1. There is a movement, which began in 2001, to actively teach the gospel in public elementary schools through an after school program known as “Good News Clubs.” In Good News Clubs V. Milford Central School a right to incorporate Bible clubs as an after school activity was established. Through Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Good News Clubs meet in classrooms, gymnasiums, and anywhere students can safely meet with multiple teachers presenting exciting, action packed Bible lessons. With the provided materials from CEF Press, which includes songs, scripture memory, a missions story, and review games, teachers are fully equipped to entertain, exercise, and prepare students for the gospel and inception into a local church.
Teachers of the clubs are members of the local church who are led to set aside one afternoon a week to evangelize to the elementary school students of their community. These teachers are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship and screened according to the Child protection policy, what determines their availability to teach in the school.
Christian Rights Ministries has been led to represent the Hampton Roads area as ambassadors of CEF as well as providing legal support if there is ever need. Though there has been success networking with local pastors and finding volunteers, there is still a need for more clubs in the remaining elementary schools. If this is something that God had put on your heart please take a moment and view www.cefonline.com or contact Chaplain Jim Donley at (757) 236-1531. There is a need more than ever for our schools to once again have the Bible within its walls. Through CEF and the Good News Clubs this is once again possible.
2. Bible in History and Literature
A phenomena in American society claims the Bible
has no place in our public schools. This
falsehood, under the misconstrued Separation
of Church and State, was derived from the verdict of Abington v. Schempp (374
U.S. 203 (1963)), which eliminated the Bible as a devotional tool from the
public school system. Despite the words of Justice Clark, “It
might be well said that one's education is not complete without a study of
comparative religion or the history of religion and its relationship to the
advancement of civilization. It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy
of study for its literacy and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here
indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented
objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected
consistently with the First Amendment,” it was taken out completely, and
an overzealous expulsion of any Biblical material from the public
educational system. It is not the Bible that truly suffers, the churches or
conservative politicians, but the children of present and future generations
who are being deprived of their right to the knowledge of how their country
came to be. In a study specific to our founding era, which was 1760-1805,
ninety- four percent (94%) of our documents had a biblical base or application;
as well, thirty –four percent (34%) actually contain direct quotations from the
What sense is there in learning history, and not that which influenced it? There is no sense. To that end, we have joined with the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools to add
It is obvious our country is in danger and as conservatives; we know it is our responsibility to labor to fix our countries wrongs. It is obvious the lack of Biblical knowledge and influence in our schools it shaping us into the socialistic and secular hedonism we now find ourselves. Woodrow Wilson said, "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about." Please continue to pray for our leaders and the school board members in our state, as we embark not only to change history, but rescue it.