What is a Good News Club? Boys and girls ages 5 through 12 gather with their friends to sing interesting visualized songs. They enjoy playing games that help them memorize a verse from God's Word. Through the missionary time they learn of children around the world who are following Jesus. The visualized Bible story applies God's Word to what is happening in their lives. They play review games that help them remember what was taught. An opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Savior is given. Activities that help them grow in Christ are presented. Where Does a Good News Club Meet? Good News Clubs meet in the neighborhood where children live or in their school. We want to make it easy and convenient for them to attend. They meet most often in the friendly atmosphere of a home or a familiar classroom. This can serve as a link between the church and the child's home, bringing the good news right to where the child is. They also can meet in a community center or most anywhere children will gather together. 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 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. 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 Clubs. 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 required to sign the CEF® Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization, along with completing a background check.
5-Day Club is an exciting, fun-filled one and one-half hour held each day for five consecutive days. It includes: dynamic Bible lessons, creative learning activities, inspiring missionary story, meaningful songs, life-changing Scripture memorization. Who sponsors the club? 5-Day Club is sponsored by CEF , an international, Bible-centered organization, which has been in existence for over 80 years. CEF shares the Gospel with more than 25.4 million children each year. Many times local churches co-sponsor the club as an effective outreach. Who can attend? 5-Day Club is open to all boys and girls between the ages of five and twelve, regardless of religious background. Parents are welcome to attend the club with their child. Who teaches the club? Christians who are concerned for the spiritual well-being of children teach the club. These teachers have received specialized training from CEF and are carefully screened as required by the child protection policy of CEF. Is there any cost? There is no charge for children to attend. An optional missionary offering will be taken each day. How will the club benefit children? Children will learn: biblical principles, moral values, character qualities, respect for authority. Will children be safe? CEF has taken specific steps to insure the safety of every child. All club workers have been carefully screened as required by the child protection policy of CEF.
JYou Connection (JYC)
What is JYC?
JYC is a program for young teens that meets either once a week or by-weekly.
The JYC program is designed for those who are too old (or feel they are too old) to attend Good News Club®.
JYC is where young teens discuss living the Biblical truths they have learned in Good News Club and move on to a deeper understanding and application of this truth.
JYC is a Bible study and fellowship time that gives the young teens an opportunity to hear the Gospel, grow in their Christian walk, learn the importance of Christian service and get involved in serving others.
JYC is a way for Christian teens to encourage each other in their Christian walk especially in a public school and unsaved home setting.
What exactly is the age of a “young teen”? The young teens that come to JYC are generally from the ages of 11-14. Why start JYC in your area? Often young teens feel too old for Good News Club and drop out of club. The young teens still need solid Biblical teaching and discipleship. JYC is a way for Christian young teens to invite friends to a meeting where they can hear the Gospel. JYC provides a place for learning Gods’ Word when the young teen cannot attend church. These young teens are potential Good News Club helpers, teachers, volunteers or full-time Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) workers. How is JYC different from Good News Club®? The room is set up for discussion and group activities. The JYC leader is more of a mentor who leads the young teens into discovering and applying Biblical truth. The music content is more complex than that of Good News Club and can lead to discussion. Instruments such as guitars or electronic pianos are often used for accompaniment during JYC song time. The prayer time is more personal as the young teens learn to become aware of and pray for needs of others. The Bible study time includes discussion and/or other teaching methods that actively involve the young teens which cause them to discover the Biblical principles themselves. Various means of visuals are used instead of flannel graph. (Examples: overhead projector; power point, flashcards, objects) Missionary focuses, as well as service projects are emphasized to involve the young teens in outreach and Christian service. Review games or quiz time as well as physical activities are used to apply Biblical truth. Food and fellowship are included which provide the needed social environment that young teens need. What will the young teens learn in JYC? Solid Biblical teaching from God’s Word. Helps for handling problems and life situations they often encounter at home or school. A missionary vision. Training for Christian service. The message of salvation and how to accept Christ’s forgiveness as well as how to share this message with others. What materials are used in JYC? Presently the JYC leaders in the USA are using the Bible study curriculum that was created and written by CEF workers in Europe. When the JYC program grows in the USA and it becomes more cost effective to produce JYC curriculum here in the states, the European curriculum will be adapted and published by CEF Press®. Supplemental material for missions, Bible study devotions, prayer ideas, activities can be used from other publishing companies.
How are you spending your summer? As relaxing as it may be to chill at the pool or hang out with friends, what if you chose instead to make an eternal impact in the lives of kids right where you live? High school and college age students from around your state are coming together to reach the boys and girls of your community – and YOU can be a part of this team! Christian Youth In Action® (CYIA™) is a program designed to train you and a team of other young people in effective and engaging ways to teach children about God. You will attend a one to two week training school where you will learn to present the Gospel clearly on a child’s level, counsel a child for salvation and lead a dynamic club ministry for kids. Components of this club include teaching a Bible lesson, a real-life missionary story and a Bible verse as well as leading songs, games and a fun review time. After this training, you will return to your local community and teach clubs at various locations with a team of other young people. These clubs take place out in the community with predominantly unsaved kids who don’t regularly attend church. You will be able to take the light of the Gospel to them in their apartment complexes, day care centers, neighborhoods, schools and other community locations. Depending on the state you serve in, you will teach clubs from one to five weeks during the summer.
If you have a heart for ministry and want to team up with other young people to reach the children in your community, then CYIA is for you! Just think, this summer you can:
Reach boys and girls with the Gospel
See your faith and vision grow deeper
Build new friendships that will last a lifetime
Grow in communication, teamwork, endurance, responsibility, and self-confidence
Gain experience for ministry in your own local church, school or vocation