If you want to participate in a can’t miss event that was started by fellow Christian teens, then See You at the Pole is the can’t miss event of the year.
What is See You at the Pole, or SYATP? See You at the Pole is a completely student led event in which students meet at their school’s flagpole before school on the fourth Wednesday of every September to pray for your school, the students, teachers, government, and our nation. It is important to note that See You at the Pole is not a demonstration or political rally. It is not trying to make a statement for or against any particular thing, but is just a chance for students to get together to pray.
A Little History…
See You at the Pole was started in 1990 by some teens in Burleson, Texas. One Saturday night they felt compelled to pray, and so they went to three different schools and prayed at each schools flagpole. From there a challenge was issued to students throughout Texas to meet at their flagpoles and pray simultaneously. So at 7am on September 12, 1999 over 45,000 students met at their flagpoles to pray before school.
The concept ballooned from there. Word spread quickly across the U.S., and youth ministers reported that students outside of Texas had heard about the event and were feeling the same burden for their schools as these Texas students had.
On September 11, 1991 the students got their national day of prayer, as over one million students from all around the country gathered around their flagpoles at 7am to pray. Today that number has grown to 3 million students in the U.S. and there are also students in 20 other countries that participate in the event.
What Does It Entail?
See You at the Pole is not a formal event – it is more of a prayer gathering. Most students meet at 7am at the flagpole. However, some schools meet earlier due to earlier classes at their school. From there most students join hands in prayer. Some people pray out loud while other students sing songs. People read from the Bible. It is truly an event that allows God to work in the hearts of students, prompting His word to be spoken at the flagpole.
Resources and Help are Available
If you havn’t heard of See You at the Pole, but you want to organize the event at your school, then you should visit the See You at the Pole website. The site offers advice on promotion and planning the event at your school, plus there are resources available for you to order.
Most importantly, there is an entire section on your rights as a student to organize a SYATP event at your school. While it is recommended that you let your school administration know you will be organizing the event, you could still face some resistance to this perfectly legal event. The school administration may not be fully aware of your religious rights on campus, and there is advice and resources available to you at the website.
Matthew 18:19-21 - “I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, my Father in heaven will do it for you. Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.” (CEV)