See You at the Pole 2023 – “WHOLEHEARTED” (from Jeremiah 29:13) is the theme for See You at the Pole 2023, which is all about students praying at their schools. The event is planned for Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at schools around the world. #wholehearted #syatp #syatp2023
See You at the Pole 2023
The event is more than just one day of prayer. With the continuing challenge of Covid-19 affecting schedules and access at participating schools, students are challenged to find creative ways, places, and times to pray throughout the Global Week of Student Prayer—September 24-30, 2023.
Then on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, if possible, students are encouraged to gather at a school flagpole or other community location to pray. This means that, all around the world in every time zone, for 24 hours, students will be praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities.
2023 marked the 33rd year for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and student-led event that started in Burleson, Texas, in 1990. SYATP brings students together to intercede for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me.Jeremiah 29:13 NLT
Jeremiah 29:13 is the theme verse for 2023.
Everything students need to do a successful SYATP is available free at SYATP.com. A Facebook page is at “myseeyouatthepole”. Promotional resources can be ordered online or by calling (817) HIS-PLAN (817-447-7526) between 9-5 (Central Time), Monday-Friday. Posters, flyers, handbook, T-shirts, silicone wristbands are some of the materials available for 2023. You can also download the “SYATP” mobile app to access all of the planning materials and free daily devotionals.
Did you know that on September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.
The San Diego-based National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates SYATP promotion. Doug Clark, national field director of the Network, noted: “See You at the Pole is a ‘moment.’ We hope adults and students will consider turning that moment into a movement by praying every day. This year, with the continued challenge of disruptions that have affected the US and every country, we need to ask God to pour out His Spirit on us more than ever. The heart of SYATP is extraordinary prayer.”
“See You at the Pole” (SYATP) is an annual event where students gather at their school’s flagpole to pray for their school, community, and nation. While it’s a well-known event in some circles, here are some lesser-known facts about it:
- Origin: SYATP began in 1990 with a group of students in Burleson, Texas. It has since grown into a global event, but its humble origins are not widely known.
- Global Reach: Although it started in the United States, SYATP has expanded to include participation from students in countries all around the world, making it a truly global event.
- Legal Aspects: There have been legal debates over the years about the constitutionality of SYATP. While students have the right to pray voluntarily, some concerns have arisen when school staff or administrators participate, as it might be seen as endorsement of religion by the school.
- Themes: Each year, SYATP often has a specific theme or focus for prayer. These themes vary and can include topics like unity, revival, or specific issues affecting young people.
- Student-Led: SYATP is intended to be student-led and organized. While adults may provide support, the event’s emphasis is on empowering students to take the lead in planning and conducting the prayer gathering.
- Denominational Diversity: Participants in SYATP come from various Christian denominations, and the event is meant to be inclusive of different Christian traditions.
- Social Media Presence: In recent years, SYATP has embraced social media to connect and inspire young people. You can find SYATP on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Prayer Beyond the Pole: Some schools have expanded the concept of SYATP to include prayer walks, where students pray at various locations around their school campus in addition to the flagpole.
- Student Testimonies: Many students who have participated in SYATP events report feeling encouraged and inspired by the experience, and some have shared their testimonies online or in local media.
- Parental Support: In some communities, parents and churches actively support SYATP by organizing breakfasts or gatherings before the event to pray for the students who will be participating.
These lesser-known facts highlight the diversity and evolving nature of the SYATP movement as it continues to engage students in prayer and reflection.
SYATP is partnering with Claim Your Campus (ClaimYourCampus.com) to encourage students to daily prayer at their schools. CYC currently supports students praying daily on schools across the nation.
Notes: SYATP is the fourth Wednesday in September each year.
Past SYATP Events
Below are the blog posts about prior years prayer at the flag pole and their Themes.
- 2022 – Aflame
- 2021 – Just Pray
- 2020 – Return, Restore, Revive
- 2019 – If My People Pray
- 2018 – Broken
- 2017 – Fix Your Eyes
- 2016 – We Cry Out
- 2015 – United
More info at SYATP.com
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