First Priority and See You at the Pole™ (SYATP) are celebrating 30 years this school year! The annual SYATP observance takes place THIS Wednesday, September 23, and we invite you to take part in one of the largest prayer movements in our nation. We strongly encourage students and adults to follow all applicable local school guidelines and mandates. Because of COVID-19, some schools have not returned to school full-time so they may choose to delay their SYATP meeting until one month later. We are suggesting Wednesday, October 28, as an alternative date.
SYATP is about one simple thing – STUDENTS in PRAYER. Before school, students will meet at their school’s flagpole to pray for their friends, families, teachers, school, city, state and nation to God. SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized and student-led event. Did you know that First Priority has been promoting and coordinating SYATP since the early 90’s? The picture below from 1993 at Vestavia Hills High School is what we believe was the first (or among the first) SYATP gatherings in Alabama.
“See You at the Pole this year will be like no other,” said First Priority Greater Birmingham Ministry Director Debi DeBoer. “Whether students are on campus or learning remotely, prayer will happen. As a nation, we need to return to the Lord and repent for present and past sins. Only then can relationships be restored and healing begin. Awaken our hearts, revive us or we can slumber and watch another generation be without hope.”
For this year’s theme, scripture verse and multiple resources including graphics, a planning guide, ways to report attendance numbers and links to videos, visit our Web site.
THIS Wednesday, September 23, we encourage you to gather with your family, at your place of business with coworkers or even online and HUMBLE yourselves in PRAYER and SEEK the face of God and take part in one of the LARGEST prayer movements in our nation. PRAY for friends, families, teachers, schools and our world.