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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!Bible clubs, Precept Ministries, D4Y

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
  • Neighbors
  • Friends
  • Family
  • 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 studyinductive Bible study, Jonah, D4Y, Precept Ministries

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. precept-radio



I would live to with God's help!
Posted @ Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:09 PM by Andrea Watkins
I have some kids in my neighborhood who I have made friends with and would like to host a Backyard Bible Club. 
What study do you suggest I start with?
Posted @ Friday, June 08, 2012 5:00 PM by Vanita Gibbs
Cost is a big issue where we live and to the type of children that we'd like to have in the study. Is there any way to teach them with out having them have a book? Is there a way to teach them with just the teacher having the book? Can you post pictures of the kids' classes? (Especially the costumes/ outfits from acting out scenes) 
Posted @ Friday, June 08, 2012 10:41 PM by Carrie Nellis
I would like to volunteer to prepare crafts for anyone hosting Backyard Bible studies for children.  
I cannot host - but I can do the crafts.
Posted @ Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:19 AM by Teresa Bateman
We are a new church plant and I am a bi-vocational pastor working 60+ hours a week to provide. Any ideas on backyard Bible clubs for these circumstances.
Posted @ Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:54 PM by Rich
Rich, I honestly suggest you ask God to raise up a volunteer. You can't do everything yourself. Put the suggestion in front of your people, but not just as a "Does anyone feel led to..." Instead cast the vision with your folks - "Can you imagine what would happen if we reached into a neighborhood and ...."  
Get your people excited and then say, "Ok, who's in?" 
Also, probably too late for this summer, but talk to the denomination you are affiliated with and see if any established churches are interested in sending a team on a short term mission trip to led a VBS or Backyard Bible Club in your area. I have seen that happen with great success. Hope this helps,  
David Lawson, the Precept Team.
Posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 9:27 AM by Precept Team
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