Coaches, athletes, and others from North Jersey will have the chance to gather together at North Hunterdon High School this month for a Fields of Faith prayer service.
It happens after almost every NFL game: A group of players will gather in a circle, kneel, and pray. Regardless of whether their team won or lost, they’re there.
Moments of silence are often observered before high school games. People bow their heads from 10 to 30 seconds and wait. Then, it’s game on.
Those quick hits of prayer and reflection will be dwarfed when dozens, or potentially hundreds, of people attend the Fields of Faith service. The service is Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the football field.
Fields of Faith is a ministry of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). They are student-led events where kids engage with, pray for, and challenge their peers to follow Jesus Christ and read the Bible. Athletic fields provide a neutral setting where the community can come together. Hundreds of people have been know to attend the gatherings.
Dozens of people, including 15 coaches, attended a recent Fields of Faith event at Raritan High School in Hazlet.
“It was a great night,” said Harry Flaherty, director of FCA in New Jersey. “We had a lot of high school students who shared how they gave their lives to Christ.”
Engage, Equip, and Empower
Fields of Faith is one of FCA’s initiatives. The nationwide nonprofit exists to minister to Christian athletes at their schools, at every level, and in their communities. The organization uses sports as a way of introducing others to the Gospel. There are more than 160 chapters, or “huddles” as FCA calls them, in New Jersey.
“We engage, equip, and empower coaches to lead the huddles,” Flaherty said.
Nearly 200,000 people attended more than 520 Fields of Faith events nationwide in 2018.
By Daniel Hubbard, editor