Thinking about starting a Good News Club®? Please call our Chapter at 760-410-8484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you get started!
Download a copy of our 2017-18 GNC Team Handbook by clicking here.
- Start by meeting together regularly to pray for the children in the school where you would like to have a Good News Club. Pray for their families. Pray for the principal and teachers.
- Find out if the school has a Moms In Prayer International™. Contact them about praying for a GNC™. http://www.momsinprayer.org – then go to “Groups”, then “Find a Group”).
- Enlist prayer support from your church, small groups, Sunday school classes, friends and families.
2. Spread the word
- Show a short informational video by following this link or copying and pasting to share in emails.
- Keep your eyes open for those who have an interest in reaching the kids in the public schools. Let everyone know that you are scouting for helpers. Put an announcement in your church bulletin. Forward this link in emails: http://cefnorthsandiego.com/gnc/
- We’ll be happy to come to your church or small group and present the ministry of Good News Clubs. Just let us know when and where by clicking here.
- Arrange a visit with us to observe a Good News Club in progress (click here to contact us).
3. Form a team
- How many? Five committed volunteers are required, plus one sub and one prayer warrior (or 3 regular team members plus a sub and one prayer warrior for middle schools). Decide on one person to serve as team leader or coordinator.
- Discuss and decide who would like to do what. At least two volunteers should be willing to share the task of teaching the Bible lesson. Helpers are needed to take attendance and keep records, lead the songs, lead games, teach the memory verse, tell the missionary story, and help with snacks.
- Decide on a day of the week for the club when everyone is available. Check the school’s weekly schedule for release times each day.
- Decide how many six-week segments you would like the club to run.
To view the curriculum, click here.
- Training for volunteers: Representation at the training is required of the team. To preview training online, click here. Call or email us about the location of live training sessions held in North County.
- Screening of volunteers is required. Each one can start the process when he or she commits to joining the team. Forms can be downloaded here. Screening must be completed before we can apply to the school district for facility use.
- Teaching materials are available from CEF Press® at CEFpress.com. Contact us for ordering or more information.
4. Complete Team Leader’s Checklist
- Please download, print, and complete the Team Leader’s Checklist (click here). Scan and return it to us by email or fax it to us at 760-520-118 or mail it to: CEF, PO Box 267, Escondido, CA 92033.
5. Provide information for Facility Request
- Our CEF office takes care of contacting the school district and submitting facility requests.
- CEF provides the liability insurance, which all school districts require.
- School districts typically require 3-4 weeks for the entire approval process.
6. Announce the club (Permission slips)
- CEF takes care of getting approval for paper or electronic flyers to be distributed through the school. This usually takes a few extra days. Flyers include a parental permission form that each child must bring to the club.
- Each club is responsible for making any needed paper photocopies of flyers. Most schools have started using e-flyers only. Paper flyers need to be provided at the club for children arriving (with parents) without a permission slip, for children asking questions about GNC as they pass by, and for children who want to invite their friends.
- Every child in the club must have a hard copy of the permission slip filled out and signed by the parent.
- If the flyers are slow in getting approved by the district, but the room has been approved and the first club day is coming up, you can do the following to advertise your club: Contact families from last year and ask them to spread the word; hand out announcements on the sidewalk near the school; hold a sign with date, time and room number (get school permission first!).
7. Plan and prepare for the first day
- Be sure everyone is prepared for his/her assigned tasks.
- Have available plenty of name tags for the children, and badges for each volunteer.
- Volunteer badges are supplied by our chapter at your training.
- Make a schedule and give a copy to each team member (click for a weekly schedule or sample).
- For more information and ideas, click here.
- Have a dry run!
- Enlist continuing prayer support for the children who will attend the club, their families, and the volunteers!
- It’s exciting for church members who aren’t physically part of the club to hear praise reports and to be able to participate and contribute to one of their church’s outreaches by interceding in prayer.
- Submit praise reports and prayer requests to CEF so we can be praying for and sharing your needs. Please email us at: email@example.com.
Questions? Please call our office at 760-410-8484, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org