Good News Club
Good News Club is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, and just about anywhere children can easily and safely meet with permission from parents and guardians. Each week the teachers present an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memorization, a missions story, and other activities focused on the lesson's theme. Each club includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.
Can we teach the Bible in public schools?
Yes! The Gospel has been taught freely in public schools all over the world for some time. Now children in the United States have that opportunity as well! In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Good News Clubs v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools in the United States after school hours on the same terms as other community groups. Children can attend Good News Club with parent or guardian permission.
Who teaches a Good News Club?
Believers who are invested in the eternal wellbeing of children work together, volunteering their time and energy, to teach Good News Club. They are trained by CEF to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will enjoy coming. All teachers are required to sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Adults working with the program are screened according to our child protection policy and Pennsylvania state laws. Local churches have also started adopting public school Good News Clubs.
How can my church adopt a Good News Club?
CEF offers church partners a strategic plan, materials, training, support and mentoring. Through a God-centered partnership between the local church and CEF, children's lives change and churches grow.
Churches come to the partnership with the most important ingredient: God's people. A team from your church will bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the school children. CEF offers specialized training for this endeavor.
CEF takes care of the major logistics of getting a club started: contacting the school, providing liability insurance, and conducting background checks. Contact us today to find out about a local school your church can adopt.
How can I get involved in a Good News Club?
Volunteers have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to children, parents, and school employees. Most clubs run for 6-10 weeks in the fall or spring with a few clubs running year round. Volunteers are needed to teach various segments during the club, help with registration, hand out snacks, and build relationships. Training is offered for volunteers prior to the start of the Good News Club season and private training sessions with individuals, teams, and churches can be arranged.