Prayers, pigskin highlight ‘1000 Youth March’ Friday

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Aug 26, 2007 - A crowd of school personnel, parents, pastors, students and youth groups gathered Friday night on the downtown square for the first-ever “1000 Youth March” to pray for the upcoming school year, which begins Monday morning throughout the county.

Staff Photo by Patti Sells

Members of the SSHS varsity football team, grand marshals of the “1000 Youth March,” bow their heads in prayer during the event Friday evening on the downtown square just before their final home scrimmage.

Though the numbers for the March were relatively small — approximately 80, plus the Sulphur Springs High School varsity football team — C.J. Duffey, pastor of Color Blind Ministries, said he plans to make this an annual event on the Friday before school starts, and hopes each year will get better and better.

The SSHS football team was on hand as grand marshals of the event and Head Football Coach Greg Owens, as well as SSHS principal Jonn McCullough, took the stage to say prayers of encouragement. As the team left to prepare for their last scrimmage of the summer, the band The Cor (Christ Our Refuge) took the stage to entertain the crowd with Christian music. The event ended as participants marched around the square seven times, praying against violence, drugs, gangs, teen pregnancy, confusion and divorce.

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