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Taking a look at the ‘Good News Club’

Pam Bennett teaches the Good News Club, which is sponsored by First Southern Baptist Church. (Diane DeHamer/Courtesy)

Pam Bennett teaches the Good News Club, which is sponsored by First Southern Baptist Church. (Diane DeHamer/Courtesy)

The Good News Club, is an after school class at Territorial Elementary school that is taught by Pam Bennett and seven other Christian volunteers and sponsored by First Southern Baptist Church. They have training once a year with the Child Evangelism Fellowship Organization, and full background checks.

“This will be our second semester at the school teaching kindergarten through second grade students about the gospel. The class consists of a Bible lesson, a memory verse, games that reinforce moral lessons, and action songs. We also have a ‘God Can’ where the children can drop in prayer requests,” Bennett explained.

“The students in each class at Territorial are given permission slips to take home for their parents to sign, and they must bring the permission slip with them to the class to be able to be part of the club. Last semester we had 40 children registered, and hope to have even more this semester,” she added.

The Good News Club is 2:45 to 4 p.m. every Thursday and will start on Sept. 20 in the school cafeteria.

“When I’m teaching a Bible class, I try to make it as exciting and interesting for the kids to hold their attention. For instance, when I tell the story of Noah and the Ark, I come in with an umbrella, wearing a raincoat and rubber boots. Then I say to them,’I’m going to tell you about the biggest storm there ever was!’” This is what gets their curiosity aroused and they start asking questions,” said Bennett.

“One time I asked the children, ‘can anyone say John 3:16? A little kindergarten boy raised his hand and said, yes, John 3:16.”

“I like teaching this class because I love working with children, and I enjoy sharing God’s word with the kids,” Bennett said.

“These classes are non-denominational and we would love to have any other churches in the community join us in this outreach,” said Bennett.

For more information, call Pam Bennett at 928-647-6857.

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