Students Brave Rain for “See You at the Pole”

Despite an early morning thunderstorm in Berryville on Wednesday, dozens of students turned out for the annual observance of “See You at the Pole,” (SYATP) the Global Day of Student Prayer. Concurring events in Clarke County were held at the High School and Johnson Williams Middle School. Students gathered to join in prayer for their friends, schools, and leaders.

The Global Event has its origins in Burleson, Texas, where a band of student came together to prayer around the flagpoles at three different schools one night in 1990. The impact it had on their lives and community spread quickly. Within only a couple of years, students were praying across the nation and in several countries around the world. Now, more than two million students from all 50 states participate in SYATP.

At Johnson Williams over three dozen students came to school at 7:20 AM for the event. Undeterred by the rain, students gathered in a large circle in the foyer of the building rather than the flagpole outside.   They started by sharing Bible verses they had chosen. Old Testament verses from Jeremiah, New Testament, from the Gospel of John, one by one they read aloud their selections. Students then prayed for the entire staff of their school reading aloud the names of everyone who works in JWMS. The event closed out with “Competitors Creed,” which is an affirmation of student athletes’ faith in Jesus Christ.

The event was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) which is the largest Christian sports organization in America. Membership in the FCA is student initiated and led. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference with their faith.

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  1. livein22611 says:

    How nice to see this group of young people coming together for such a great purpose (and so early in the morning). This takes effort on their part and their parents. Glad to see we have this group at JWMS. Kudos!

  2. What a great bunch of kids we have. Looking at the pictures, I see a familiar group of students who have shown over and over again that they care about their community, school, neighbors, friends, and classmates; a pretty good witness if you ask me.