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Southern Illinois Chapter 

A local chapter of CEF of Illinois, Inc.

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MOBILIZE 4 KIDS!

Updated: Apr 29

In the CEF Southern Illinois Chapter well over 250 Good News Club volunteers have attended a start up GNC Training since 2016. Twenty-one teams have launched out to host and conduct an after-school Bible Club at an Elementary School in Southern IL.

Church Leaders are leading by example to reach the next generation of children in Southern IL.

Steadfast, strong, dedicated, creative, people of faith who love God, love people, and have a great desire for children to hear the Good News!


Showing up! Investing time, energy, resources, and most of all allowing their hearts to be touched by the children they serve. There are currently 18 active Good News Bible Clubs meeting after school in Southern IL.

I am truly amazed by the men and woman who go each week to teach the Clubs. They are more than just home-town heroes, they are making a difference in SIL, IL, the USA, the world, and for all eternity!



Many of the GNC teachers who go to public schools immediately after-school are local pastors.


In fact in the Southern IL Chapter there are ten pastors who teach in a Good News Club.


It is with extreme joy and gratitude that I share this news with you! To witness the leadership in our local churches stepping into the position of going to teach the children is extraordinary!


More than 85% of children living in America today do not attend church and that number will continue to rise if the Church leadership stays home.


Church leadership is not just the pastor as some church members like to think. I have served on several church committees over time. I have heard statements like, "well that is the pastor's job" and how about this one..." The preacher is paid to do this kind of thing."

Speaking of going out to visit the sick, shut in's, and share the THE GOOD NEWS with those who have not heard.


I was quick to speak up to say that is not what God said.


The Word of God is very clear about our call as Christians to go into all the world to preach the Gospel and make disciples. It is stunning to think that there are many names on church membership rolls who have never even once stepped out to share the Good News of Jesus with another person. Leaving the walls of the church to GO & TELL the Good News and share the reason for our faith is essential for all believers.


God is raising up many believers to meet the need head on. There are faithful and passionate church members who are taking the charge to lead by example to build a Team to GO reach to teach the next generation!


Thanks to the armies of loving Local Pastors, Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, Sunday School Teaches, Retired School Teachers, Pastor's Wives, Home-school Families, Teenagers, Children's Ministry Leaders, Youth Leaders, and Public School teachers who carry the Bible and the message of the Gospel into our Elementary Schools.


I am more than over joyed that clergy in Southern Illinois see the great need to mobilize to reach the next generation. I am thankful that many are willing to ADOPT-A-SCHOOL in their community to GO and lead by example! The Good News Club mission is work and it takes the whole Body to make these fun and meaningful Clubs happen for the kids in our towns and communities.


As a nation we can not afford to miss this opportunity! We most mobilize now and make the most of the 2001 Supreme Court Ruling on Equal Access in America. It was handed down by God for such a time as this.


To hear how your church can adopt the local school in your area to host and conduct an after-school Bible Club for children, reach out to Robin or Ashley at cefsi.com. We offer a 20 minute presentation in the CEF Office. Invite Robin to your church to speak to the Church Leadership, Outreach Committee, or Missions Committee about how you can make a difference. Kids need to hear the Good News!

Robin











Updated: Mar 14


The soil and the crop has changed. Speaking of the world and the culture.

The Church can no longer burrow it's head in ground to avoid seeing and hearing what they often do not want to face.


It is necessary that we understand the condition of the soil. The soil of the heart of many ministries across our land has lost the most important essential and vital to life nutrients. Many are showing very evident signs of drought resulting in a dense and compacted soil. Hardness of heart. We also observe a very flaky type of soil that nothing is held together by truth and faith. The substance that God told us about in Hebrews 11:1-3.


Jesus referenced several soil conditions in the parable that He told in Matthew 13.

I wonder how many of the hearers on the beach that day, did not care to get the full meaning of the lesson.


The condition of the soil is important for us to understand but, what can we do to change the soil type of another persons field?


Rather should we be more concerned about SEED that we sow?

Is the SEED in the lesson the centerpiece?

Are we sowing the healthy, abundant SEED of the Gospel clearly to a lost world, giving them real HOPE?


The SEED of Gospel has never changed!

We must sow the proper SEED! It is the SEED of the Gospel that is abundant! It is the SEED of the Good News with the MORE. Matthew 13 (verse12).

For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.


At a CEF Good News Club the SEED OF THE GOPSEL is clearly presented to the children. We only plant, and water and it is God who brings the increase.


Pray for God the Holy Spirit to open the hearing and hearts of the children as they come to Club to hear God's Good News , the abundant SEED.


The Power is in the Gospel! Romans 1:16


Robin



That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:15-16



Have you ever thought to yourself or said aloud? "America needs God." It is just that simple. America needs to turn back to God in conversation and in action.


On June 17, 1963 , by an 8-1 vote the United States Supreme Court ruled that school sponsored Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. (???)


The case removed God from public schools and altered the understanding of separation of church and state. Many more court cases in the 80's, 90's and 2000 have further cast long shadows on the subject and has removed the Ten Commandments for schools, banned prayer led by clergy and student-led prayer at high school football games. There are a lot of mis-understandings about separation of church and state by the public and schools! There are lots of mis-understandings about the US constitution.


In June of 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court made Equal Access in America more clear.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Good News Club v. Milford Central School District June 11, 2001

It is legal to allow Good News Club® to meet in school facilities.

On June 11, 2001, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that Child Evangelism Fellowship® could have access to public school facilities to conduct Good News Clubs. The decision stated that Bible clubs such as the Good News Club must be given the same access to school facilities accorded any other non-school-related outside group.

In Good News Club v. Milford Central School District, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a public school which allows use of its facilities to secular groups may not discriminate against religious groups. The Good News Club case involved an adult-initiated and adult-led after-school religious club sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. (CEF)


CEF in Illinois and the Southern Illinois Chapter has been training hundreds of volunteers from churches that partner with CEF to adopt-a-school and host and conduct an after-school Good News Club. The Good News Bible Club is for children in grades K-5th.


Volunteers attend a nine hour training, have a nation-wide background check and complete a Child Protection Policy class. CEF sponsors the Clubs and provides liability insurance to the school district.


CEF provides a registration form and every thing needed for host churches to teach the club.


Parents are given an opportunity to register their child if they wish. Every child who attends Club MUST have a signed and fully completed registration form. Club is 90 minutes, one day a week. Many parents who sign their children up for Club express to churches and volunteers their appreciation for taking the time to conduct a fun and meaningful after-school Bible Club.


Good News Club (GNC) teaches respect for authority, the importance of honesty, and kindness to all people. Each week there is a Bible lesson with application for life. Other club activities include memory verse lesson, songs, games, wonder-time, mission story, and a snack.


There are over 6,000 Good News Clubs meeting after-school in every state in the USA. Some states have time-release and GNC is offered during the school day. Illinois is NOT one of these states however, there will soon to be 18 active Clubs in Southern Illinois meeting immediately after-school.


If your church would like to adopt your local elementary school to host and conduct an after-school Good News Bible Club please CALL ME!


Robin

cefsi.com






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