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FCA’s Fields of Faith brings student athletes together in worship

Students sway their arms as a praise band with Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins performs during a 2012 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fields of Faith event at Perry High School’s Herb St. John stadium.
Students sway their arms as a praise band with Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins performs during a 2012 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fields of Faith event at Perry High School’s Herb St. John stadium. jvorhees@macon.com

On game day, the athletes across the field are the enemy. But Wednesday night, that foe could become family.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ annual Fields of Faith event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Freedom Field in Houston County.

“Let’s gather them with excitement, and let’s hear from the students about their faith in Jesus,” said Daryl McElwain, the Central Georgia FCA metro director.

The event revolves around students and student athletes from schools throughout Middle Georgia. The event started nationally in the early 2000s and is held every October for the Middle Georgia community.

FCA usually holds two events, one in Warner Robins and one in Macon, but the organization decided to combine the two this year.

The night will feature music from Southside Worship. Food from Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s, Pinkie’s Shaved Ice and Sweet Melissa Travels will be available.

At 7 p.m., the main program will begin.

“It has really become a peer-to-peer event throughout the years,” McElwain said. “You won’t see very many adults on stage. You’ll see students (and) student athletes who have been nominated by their coaches as young people who are really walking the walk and talking the talk.”

McElwain said students will share just about anything — whether it’s their testimony, something God is doing in their lives right now or simply a verse that has always stuck out to them. After the students speak, Jacob Green, the senior pastor at Shirley Hills Baptist Church, will wrap up the messages before everyone is invited to come onto the field for a call to faith.

“It’s pretty amazing to see football players, especially, who have maybe not heard the Gospel before, and it changes their hearts,” said April Cassell, the FCA area director for Macon. “Even though there’s some division between private and public, there’s really no division when you come together as Christians.”

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