Reading, writing, and arithmetic are all subjects that students go to school to learn, but some local churches are trying to land a spot in the curriculum.
It is all part of an after school program called the Good News Clubs.
“The bible says he'll do that for you and forgive you of your sins and you can live in that wonderful place called heaven,” Nathan Sayre, Good News Clubs Coordinator said.
It might sound like Sunday School class, but these biblical lessons are taking place in a public school--after school. It's called the Good News Club.
“It's a vacation bible school style ministry where local churches go into the elementary schools to conduct these ministries,” Sayre said.
Sayre is the local director for Child Evangelism Fellowship and the sponsor of the clubs.
“The club teaches bible lessons, memory verses, plays games with the kids. There are snacks that are served, they learn about missionaries, they sing songs and it all happens right here in school after school,” Sayre said.
“The biggest thing we're trying to teach the children is God's love for them and that they have someone with them at all times,” Buddy Baker, the club leader said.
Buddy is a local minister and he and friends and family lead this club. He said if there's any doubt in these clubs, the proof is in the feedback!
“Our children are more willing to come to school because they want to go to the good news club, the children have been better behaved, and they're more willing to be friendly and show a good attitude because of the good news club,” Jessica Mulvaney, a teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary said.
“When you see them go down the hall, you don't see as much bickering and fighting as you do at other schools. It makes a big difference,” Buddy said.
But, the demand for these clubs outweighs the supply of churches reaching out to help.
“We've had schools and principals ask us to come in to their schools and we've had to tell them we're waiting on local churches to catch the vision and adopt their local school,” Sayre said.
“As a believer, it's awesome to see kids want to learn about Jesus and god and to do that in a school setting is awesome,” Mulvaney said.
For Buddy, the rewards are well worth the time.
“It's awesome... We serve a mighty God,” Buddy said.
Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international organization reaching 170 countries. Last year, there were 11.3 million children involved in ministries.
If you’d like more information about how to get involved in the local clubs, you can contact the local office at 304-522-3777 or contact them online at cefonline.com.