Club Locations - 2023-24
On Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
At Brandon Elementary School. Room 13
195 Brandon Drive, Goleta 93117
On Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
At Canalino School, in the Library
1480 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria 93013
On Wednesdays from 3:10 pm to 4:45 pm
At Foothill Elementary School
711 Ribera Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
On Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
At Hollister Elementary School, outside classroom by the garden.
4950 Anita Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
On Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
At Hope Elementary School. Meet at outdoor tables; pickup - Music Room
3970 La Colina Road, Santa Barbara 93110
Start date for the 2023-24 school year TBA.
On Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
At Roosevelt School, Room 32
1990 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara 93101
Santa Ynez School
On Mondays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
At Santa Ynez Elementary School, Room 12
3525 Pine Street, Santa Ynez 93460
What is a Good News Club?
Good News Club® is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, churches, apartment complexes, or parks – just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission.
As with all CEF ministries, each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust the Lord Jesus as Savior. Every club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.
- All clubs are FREE to participants.
- Clubs generally begin between mid-September and Mid-October and run through Mid to late May.
- Children must have a registration form signed by a parent/guardian in order to participate in Good News Club. New club registration forms are available on this page under each club name. Please download the form, fill it out, and bring it to your first club meeting. If you would like us to contact you about a specific club, please click here to sign up for more information, or contact Sharon Jegottka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens in Good News club?
During the 90-minute program, trained and screened teachers present an engaging bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press®. The program time also includes songs, scripture memorization, a missions story, and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. Each activity is designed to be fun and accessible to children. See the sample Good News Club video at the top of this page.
Can we really teach the Bible in public schools?
Yes! The Gospel has been taught freely in public schools all over the world for some time. Now children in the U.S. have that opportunity, too! In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Good News Clubs v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools in the United States after school hours on the same terms as other community groups. Children attend Good News Club only with their parents’ permission.
Who teaches the club?
Teams of Christians from churches and the community volunteer their time and energy to teach Good News Club. They are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep coming. Teachers are asked to sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Adults working with the program are screened according to our child protection policy.
How can I volunteer in a Good News Club?
CEF Santa Barbara always needs volunteers! The more volunteers we have, the more clubs we can open, and more children will hear the Gospel! Volunteers are fully trained, and are richly blessed as a result of serving in a club. Please click here to join our volunteer interest list, or contact Sharon Jegottka to learn more about getting involved! You may also visit our Volunteer Page for more details.