Pancakes, served with prayer
Group to offer free food on Northgate
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 21:10
A typical midnight on Northgate doesn’t often feature a kitchen full of sizzling griddles, hundreds of students talking over free pancakes and students praying on the side of the streets, but this weekend will include all of that — with just enough syrup on the side.
Continuing its biannual event, the A&M Baptist Student Ministry will host a complimentary pancake breakfast in the back parking lot of its building from midnight on Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.
The Baptist Student Ministry has been a student organization at Texas A&M since 1921 and has been active in the community and the University through various events. The pancake breakfast has been held twice a year for the past 10 years outside of the Baptist Student Ministry’s building on Northgate.
Joel Bratcher, the director of the Ministry for the last 12 years, said he is excited for the event, as it is an opportunity to interact with the community.
“The breakfast is a lot of fun, it’s an incredibly diverse event,” Bratcher said. “Students from all over College Station come to join. Cooking for these hundreds of students and serving them are our main goals as a ministry.”
Rebecca Hernandez, Class of 1999 and assistant director, said there will be plenty of food for people interested in stopping by.
“We have been doing this for awhile,” Hernandez said. “Last year, we served roughly 2,000 pancakes, with two or three going to each person.”
Around 150 volunteers participate in the event, assisting with set up, cooking and serving pancakes and hot chocolate.
Among the volunteers is Jeff Smith, Class of 2013 and Baptist Student Ministry intern, who will be serving pancakes. Smith said the location of the Baptist Student Ministry building is a blessing for their ministry.
“We want to serve the people around us,” Smith said. “With the Baptist Student Ministry being at Northgate, it gives us an opportunity for thousands of students to know that we want to reach out to them personally.”
Smith said the breakfast is not just about serving pancakes, but about caring for the people of the community.
“We ask the students specific ways we could be praying for them,” Smith said. “We want them to know we care.”
The pancake breakfast is also paired with “36 hours of prayer,” an event where students at the Baptist Student Ministry take hourlong shifts for 36 hours to pray continuously in the front of the building.
“The continuous prayer gives volunteers a chance to ask students if they have anything they would like to be prayed for,” Bratcher said. “We have had an incredible amount of students with prayer requests on Northgate. Even police officers have spoken on prayer needs or any kind of needs.”
The “36 Hours of Prayer” begins on Thursday and will run until Saturday. Couches and coffee will be set up for the students who sign up for one-hour slots. Students will continue praying during the pancake breakfast.
The ministry will offer chocolate chip, cinnamon and buttermilk pancakes.
“We love doing this, ” Hernandez said. “This event gives us the chance to have great conversation over great pancakes.”