Backyard Bible Clubs
Looking for a way to reach your corner of the world for the kingdom of Christ? Well, here is one. What about hosting a Backyard Bible Club this summer? A Back Yard Bible Club gives you the opportunity to impact your little corner of the world in the name of Jesus by engaging the kids in your neighborhood, and showing the love of Jesus to their parents.The impact you will make may not be fully realized until heaven.
What is a Backyard Bible Club?
A Backyard Bible Club is similar to a Vacation Bible School or a summer Bible study for kids in your own neighborhood. A lot of children can’t or won’t come to a church building for an event. This is your opportunity to bring the church to them!
How Do I Get Started?
Pray. You need to know in your heart that this idea is of the Lord and that it is He that has called you to this ministry effort.
Put together a team. Ask God to raise up others to come along side you. This sort of effort is too much for one person. You might ask:
- Your Sunday School class
- Precept Bible Study class
- Youth minister
Choose a meeting place. A Backyard Bible Club can meet almost anywhere. They can meet in your own backyard, a local neighborhood park, the recreation room in your apartment complex, or anywhere you have room and the noise of children learning is not going to create a problem. For our D4Y studies the kids will need a way to work in the workbook so tables or benches would be great.
Choose your meeting schedule.
You may want to meet once a week for the entire summer or you may decide to meet once a day for 6 days. Both options have their advantages. To use the Discover 4 Yourself series effectively you will need a 2-3 hour block of time for each club meeting.
Choose a study
Two of our favorite studies for this summer are:
Wrong Way, Jonah!
Becoming God's Champion, a study of 2 Timothy.
Keep your goal in mind.
Your goal for a Backyard Bible Club is the same as it would be for any Precept study, to establish people in the Word of God. Some people see evangelism or behavior modification as the main goals. They want to be sure the children come to know the Lord and act accordingly. But, if you establish them in the Word, and help them learn about God then those two things will happen as a result.
Next week, June 13, we will talk more about the details of the day to day schedule and study. For more information listen to Precept Radio's June 6th program on Backyard Bible Clubs.