The most spiritually productive harvest field in Williamsburg or anywhere is among a youth group. Statistics show that the great majority of people who accept Christ do so between the ages of four and fourteen.
At CEF® Virginia Peninsula we strive to engage children in the Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton area through our ministries. They are after school Good News Clubs®, summer time 5-Day Clubs® and CYIA™ which reaches teens. We serve the 45,000 children in our area through the support of local churches, prayer and support partners and volunteers, .
What is a Good News Club?
Good News Club® is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with a youth group in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes. Just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission you could find a 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, stories, games and activities focused on the lesson’s Scripture theme.
As with all CEF ministries, Good News Clubs evangelize to boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They disciple them in the Word of God and connect them with 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 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.
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. We also encourage all children to attend a local church.
Who teaches a Good News Club?
Concerned Christians volunteer their time and energy to teach boys and girls at Good News Club. We screen adults working with the program according to our child protection policy, then they are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship. Teachers also sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Then they are ready to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep coming.
In the United States there is a movement among churches to adopt a public school Good News Club.