Community gathers in prayer ahead of start of school year

'Meet You on the Field' prayer event in Paragould

PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - A few dozen people gathered in prayer Sunday evening on the 50-yard line of a high school football field.

Their goal: to pray for the upcoming school year.

The Meet You On the Field prayer event began seven years ago, following the deaths of three Paragould students.

Hannah Bunch has been organizing the events ever since losing her friend in 2012.

The meet you on the field prayer event has been going on for seven years; the event has followed the three people who died in the community in 2012.
The meet you on the field prayer event has been going on for seven years; the event has followed the three people who died in the community in 2012. (Source: KAIT-TV)

“I just felt the Lord tell me that I just needed to start a community prayer,” she said.

Parents, kids, and faculty were among those who gathered in prayer. Packy Magel said his three kids urged him to pray.

The school year for Paragould School District begins Tuesday, August 13.
The school year for Paragould School District begins Tuesday, August 13. (Source: KAIT-TV)

“The scripture tells us the prayer of a righteous man unveils much, it makes a big difference,” he said. “My kids are getting ready to go back to school and I just think it makes a big difference to ask the Lord to be with them, to use them.”

He said prayer can be heard at any time.

“You can maybe legally separate church from the state but you can’t take the church out of the school system,” he said. “You might can legally take prayer from school, but you can always talk to the Lord no matter where you’re at.”

The school year for Paragould School District begins Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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