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See You At the Flagpole, 6:45 am Sharp

First-ever prayer service at the flagpole at Muskego High School is part of a national event that has been going on for more than 20 years.

Sorry for such late notice, but if you're reading this before you head to bed or bright and early on Wednesday, we wanted to share an event that was just passed along to us for 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

"Meet Me at the Flagpole," a brief prayer service led by students, will assemble at (you guessed it) the flagpole at Muskego High School. Students will lead prayers for their school, friends and other students, ending just before school starts at 7:15 a.m.

Although it will be a first for Muskego High School,"Meet Me at the Flagpole" was first begun in April 1990 by a group of teenagers in Burleson, TX assembled for a discipleship retreat. That night they decided to go to three schools and pray around the campus' flagpoles for their friends and fellow students. In June of that year, at a rally of teenagers in Dallas TX, over 20,000 attendees were challenged to organize prayer sessions at their schools, following the Burleson example.  Some 45,000 students at 1,200 schools in four states did just that on Sept. 12 at 7 a.m. The movement went national one year later.

By 1998, over 3 million students across the US and in over 20 other countries met at their school flagpole for prayer. Groups range in size from 1 brave soul, to several hundred students. About 75 percent of the public schools had a prayer service.

Desiree Clark, a MHS parent who is relatively new to Muskego said she was surprised that no one had heard of it here, but response has been good.

"We are not sure how many people will come this first time but my experience has been it gains popularity as the word gets out. It is open to the public, but the prayers are student-led," she said.

Along with prayer, music and refreshments will be a part of the ceremony.

Brittany September 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I tried to get this started for 4 years at MHS. Unfortunately, the principal at the time told me that he thought it was a bad idea. He himself mentioned that he was in Fellowship of Christian Athletes but could not stand by a student who wanted to get a group of students to pray together. It's not that Muskego has never hear of See You At The Pole, its just that we now have a principal who sees that this is the student's choice to make and not his.
Eric Scheberl September 26, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Thanks for sharing Brittany. I can see how it may be scary for a school employee, not wanting to do something that is against the law. It is great to see that each year the law gets better understood and students now get to meet together for See You at the Pole. Don't think your effort didn't help to pave the way, because I am sure it did. What a great day today as about 10 students came out to pray for their school and their friends!
Jim Blixt October 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I was surprised to read this headline. As a Youth Pastor in Muskego for about 10 years, I have had many students partake in See you at the Pole, at Muskego High School. I am grateful to see students participating this year, but disappointed to see this dubbed as the "first-ever". I would say, perhaps it's the "first-ever" event that the media reported on. Thanks Patch for making this important enough to publish. Pastor Jim Blixt Praise Fellowship Church, Muskego, WI

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