Posted on : Tuesday September 25, 2012

CRESAPTOWN, Md.––Several Western Association churches are participating in a See You at the Pole Rally tonight, Sept. 25, at Calvary Baptist Church in Cresaptown to prepare students for the annual time of prayer, this year on Sept. 26. ‘See You at the Pole’ (SYATP) is an annual time of prayer around the flag poles at schools across the nation and now, internationally. It occurs early morning, before school, on the fourth Wednesday of September. The initiative is student organized and led.

The rally is to prepare students for the SYATP event. This year’s SYATP theme is “Awaken – Imagine the Potential.”

“We actually have several purposes for the rally,” Keith Aguila, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Cumberland said. “First, we want students from the different churches to meet together in their school groups so they will get to know other christians at their perspective schools. Second, we want to help them to be equipped to pray and take leadership at the poles. Third, we want to begin helping students see the kingdom of God is bigger than their own youth group and church. The rally is structured to facilitate all of these three goals.

“But we also have a bigger goal.  We would love to see God move in a big way among the youth of Western Maryland.  We all have a desire to see the hearts of students won over for Jesus,” he said.

Aguila said church leaders are working to plan quarterly events to continue to promote unity with the students and the churches.

The rally will include prayer, taking time to share what SYATP is, the history and purpose and the need and the power of prayer.  Students will gather in their school groups to organize their prayer time at their schools.

Participants in tonight’s rally include: Cumberland Community Church; LaVale Baptist Church; Grace Baptist Church, Cumberland; Calvary Baptist Church (Independent); Fellowship of Christian Athletes and students from Mountain Ridge High School, Frostburg.

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