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TF South’s Bible club continues its prayer at the flagpole tradition

LANSING, Ill. (April 26, 2024) – A crowd gathered to pray and worship at the flagpole of TF South High School on the morning of April 18 as the school’s P7 Bible Club continues its “Prayer at the Pole” events.

Angela Shama, Counselor at TF South and club sponsor says the event is led by the students of the Bible Club and co-sponsored by the school’s paraprofessional, Carmencita Isby.

Project 7 Club at TF South

Project 7 (P7) was created to help high school and middle school students start Christian Bible Clubs on their campuses. P7’s mission is to provide “opportunities for students to participate in a spiritually inspired, relationship-oriented, community-serving project in their school, says the Project 7 website.

Current members of the TF South P7 Bible Club include President Taylor Clark (fourth from left) and Vice-President Carla Washington (center). (Photo provided)

The P7 Bible Club at TF South was originally started by TF South alumni Christian Williams-Clark in 2022. He served as the president of the club and organized the “Prayer at the Pole” events before graduating last year.

TF South junior Taylor Clark took over the position of president after Williams-Clark graduated.

“We find comfort in it,” said Clark. “We are with other believers so we can come in and have a safe place to be.”

Clark says the club meets after school every second and fourth Monday to play games, watch movies, read scriptures, and partake in discussions about the Bible.

A morning of prayer and worship

Clark invited her church choir, The Eagles Nest Ministry at Calvary Community Church, to sing, and her father Pastor Don Clark to preach at the event.

Clark’s father and pastor of the Eagles Nest Ministry at the Calvary Community Church in South Holland preached and prayed over the crowd at the April 18 “Prayer at the Pole” event. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

The event began at 7:30 a.m. with a musical selection from the Eagles Nest Ministry choir accompanied by a pianist and lead singer. They sang several Gospel songs throughout the event including Lord You Are Good to Me and You Are God.

Students and faculty members gathered to hear Pastor Clark preach the Word.

After Pastor Clark spoke, TF South Junior and P7 Bible Club vice-president Carla Washington came up to give a few encouraging words.

“I decided I needed to make a change and take a step up and strengthen my walk with Christ,” Washington said.

“I think that what we are doing here at the school is amazing and great. I feel I have been able to grow further into the Word, understand God’s Word, and figure out my purpose in life which is what our program is truly about,” she continued.

Toward the end of the event, Pastor Clark also provided individual prayer for those who wanted it. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

President Clark also preached a short sermon.

“God loves you unconditionally, he has a plan for you and it is time to choose who you are going to serve. Is it going to be him or the world? Because it cannot be both. Choosing the path of God comes with such a great reward,” she said.

Pastor Clark prayed over the school’s students and staff before providing individual prayer for those who wanted it.

The next “Prayer at the Pole” event will take place outside TF South on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 a.m.

TF South is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue in Lansing.

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Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.