Anna Jarvis Elementary School club aims at spreading Good News

GRAFTON—Anna Jarvis Elementary is spreading “Good News” with an after school club.

The Good News Club started in October 2017, and since its introduction, the club has been spreading through the school with 70 students enrolled.

The club meets on Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the library at the school.

According to Co-Sponsoring Teachers Sonya Knotts and Duretha Mayle, the Good News Club is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches or anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission.

Each week, the teachers present an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press.

This action-packed time also includes songs, scripture memory, a mission’s story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.

According to, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.

Knotts said that in short, they are spreading the word of God through many different avenues including music, games and scripture.

In addition, children also learn respect for authority, moral values, character qualities and bible principles during their time at the club.

Knotts shared that specially trained Christians who are concerned for the spiritual well-bing of children teach the club. All club workers are screened as required by the CEF’s Child Protection Policy to ensure safety of the children.

The club is hosted by Beulah Baptist Church. Pastor David Bess attends the school weekly to provide counseling and students can ask for prayer requests, as well.

Knotts shared that volunteers from New Testament Fellowship Church, The Church of the Good Shepherd and First Grace Brethren attend each week to help and provide snacks.

“We have wonderful volunteers coming in each week. They are making connections with the children, and I believe they are making a difference,” expressed Knotts.

Mayle shared that she believes that the club has had a wonderful impact on the students. She noted that she has heard many students in the hallways talking about the club. 

“This has been just as exciting for the adults as it is for the kids. We love interacting and making connections with the kids,” expressed Mayle.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Anna Jarvis Elementary School at 304-265-4090.

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