More Public Schools Open Up to Student Bible Clubs

student Bible clubs

Opportunities keep popping up for one of the world’s biggest student Bible clubs in a public school. And the club’s adviser is giving some of the credit to CBN News for stories in the past that have let the outside world see how fun and exciting such a club can be for students.

Two-thirds of the student body at Redbank Valley High School in small town New Bethlehem, Pa., rush to the club’s meetings held in the public school’s auditorium one day a week.

Club adviser Joe Harmon and past president, Doug Gundlach, recently traveled to Boston, where churches, parents and students asked if the two men could share suggestions on how to create and sustain such wildly successful Bible clubs throughout the Boston area.

Some 500 Bostonians gathered at a largely Hispanic church in the Chelsea area to take in what the Pennsylvanians had to share.

Harmon has been the Redbank club’s adviser since it started and believes its success can be copied anywhere.

“I think kids are kids no matter where they are,” the history teacher and creator of told CBN News. “I think they can be motivated to learn the Bible in the same way in rural Pennsylvania or in the big city of Boston.”

Playing Disciples, Winds and Waves
The Redbank club puts on lively presentations and wacky skits to keep their meetings fun and appealing.

For instance, Harmon and Gundlach had Boston kids young and old acting out the story of Jesus walking on the water. But not only did the kids play Jesus and the disciples, they became the boat, the waves and the winds, too.

In the process, they also communicated Bible truths about faith and obedience.

One of the reasons the Bostonians want to start Bible clubs in their public schools is to help counteract the sense of despair, fear and sadness that’s hit many students in the wake of the December 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

“So their vision was to create clubs throughout New England,” Harmon said.

After Gundlach and Harmon gave their action-packed presentation, Harmon said he was hopeful the Bostonians would act.

“Take this and get excited and use the gifts that God’s given them to do a Bible club in their own schools,” Harmon said.

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Paul Strand

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