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Faith brings students to field at North Hagerstown

October 10, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

It was a night when having a copy of "God's Gameplan" came in handy.

Several copies of the athletic-themed Bible were used during an outreach event Wednesday that drew about 100 people.

"Wouldn't it be great if we could live our lives by this book?" Cory Forsyth asked the group gathered on the field at North Hagerstown High School's Mike Callas Stadium.

Cory, a senior at the school, said he is leader of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization that hosted the event.

"We're coming together to start a sort of revolution for God," he said.

Kevin Smoot, Western Maryland FCA area director, said Wednesday's Fields of Faith event was the second one in Washington County. Last year, it was held at South Hagerstown High.

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"It's for them to be able to share God's word and share their faith," Smoot said.

Anthony Lee, 17, is an FCA member at North Hagerstown High who said Fields of Faith was a chance for students to attend a positive event.

"I think it's a good way to get away from the bad things," he said. "To get their minds off of bad things."

Anthony said the things some students face, like drugs and sex, can take their minds away from their faith.

The school's FCA chapter has about 40 members and is growing.

Anthony's cousin, 17-year-old Raeya Disney, also is a member of FCA at North High.

"It's a good group of kids, and we're all here for a good reason," she said.

Ashley Vere, 14, is a freshman at North High and said she chose to join FCA because she's always been involved with her church.

She said several of her friends were going to Fields of Faith, and she knew she would have fun.

Smoot said the event will be held each year in Washington County.

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