See You at the Pole is a student-organized and student-led event meant to encourage students to pray for their classmates, teachers, school and nation in a public manner.
In 1990, ten “average Joe” students decided to pray around the flag pole at their school. Today, ten has grown to millions as Christian students all over the globe publicly display their faith at school. This event is known as See You at the Pole.
See You at the Pole is a student-organized and student-led event meant to encourage students to pray for their classmates, teachers, school and nation in a public manner. The event always takes place during the Global Week of Student Prayer which “encourages students to find new and unique ways, places and times to pray throughout the week.” Events are held in every type of school – public, private and home – and occur in countries all over the world with millions of students participating.
Students will once again gather on September 27th, 2017 for an encouraging day of seeking God’s face through prayer. If you’re a student or a parent of a student who would like to put on an event, here’s what you need to know:
Know Your Rights
Students have plenty of religious freedom rights at school. Because a See You at the Pole event should be student-led, before school hours and outside any school building, school leadership has no grounds on which to oppose the event. In order to be courteous, students should at least inform the school administration of their plans to meet. Students, however, are not required to ask for permission to meet.
Though within their rights to host a See You at the Pole event, students may face opposition from school leadership. If students are refused the right to meet or forced to disperse during the event by school leadership, please contact Palmetto Family.
Planning the Event
Unlike other school events, planning a See You at the Pole event is a breeze to organize. Yes, planning the event will take some time and effort, but the payoff will be far greater!
Remember, parents and adults can help with planning, but the event must be student-led.
In the planning stage, the student-organizer should ask several questions.
- Has the principal been informed?
- Exactly where and when will the event take place?
- What is the backup plan?
- What will students pray about?
A complete planning guide can be found here.
Publicizing the Event
Just as important as thorough planning is publicizing the event. In order to make the biggest impact, every student should know about the See You at the Pole event.
Personal invitations are the best way to spread the word. Use every avenue technology allows – text, email, Facebook. Sharing the See You at the Pole promotional video is another great way to publicize the event.
Posters, flyers and t-shirts are all available to purchase. Certain schools do not allow posters and flyers to be distributed, so be informed about the rules at your school.
Also, take full advantage of Christian clubs at your school. These organizations will often already have the infrastructure in place to advertise the event far and wide.
Pray for the Event
Without God’s blessing and power, See You at the Pole events mean little. Begin praying now that God will burden the hearts of Christian students everywhere to take time out of their day to worship God together. God has promised to bless those who seek His face.
Just as it only took ten Christian students to launch a global prayer movement in 1990, so too an event in 2017 could spark amazing things in the Palmetto State.
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