gateway to Midlothian and provide not only retail and restaurants along a boulevard hosting community gardens, but also space for arts, education and other entrepreneurial endeavors,” Hawks said.
The Farmstead will be a regional model for what can happen when the history of a location is saved through relocation and adaptive reuse of its buildings. A major focus of the effort is fostering a strong sense of community, with a new vision for social entrepreneurship or a way for community to give back, for community to support community, Hawks said.