Today marks the second anniversary of the National Safe School Church Services as the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force looks to further decrease problems in violence-plagued schools.
Today's church service will be held under the theme 'Empowering Our Youth in a Changing World'.
"We want to remind our children to get in tune with their spiritual side and let them know that it is a very important part of their development," Corporal Tanecia Johnson, assistant national coordinator for safe schools, told The Sunday Gleaner.
"We will be offering prayer and motivational talks for the nation's children before they head back to school. We also have stakeholders in the form of the minister of education and the minister of national security."
Johnson noted that the service went well last year as numerous children came out and were inspired by the message that was relayed.
"The service also provided a moment of reconciliation between the family members of the girl that was stabbed at Tarrant High School and the one that actually stabbed her," she said.
"We have set off and will continue to offer mentoring to students from some of the schools that are really troubled when it comes to violence," Johnson added.
There will be several services across the island, however, the National Church Service will be held at the New Testament Church of God in Hayes, Clarendon, commencing at 9 a.m.