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, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet
with their parent’s permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson
using colorful materials from CEF Press. This action-packed time also includes songs,
Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused
on the lesson’s theme.
Can We Really 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 U.S. have that opportunity, too! 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 attend Good News Club only with their parents’ permission.
What are the benefits?
A Good News Club can identify a home in the neighborhood that is safe for a child to go to in times of trouble. It brings teaching of biblical morality to the neighborhood and connects a child and his family to others, developing a good community spirit. When you teach God’s Word to children in your neighborhood, your neighbors learn what you believe.
What Is Taught in club?
Each week an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press is presented. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. Each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children respond to the Gospel. Every club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.
Who Teaches a Good News Club?
Believers who are concerned for boys and girls work together, volunteering their time and energy, to teach Good News Club. They are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship 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.
In the United States there is a movement among churches to adopt a public school Good News Club. Read more.
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 the CEF office today to find out about a local school your church can adopt.
How can I get involved in a Good News Club?
As a volunteer you will 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. Only a few clubs run year round. Volunteers are needed to teach various segments during the club, help with registration, handing out snacks, and relationship building. Training is offered for volunteers during the fall and private training sessions with individuals, teams, and churches can be arranged.