See You at the Pole “UNITED” is Wednesday, September 23

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Wilson
Phone: 205.871.8886
E-mail: matt@gofirstpriority.com
Web: firstpriorityal.com, syatp.com

See You at the Pole “UNITED” is Wednesday, September 23

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sept. 3, 2015) See You at the Pole 2015 “UNITED,” the Annual Global Day of Student Prayer, is Wednesday, September 23. All around the globe, in every time zone, millions of students will gather around their school’s flagpole for a time of prayer for the 25th Annual See You at the Pole (SYATP). SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized and student-led event.

Before school, tens of thousands of students locally will join together at their school’s flagpole in prayer for their friends, families, school, city, state and nation. This year’s SYATP emphasis is “UNITED,” taken from Acts 1:14 in the Bible.

“This year’s theme message encourages us to commit to global unity in Christ and prayer for this generation,” said First Priority Greater Birmingham Executive Director Matt Wilson. “With the current state of our country, we believe this year’s theme is perfect. We are encouraging students, school faculty, families, businessmen and women, everyone, to unite together as a community in prayer for our nation.”

First Priority will once again coordinate our state’s efforts through:

  • Awareness – print, web, TV and radio;
  • Students gathering at their school’s flagpole on the morning of September 23, to pray for their school, teachers, classmates, community and our nation; and
  • Community rallies planned by local First Priority adult and student volunteers. Rallies will be held on the evening of September 23.

 

See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-led movement that started in 1990. It originated with one youth group, meeting at night at several schools in the community during a weekend retreat. SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries. First Priority estimates 25,000-30,000 students across the Greater-Birmingham area will participate in SYATP this year. For more information, visit syatp.com.

Click here for See You at the Pole rallies that will be held across the Birmingham-Metropolitan area on the night of September 23.

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Media Note: As local coordinator for the “See You at the Pole” emphasis, First Priority is able to offer photographers’ and reporters’ help in arranging interviews and locating schools where students are taking part in See You at the Pole. Executive Director Matt Wilson is available for in-studio interviews and live shots, and can be reached at 205.871.8886 or matt@gofirstpriority.com.

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Is your life truly significant? City-wide Recap and Pictures

Ed Newton at City-wideFirst Priority held its fourth City-Wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon of the year on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham. Nearly 100 youth leaders and children’s ministers across the Greater-Birmingham area attended for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch from Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill.

Our special guest speaker Ed Newton, Executive Director of the LIFT TOUR, brought an inspirational message about the significance of our lives on students’ lives. “Never underestimate the impact of your life on a student’s life,” said Ed.

Ed shared a story about a girl who never knew her father because he passed away when she was young. Ed grew up in this girl’s father’s youth group. This young girl came to Ed seeking to hear stories about her father. He shared about a time when her father invested in Ed’s life and really believed in him to take on a leadership role. However, Ed felt unworthy. He related his message to Zechariah 3 in the Bible about Joshua:

1) A Polluted Priesthood:
Joshua was standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan said he was unworthy; he was stained of the things of this world before a Holy God.
2) A Privileged Position:
Zechariah 3:4 says, “And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”
“God forgives and you can be restored and found not guilty,” said Ed. “Verse 7 tells us to walk in His ways and keep His commands and we will rule His house.” When we feel unworthy, we need to turn to God to be cleaned, restored and forgiven.
We would like to thank Ed again for his encouragement and knowledge he shared that will help youth pastors understand their significance even when they feel unworthy. Learn more about the LIFT TOUR that Ed is involved with HERE. The LIFT TOUR will be coming to Birmingham Jan. 29-30, 2016. Be sure to check it out!
We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success: ym360 and Interlinc. Representatives from these organizations provided youth leaders with educational material about their programs and upcoming events. Please take time to visit their Web sites. We concluded the day with a First Priority Campus Coach Training. If you missed it, click here for the HOPE Manual and more info. We would like to thank all those again who attended and joined us for a great time of growth and fellowship.

See You at the Pole Rallies 2015

Moody HS See You at the Pole

All of the following rallies will be held on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015:

 

  • Shelby County Network Rally will be held at Southeastern Bible College, 2545 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35244, from 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Debi DeBoer for more information: debi@gofirstpriority.com.

 

  • North Jefferson Area Rally will be held at First Baptist Church Mt. Olive, 3200 Mt Olive Brookside Rd, Mt Olive, AL, 35117, at 6:30 p.m. Rescued Worship with Brody Stewart will lead worship and Radio Show Host Greg Davis will be the speaker. Contact James Cato for more information: james@gofirstpriority.com.

 

  • West Jefferson Area Rally will be held at River Road Baptist Church, 3352 Warrior River Rd, Bessemer, AL, 35023, at 6:30 p.m. Logan LeGrande and Marlin Morin will lead worship. Contact James Cato for more information: james@gofirstpriority.com.

 

  • Highway 78 Area Rally (Minor, Adamsville, Forestdale, Dora, Mulga and Bayview areas) will be held at Adamsville Church of God, 3601 Main St, Adamsville, AL, 35005, at 6:30 p.m. Joshua Lively will lead worship and First Priority Area Director James Cato will be the speaker. Contact James Cato for more information: james@gofirstpriority.com.

