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Emmanuel Baptist Temple opening Christian school

May 27, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Opening a Christian school for children in kindergarten through 12th grade might be a bold and ambitious move for a rural church, but to Pastor Larry Aikens and his Emmanuel Baptist Temple congregation, it seems natural.

"We want to partner with parents to help them raise their children in a Christian setting," Aikens said, stressing a team approach. "The team is mom and dad, a Christian church and school - we want to be on the team, not the team."

Emmanuel Christian School will be starting classes in the fall, and for the first year or two will be housed in the Hampton Center, which has classrooms and a gymnasium/auditorium.

The church has received approval for as many as 70 students the first year, Aikens said.

"My job is to administer, hire good people and have the right policies," said Aikens, who has 16 years in the ministry.

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The motto of the school is "Training the Next Generation of Godly Leaders."

All teachers must have at least a college degree and be certified to teach in their field through the Maryland Association of Christian Schools.

Holly Aikens, the pastor's wife, has a master's degree in Christian education and is described as the founder of the school.

A building addition, which will be connected to the current complex when it is completed, includes a new auditorium that can accommodate 1,950 people on one level and the school on another level.

A new outdoor playground will be built for the younger children, Aikens said.

Emmanuel Baptist Temple, which sits atop a hill just west of Huyetts Crossroads at 16221 National Pike, is planning an open house for the school on June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Some teachers will be there and information can be picked up about enrollment," Larry Aikens said.

There will be free refreshments.

Those seeking more information may call 301-582-0378 or go to emmanuelbaptisttemple.org.

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