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After-school Good News Clubs are Bible classes children may attend once a week after school hours. They are an excellent opportunity for children in public schools to hear the Gospel and learn the truth of God's Word.

The U. S. 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. CEF respects the parents' right to decide if their child should attend CEF events held on school property. Therefore, signed parental permission is required for attendance.

After-school Good News Clubs are a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship. CEF ® was founded in 1937 by Rev. J. Irvin Overholtzer, a man with a God-given vision for reaching boys and girls in need of the Savior. Today his vision lives on in over 150 countries where CEF serves.

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.

 
What is taught in after-school Good News Clubs

Each week the teachers present an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press ® . This action-packed time with the children 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 after-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 clubbers are encouraged to attend a local church.

Why do children need to learn biblical principles?

Every day in America:

>> 6 children commit suicide
>> 13 children are homicide victims
>> 14 children are killed by firearms
>> 5,753 children are arrested
>> 34 children die from accidents
>> 1,329 babies are born to teenage mothers
>> 367 children are arrested for drug abuse
>> 17,297 public school students are suspended

Children's Defense Fund

" If a person does not accept Jesus Christ as Savior before the age of 14, the likelihood of ever doing so is slim."

- Barna Research

A nationwide survey of more than 4,200 young people and adults provided the following statistics regarding the likelihood of various ages choosing Christ as Savior:

Ages 5-13 -- 32%
Ages 14-18 -- 4%
Ages 19 or older -- 6%

- Barna Research

After-school Good News Clubs are Bible classes children may attend once a week after school hours. They are an excellent opportunity for children in public schools to hear the Gospel and learn the truth of God's Word.

The U. S. 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. CEF respects the parents' right to decide if their child should attend CEF events held on school property. Therefore, signed parental permission is required for attendance.