 

  • St. Clair County and Leeds Community-wide Rally at Moody High School Football Field, 714 High School Drive, Moody, AL, 35004, from 6:30-8 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Cedar Grove Baptist Church Praise Band will lead worship and First Priority Executive Director Matt Wilson will be the speaker. Contact Ashlee Lambert for more information: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com.

 

 

For more information about the See You at the Pole Rallies, please contact us at 205.871.8886 or info@gofirstpriority.com.

7 Ways to Prepare for Middle and High School Transitions

SportsworldCheck out 7 ways to prepare for middle and high school transitions from SportsWorld:

Q: What can I do to help my children make the transition to middle school and high school?

Whether it’s sixth grade or ninth, graduating to a new school level usually means bigger school buildings, larger student bodies, more choices and more freedom. Along with excitement, students can feel anxiety, frustration and isolation. We spoke with several veteran middle and high school educators who gave us the following advice for how parents can help their children make a smooth transition.

1. Logistics are the hardest part

Let’s start with middle school, where students’ first hurdles are logistical — needing to remember a locker combination, learning the building layout and getting to class on time.
“It’s all those little things that at their stage of development become everything to them,” said Sandra Bickel, principal of Webber Middle School in the Poudre School District.
One safeguard is early exposure. Jessica Fiedler, principal of Westlake Middle Schools in Adams 12, urged parents to make sure their kids visit their future middle school as fifth-graders and attend any orientation or kick-off activities prior to the start of school. This and a variety of other suggestions are contained in the district’s 11-page “Middle School Transition Guide“.

Read More Here

What The Students Are Saying!

“Thank you so much! You made me have more confidence in myself. I won’t judge anyone again.” –Kaydence, 6th grade student, Indianapolis, IN

“Made me wake up and realize this ain’t the life for me. I’m trying too hard to fit in. I need to be a leader and get myself together.” – Heavinly, 10th grade student, Oklahoma City, OK

“I learned that if you keep going, you can overcome anything. And I never plan on giving up.” –Tristan, 12th grade student, Bourbon, IN

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Still time to register for FREE Network Lunch

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There is still time to register for our City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held THIS Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, in the Student Center. Come join us for FREE lunch from Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and a great time of networking and fellowship. We will also be holding a First Priority Campus Coach club training immediately following the City-wide. Please make plans to stay for this important training that will help prepare you for the new school year. Register for City-wide now. Our special guest speaker is Ed Newton with the LIFT TOUR and Student Leadership University. Learn more about EdWe will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources at this City-wide Luncheon. You don’t want to miss it! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. We hope you’ll make plans now to attend!

Nearly 1,700 decisions for Christ at Birmingham Festival of Hope Events

Festival of HopeThe following is an update from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on the Birmingham Festival of Hope events. God truly moved and many lives were changed!

To God be the glory, great things He has done!! The Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham was an incredible experience of the Church in our city uniting to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed. Praise the Lord with me for His great work:
  • 300 – Church and ministries uniting to participate
  • 1,000 – Volunteers, 800 of whom were trained as counselors
  • 2,000 – Attendees at the Christian Life and Witness Course and FM419
  • 30 – Small groups prepared to follow up with those who made decisions (in addition to hundreds of congregations)
  • 22,694 – Cumulative attendees over the three nights at Bartow Arena. The highest attended evening was Sunday (9,878 attending)
    • 619 – Total number of spiritual decisions, including:
      • 405 – Salvation decisions
      • 50 – Assurance of salvation decisions
      • 135 – Rededication decisions
  • 43,658 – Total number of unique web stream visitors (Every evening gathering was presented live on the internet around the world.)
    • 100 – Countries in which people watched the web stream
    • 934 – Spiritual decisions on the internet stream
  • 1,666 – Grand total of spiritual responses (including in the Arena, at the training events and on the Internet).
PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS MARVELOUS WORK!
Kevin Moore,
Co Leader, Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham
Executive Director, Mission Birmingham

Reach your campus for Christ! Join us for a training near you to find out how!

Campus Ministry TrainingWe are excited to inform you about many different campus ministry training opportunities near you. These high-impact, high-intense training sessions are for everyone, students and adults, and will address the unique issues of doing campus ministry in local middle, junior high and high schools. We want to help you and your students make a positive difference on your campus. You will be provided with in-depth leadership training in timeless skills, focused education and tools to be better leaders in all aspects of campus life. These trainings will feature live music, guest speakers and so much more. You will receive specific training on our HOPE Strategy and learn how to implement our new HOPE Guide. We will have resources available for purchase at each training including T-shirts – $5, draw string bags – $2, lanyards – $2, and wristbands – $1.

Students, teacher sponsors, campus coaches, parents, and community/business leaders, please plan to join us for one of our training sessions listed below. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us!

