Good News Club®
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, 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
In the United States there is a movement among churches to adopt a public school Good News Club.
Adopt a Public School
Churches having Bible clubs in public schools – is this a dream? No, it’s happening! Churches around the world are ministering to children through Good News Club in public schools. In June 2001 this privilege was extended to churches in the United States with a historical Supreme Court ruling (find out more).
God has opened the doors of public schools to the Gospel! CEFis ready and eager to help churches enter the schools, fully equipped to share the Gospel and teach the Bible to school children and extend the biblical influence to families.
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.
To find out if a school in your neighborhood is available to adopt, contact your local CEF office.
What Can 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 times 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 learn what you believe. Community centers and housing complexes are also great places for a club.
How can I get involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. You can pray for the children and teachers in the club. Become a club teacher or helper by contacting your local chapter and asking about training and opportunities. Read More.
God Works in the Hearts of Little Ones
Have you ever wondered if all the time and effort that is put into Good News Club® ministry really makes a difference? CEF of Georgia knows it does! A recent lesson, “David, A Man after God’s Heart” has had profound influence on one little boy’s heart. Consider the story of one Good News Clubteam and Tommy*.
As our Good News Club team was setting up, the teacher whose room we use each week made a significant comment. “You’re making a difference in the lives of these children, especially the one who sits here.” She pointed to one particular chair. I turned to the other volunteers in the room and whispered, “Did you hear that?” They nodded in shock, holding back the high fives. We all knew the little boy she was talking about. Tommy was a little boy who we all sensed needed some extra love.
I wanted to hear more so I asked, “What ways have you seen a difference?” She replied, “Some of the kids in my class are coming to your club. When they started school, they were disrespectful to me, and had a bad attitude, especially this one.” She again pointed to that same chair. “Now they are respectful and have become really nice students.”
Our team was hanging on every word. When that teacher walked out of her room, we were praising God for this good news.
A verse in this Good News Club series is Psalm 119:72, “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” The words and attitude previously coming from Tommy’s mouth were not honoring to God or the teacher, but Tommy soon realized that he didn’t have to have a bad attitude. He learned that with God’s help, he could have a pure heart and right attitude—that was worth more than anything!
Tommy came forward for counseling and received Christ as his Savior at Good News Club! I asked him if he had ever heard before that Jesus loved him and died on the cross to pay for his sins and he said, “No.” This is unbelievable that little children in this country have never heard about Jesus Christ. With tears in my eyes, I listened to Tommy pray to receive Christ as his Savior.
Over 80% of families do not attend church. Where does a child have a chance to hear about Jesus Christ? Likely it would not be at home, or school, and certainly not from cartoons, television shows or popular music. Good News Club is one of the greatest mission opportunities to impact the spiritual lives of unchurched children. God’s Word makes a difference in the lives of girls and boys, and the testimony fromTommy’s public school teacher is proof.
Thank God for churches sharing the good news with children through Good News Club—children that would otherwise never have the opportunity to hear that their sins could be forgiven because of Jesus Christ.
Thank you to CEF of Georgia for sharing this testimony.
*Child's name changed for protection.
Don't Make Them Wait!
Take the case of Austin*. It’s not that Austin, a third grader, is a bad kid or spoiled brat …. So you can imagine his school teacher, Mrs. Hanson’s surprise when the following event occurred.
It was the week after Christmas break in a Georgia elementary school. While making the morning announcements, the principal reminded the children there would be no Good News Club that day…it would resume the next week.
When the announcement was over, Austin shot out of his desk and cried out, “Call her back and tell her we have to have Good News Club TODAY!! It has to be today!! I've waited too long!!”
“Austin, sit back down. And there had better be no more outbursts,” Mrs. Hanson said.
However, Austin continued to plead for his teacher to call the office and tell them there must be Good News Club that day. When Mrs. Hanson became firm with Austin, he sat back down in his desk and began to sob uncontrollably...he was crying so hard he could not talk. Mrs. Hanson took the child to the principal. After Austin settled down some, the principal began to question the child.
Austin explained, “You see…the day before Christmas my father tried to kill my mother. He stabbed her 12 times and thought she was dead, but she lived. They are saying she will never be the same and might not be able to take care of us for a long time. Our father is in jail. They separated us kids and told us we might not ever get to be a family again. I've been waiting a lot of days to get back to my Good News Club, because I know they care about me and would talk to God about us! I don't know anyone else that talks to God and can help us.”
The principal was stunned. When she checked into his story, it was completely true, and none of the teachers knew about it.
Next time you are in the grocery store or driving by a schoolyard, take a good look at the children and remember they have hurts you know nothing about and above all they need the message of Christ. Remember…and then do something about it.