Good News Club
After School Programs
Good News Club is a voluntary after-school Bible club that meets each week on public elementary school campuses, community centers or anywhere one is organized. Clubs include a Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press, songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.
Who teaches a Good News Club?
Christians who are concerned for the spiritual well-being of the next generation invest in boys and girls through the Good News Club program. Volunteers are trained by CEF to have a club that is meaningful and fun. Volunteers sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Most importantly they are screened according to our Child Protection Policy.
In Missouri many Good News Clubs in public schools are adopted by local churches as a community outreach.
How can I get involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. Pray for children and volunteers in the club or become a volunteer by contacting your local chapter and ask about training opportunities. Financial contributions are also needed so others may be able to receive training to start a Good News Club.
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 can Good News Club Do For My Neighborhood?
In addition to schools Good News Clubs can be taught in other locations. Community centers and housing complexes are also great places for a club. Good News Club can identify a home in the neighborhood that is safe for a child to go to in times of trouble. The Good News Club brings the teaching of Jesus Christ to neighborhoods. 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 learn what you believe.
What Is Taught in Good News 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 to trust the Lord Jesus as Savior. Every club also includes strong discipleship training to teach children more about the God of the Bible and his love and mercy. All children are encouraged to make a connection with a local church community.
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 Club. They are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship to have a club that is exciting and where children can safely learn about God. 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. Read more.