Campus Ministry Trainings

East Network Training:
Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Bethel Baptist Church Loft Youth Room
8332 Moody Parkway
Moody, AL 35004
More info: Contact Ashlee Lambert at: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

North Jefferson Network Training:
Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Gym
805 Crest Drive
Gardendale, AL 35071
More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com

Shelby County Network Training:
Date: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church Pelham
2867 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124

More info: Contact Debi DeBoer at: debi@gofirstpriority.com


North Shelby Network Training:
Date: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Meadow Brook Baptist Church
4984 Meadow Brook Road
Birmingham, AL 35242
More info: Contact Debi DeBoer at: debi@gofirstpriority.com


Highway 78 Network Training:
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Valley Creek Baptist Church
3253 Virginia Drive
Hueytown, AL 35023

More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com


West Network Training:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Tannehill Baptist Church
12858 Tannehill Parkway
McCalla, AL 35111

More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com


Campus Coach Training:
We will also be holding a training for campus coaches immediately following our City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, in the Student Center. The training will begin around 1 p.m. CLICK HERE for more details about the City-wide.

August is FP Month. If your church would like a First Priority representative to come and speak about First Priority and/or to do a training for your area, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 205.871.8886 or info@gofirstpriority.com.

FPKids Trainings
FPKids Training
Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church
5521 Double Oak Lane
Birmingham, AL 35244

More info: Contact Debi DeBoer at: debi@gofirstpriority.com


East Network FPKids Training:
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church Moody
902 Church Street
Moody, AL 35004

More info: Contact Ashlee Lambert at: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com


North Jefferson FPKids Training:
Date: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Gardendale Church of Nazarene
1800 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale, AL 35071

More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com

These trainings will be for new schools implementing “Jesus Said,” as well as clubs that have already completed “Jesus Said” and will be implementing our new curriculum that focuses on God’s Kingdom because “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Teachers, Parents, Children’s Pastors, Youth Pastors, Pastors, Community/Business Leaders and Ministry Volunteers, please mark your calendars now and plan to join us for one of our FPKids Trainings. For more information about starting an FPKids Club, please call us at 205.871.8886 or visit fpkids.club.

Other Area First Priority Trainings
North Alabama Campus Ministry Training:
Date: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Asbury United Methodist Church
980 Hughes Road
Madison, AL 35758
5 Points Building
More info and to RSVP: Contact Laura Davidson at: laura@fpnorthbama.org

Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope is August 14-16, 2015

Festival of Hope

The Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope Evangelism Conference with Franklin Graham is this weekend, Friday August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Student Night is Saturday, August 15. Don’t miss musical performances by Newsboys, Lacey, Flame, Dae-Lee, with special guest hosts Amena Brown and DJ OPDiggy. There will also be musical performances by Kirk Franklin, The Reykjavik Gospel Company, Michael W. Smith, Tasha Cobbs and Kari Jobe throughout the weekend as well. You don’t want to miss it! There will be a special message from Franklin Graham each night as well. No tickets are required. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open 90 minutes before the festival start. You don’t want to miss out on this FREE event! Click here for a full weekend schedule and more info about the Festival of Hope.

Download your HOPE Guide for August

hope manual coverWe are very excited to present to you our August HOPE Guide that assists the First Priority HOPE Strategy for our middle through High school clubs! You will be provided with a detailed guide each month to help you plan your club meetings. If you work with a First Priority club in any way, this is for you! This HOPE Guide is a comprehensive, informational packet of resources that leads, guides and directs teacher sponsors, campus coaches and students in carrying out the HOPE Strategy. It is simple to follow and easy to implement. It will be very beneficial for students when planning club meetings each month. You will be trained on how to use the monthly HOPE Guide at one of the many trainings we are offering in August. In the meantime, we invite you to go ahead and download the August HOPE Guide, review and share it with your leadership team, and begin implementing it. Click here to retrieve the August HOPE Guide. Simply fill in your e-mail address and school, and then you can download the Guide. This is how you will access the monthly guides each month. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 205.871.8886 if you have any problems or questions. Don’t wait; download the August Guide now!

Registration is now available for City-wide

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We would like to invite you to our next City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, in the Student Center. Come join us for FREE lunch and a great time of networking and fellowship. We will also be holding a First Priority Campus Coach club training immediately following the City-wide. Please make plans to stay for this important training that will help prepare you for the new school year. CLICK HERE to register for City-wide now.

Our special guest speaker is Ed Newton, staff evangelist at First Baptist Church Central Florida, the executive director of the LIFT TOUR, and teaching faculty member of Student Leadership University in Orlando, Fla. Ed was raised in a deaf world. The only child of two deaf parents, he was the voice in the silence for his parents Ron and Libby Newton. Through difficult circumstances and major hardships, Ed was radically saved in high school. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school. God began to show forth His sovereign will in leading Ed to Clearwater Christian College to gain a Bible education, while affording the opportunity to play college basketball for four years. Ed continued his education journey by receiving a Master in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary. Click here to learn more about Ed.

We will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources at this City-wide Luncheon. You don’t want to miss it! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Save the date and make plans now to attend!

Click here to register