From the beginning the Good News Club® has been at the heart of CEF ministry. Clubs meet once a week during the school year in public schools, community centers, homes, churches and other locations.
Thousands of after-school CEF Good News Clubs are being held in public schools nationwide. Since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2001 confirming the freedom of access to elementary public schools, clubs have been opening up even in districts that denied permission for years!
Although CEF has many strong outreach ministries to children, Good News Clubs are especially important. We work in cooperation with public schools to supplement the children’s education with biblical principles. Sound Bible teaching not only helps children grow spiritually – it also has a positive impact on their personal and home life, school performance and decision-making skills.
Each week the trained teachers present an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials. This action-packed time also includes dynamic songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.
- Good News Club FAQ
Can we really teach the Bible in public schools?
Yes! The Supreme Court ruled in 2001 in Good News Clubs v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools after school hours on the same terms as other community groups. Public school Good News Clubs are an asset to schools and do not add any cost or liability to the school district. Children who wish to participate stay after school one hour per week and must have a signed parental permission slip. Parents and guardians arrange for transportation home.
What is taught in Good News Club?
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. As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of public school Good News Clubs 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. To accomplish this goal, each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust Jesus as Savior. Each 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 volunteering their time and energy to teach Good News Clubs. They are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship® to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep coming. 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.
What can a Good News Club do for my neighborhood?
A Good News Club can identify a home in the neighborhood that is safe for a child to go to in time of trouble. It brings the teaching of biblical morality to his neighborhood. It connects the child and his family to others where they live developing a good community spirit. When you teach God’s Word to children in your neighborhood, your neighbors learns what you believe. Community centers and housing complexes are also great places for a club.
How can I get involved?
If every public elementary school student in the United States could join a Good News Club, we could revolutionize our culture in one generation!
Many churches have caught this vision and have partnered with CEF to adopt a school as their mission field. They pray for the children, recruit teachers and seek ways to promote the club to the elementary children in the school. Once their team is assembled, CEF comes alongside to provide the training and materials to make the club a success.
You and your church can partner with us! To get involved with the Coastal CEF Chapter, call our office at (843) 300-5330 or email us.