No one sat down or raised their fist in protest during the National Anthem.
Adults and children prayed together in the bleachers. Even before the formal prayer began, small groups of people joined together to pray.
Fields of Faith 2016, was in full swing.
The event, designed to bring Christians and Christian athletes from all the Cecil and Kent County schools together, is held annually.
Hannah Northrup, an 11th grader at Rising Sun High is a member of the FCA, (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and has attended Fields of Faith before. She was excited for the Wednesday, October 12 event to begin. "It renews the soul in a way and brings everyone back to God...This just gives you hope that not everything in the world is total crap," said Northrup.
Gracehope Stevens was planning to do what she did a year ago. Stevens was one of those who would provide a testimony about her Christian faith. "This is about coming together and telling people about God. Some people may not know about him. I'm nervous and excited to speak," said Stevens. "I'm going to talk about the struggles of high school and how to combat them.
Brian Hamson, from FCA provided the welcome. Alexis Brewer led the opening prayer. Katie Eisenhuth sang the National Anthem. Bethany Wilson from Rising Sun High, and Ben Savick from Perryville High, served as masters of ceremonies.
Tyler Durrant read the FCA Competitor's Creed. Wilson shared the impact of the FCA. Brett Rush led worship. Eisenhuth, Sadie Leonard, and Gracehope Stevens provided personal testimonies. Josh McCord, pastor of Conowingo Baptist Church, provided a message.
Wilson, a junior at Rising Sun High, said she was overwhelmed. "It's amazing that we can do this on public school grounds. This (football) field isn't always used for God's grace. We're here praising God and screaming his name," said Wilson.
Anyone interested in joining the FCA, meetings are held the following days/times:
Rising Sun High, Wednesdays at 7 a.m.
Rising Sun Middle, Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
Perryville High, Tuesdays at 7 a.m.
Perryville Middle, Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
North East Middle, Thursdays at 2:45 p.m.
Elkton High, Thursdays at 7 a.m.
Bo Manor High, Wednesdays at 7 a.m.
The Tome School, Wednesdays at 1:45 p.m.