is a ministry to the children in the public schools of Santa Ana.
Each weekday teachers go to the public schools and teach a Bible Class of up to 32 students who have chosen to attend during the students’ lunch hour. Since we are not legally allowed to teach the Bible on campus we use buses and trailers converted into classrooms. Each vehicle is driven or towed to the school site, and parked just off the campus for each day’s classes. We are currently serving 15 schools and have over 400 children each school year.
RTCE always has a need for: teachers, assistants and drivers if you would like to get involved please call or e-mail us.
THE IDEA OF RELEASING PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR DEVOTIONAL RELIGIOUS STUDY OFF SCHOOL PREMISES IN THE UNITED STATES WAS FIRST DISCUSSED AT A CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1905.
The proposal was that public elementary schools should be closed one day a week in addition to Sunday so those parents who desired could have their children attend religious instruction outside of the school building.
However, it was not until 1914 that Dr. William Wirt, an innovative educator and superintendent of the Gary, Indiana schools, established a program in which 619 students participated in off-campus religious education.
Dr. Wirt believed that the church, home, playground, library, and school were all components in a child’s education. The public school, however, had and still has no responsibility for teachers, curriculum, conduct, or achievement within the classes. Released Time grew and flourished resulting in over 1,000 affiliate programs estimated to be in function today, involving over 250,000 students in kindergarten through high school.
THE GOOD NEWS BIBLE CLUB, A MINISTRY UNDER RELEASED TIME, IS...
a ministry that goes into the neighborhoods in Santa Ana weekly to teach children the Bible.
It functions specifically as an after-school program for elementary schools. During this time they play games, sing songs, pray with the students who share requests, and teach a Bible story to the children. Also the children are helped to complete their regular school work. For many children their parents work long hours yet can’t afford after school care for their kids so this ministry is able to offer as a unique way to bless the families of Santa Ana as well as to share the Gospel with the kids who attend the class.
Phone: (714) 979-4422