What is a 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, or just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Each week teachers present 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. As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.
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 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 can attend Good News Club only with their parents’ permission.
What is taught in Good News Club?
Each week an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press is presented, as well as Scripture memory, songs, games, and much more. Small groups may even be formed, allowing students to get to know their teachers better and interact with their group in a more relational setting.
Each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust the Lord Jesus as Savior. 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?
Christians who are concerned for boys and girls work together by volunteering their time and energy to teach Good News Club. Volunteers are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep attending. Teachers are asked 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. In the United States, there is a movement among churches to adopt a public school Good News Club by sponsoring the club and sending their own church members to teach.
How can I get involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. Prayer is always needed, both for the children and teachers. You can also become a club volunteer by contacting us and asking about opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.