Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:47

Child Evangelism Fellowship: Every Gospel Believing Church, Every Child, Every Community in Central AL

Written by  Ashley Sherlock
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“I am convinced,” says Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Ala. Chairman Chris Carver, “that there is no greater opportunity today for spreading the Gospel than in reaching out to children.”

 

Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international Bible-centered organization that, for 80 years, has been evangelizing boys and girls with the Bible to establish them in a local church for Christian living. CEF offers different club ministries that include effective tools for evangelism and discipleship. The primary programs are the Good News Clubs and the 5-Day Club, which are fast-paced programs that take the Gospel into the communities of the children.

 

Before Kelley Herring became Ministry Coordinator of CEF of Central Alabama, she volunteered to host a Good News Club in her home.

 

“When they came to conduct the club, I remember listening to them in the other room sharing God’s Word with the children. The teenagers trained by CEF could share the gospel clearer than I could. I listened in awe.”

 

The Good News Club uses trained volunteers that meet with groups of children in schools, homes, and churches to present an exciting Bible lesson in an easily accessible environment. The Good News Club lets kids participate in songs, memory verses and games. It meets once a week during the school year, and because of an equal access law passed in 2001 by the Supreme Court, is allowed to take place in public schools. The Good News Club is a Sunday school on the road, allowing children to establish relationships with the teachers and with God. For some children, this is the only place they’ll learn about God and His Word.

 

Similar to Sunday School on the road, the 5-Day Club is essentially a Vacation Bible School on the road. It’s free and open to boys and girls between the ages of five and twelve. For five consecutive days children are taught by specially trained and screened Christian volunteers through dynamic Bible lessons, creative learning activities, and inspiring stories. This year, the 5-Day Club training was expanded to include partnering churches. These churches sent volunteers to go with trained CEF teens into the community to minister to the children of Central Alabama.

 

Kelley says, “It has been a great opportunity to connect these churches with children and their families in hopes of bringing them into the local church for discipleship and growth.”

 

Chris and Kelley both have several favorite parts of working with CEF. From working with churches and individuals through training to those church members going beyond their comfortable walls to share God’s Word in the community, there’s no shortage of blessing that happens from partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship.  They’ve also seen parents bring their children back to church because of what they’ve seen in their child’s life since participating in the Good News Club.

 

“I love many things about CEF. The more I study the scriptures the more I believe and understand that God loves to use the weak things of the world to confound the wise,” said Carver.

 

In the future, CEF of Central Alabama would like to develop a fully equipped club in 50 elementary schools in the area. Last year there were 20 Good News Clubs. CEF also plans to eventually have 2,500 children in the weekly after-school Good News Club programs. Last year they made it to 1,038 children. While Child Evangelism Fellowship currently has a ministry presence in several counties throughout Alabama, they are looking forward to the day they’ll be able to reach all 15 counties in their region.

 

CEF is currently gearing up for the school year with teacher training for Good News Clubs on August 5. Also, on October 10, CEF will host a comedy night with Michael Jr. from War Room and comedian and internet sensation John Crist at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

 

Child Evangelism Fellowship produces and distributes its own Bible and missionary lessons and materials to help teach the children in the ministries. Many of their materials are translated into more than 89 different languages and are distributed throughout the world.

 

Collaborative efforts within the ministry, with churches and with the community make this ministry successful. Child Evangelism Fellowship is currently in need of volunteers to go into the community. Training is offered for individuals, families, Sunday School classes, small groups and more. You can sign up via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 334.213.7388.

 

The ministry functions through the giving of local churches and individuals. To learn more about partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Alabama and helping further the cause of reaching boys and girls for Christ in our community, visit www.cefcentralalabama.org. You can also find CEF on Facebook as Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc. and Instagram as cefcentralal.

 

A Florida native, Ashley Sherlock made the transition to Alabama to pursue a degree in English. She has a passion for the written word, an affinity for the outdoors, a love for people, and a desire for the Lord.

 

 

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