Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day
Q: What time do Good News Clubs meet?
A: Times vary depending on when each school dismisses. They begin immediately after school and usually run for approximately 90 minutes. Typically, they are 3:30 – 5 pm but it varies by club.
Q: What clearances do I need to volunteer?
A: CEF USA requires the following background checks for each volunteer age 18 and older: National Criminal Database Search, National Sex Offender Registry Search, and Social Security Number Address History Trace. We run these for you. As of 2015, the state of Pennsylvania also requires the following background checks for every volunteer age 18 and older: PA State Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, a signed statement that you have not been involved in a felony or crime involving children if you have lived in PA at least 10 years or an FBI fingerprint check IF you have NOT lived in PA for 10 years.
Q: Do I need to attend every Good News Club if I volunteer?
A: While we certainly understand absences due to illness or a previous commitment, we do ask that you make Good News Club a priority because the children are excited to see you and those relationships are foundational to sharing the love of Jesus. If you know you cannot make a specific date, let your Team Leader know as soon as possible so he or she can find a substitute for that week.
Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?
A: We have volunteers of all ages! If you have given your life to Jesus and you love children, you can volunteer. Our clubs have men, women, boys and girls all serving in various capacities. Our youngest volunteers are usually 12-years-old.
Q: If I can’t attend the club, can I volunteer behind the scenes?
A: Yes! Volunteers are needed outside of Good News Club to do things such as pray for the children’s prayer requests, help prepare materials, and provide or prepare snacks.
Q: What kind of training is involved?
A: Initial six-hour training is required by CEF USA for all adult volunteers. This 2-session training is available during both day and evening hours. Youth training is offered as an alternative for volunteers in middle or high school. Trainings are scheduled before the club season begins. In addition, all volunteers are required to attend a 2-hour Refresher training at the beginning of each club session. These trainings will prepare you for your role in club and help to familiarize you with the materials for each season.
Q: May I bring my other children to club?
A: Yes. Children who are close to the club age may benefit from being part of a small group in club. Older children may wish to get involved as club helpers. Younger children are welcome; however, you need to use your own discretion as to what your younger child can handle.
Q: If there is not a club at the school where I want to volunteer, can I start a new club?
A: Absolutely! We follow God’s lead and if He places it on your heart to start a new club, we will guide you through the process. First, we need a Partner Church to support the club. Secondly, we need at least five trained volunteers. At that point, we will assist you in working with the school district to get dates and register children. The key component is prayer – be sure God is leading the way.
How Can I Get Involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. You can pray for the children and teachers in the club. Become a club teacher or helper by contacting your local chapter and asking about training and opportunities.