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Sep 18 11:10 AM

Former Probation Officer Embracing Opportunity to Influence Kids at Young Age

Sep 18 11:10 AM
Sep 18 11:10 AM

The story below was originally published on our blog on April 26, 2017, when Michael Proctor was a volunteer in the Beach Club at Mohawk Elementary in Richardson, Texas.

 

Michael Proctor volunteers at the Beach Club at Mohawk Elementary in Richardson, Texas every Friday afternoon. He has been faithfully serving with KiDs Beach Club® for a few years, but visiting public schools is nothing new to him.

Proctor, now 20 years retired, spent years serving as a juvenile probation officer. He logged a lot of time in public schools and considers it a joy to be back volunteering in the public school system. The big difference is that this time he is sharing the Good News of Jesus instead of dealing with troubled kids.

Proctor is amazed that he is allowed to go into public schools with his church through KiDs Beach Club® to share the gospel. 

He says it is a great thing to be able to reach these children at such a young age and influence them positively, rather than trying to reach them after they may have made some negative life choices.

“More needs to be put into prevention,” Proctor explained. “Instead of dealing with things after they have already happened. That is what this program is about.”

KiDs Beach Club® is teaching children the word of God so that as they grow and mature they will make better life choices, instead of negative ones. The truth of scripture is incorporated in every club meeting, which reinforces the character words taught each week in club and in the elementary schools themselves. The vision of KiDs Beach Club® is for every child to have a Jesus experience within the culture of their elementary school.

Proctor has had the same core group of boys in his surf team each school year since he started serving in Beach Club. He has had the joy of pouring into this group, teaching them about the Bible and watching them grow with the Lord.

Proctor enjoys loving on these kids, many of whom view him as a grandparent-type figure. He feels he is seen as their authority, but in a softer light than that of their schoolteacher. With some children not having a grandparent, this relationship is especially treasured.

Proctor, who serves in Beach Club with his wife, encourages everyone to get out and volunteer. “You’ll find it has more benefits than you realize,” he said.

Probation Officer to Surf Team Leader from KiDs Beach Club on Vimeo.

 

 

Your support of KiDs Beach Club® September 19 on North Texas Giving Day will help us continue sharing the Light of Jesus Christ in public schools. For more information and to donate, click here. Or you can text "Bibles" to 444-999.

 

 

Sep 16 2:51 PM

Church Makes Public School Its Mission Field

Sep 16 2:51 PM
Sep 16 2:51 PM

The story below was originally published on our blog on March 13, 2019. Thank you to The Branch Church for partnering with KiDs Beach Club® to go outside the walls of your church to take the message of Christ into the heart of your community - the public school! This is the second year for the Beach Club at Janie Stark Elementary in Farmers Branch, Texas. The church has added a second Beach Club this year at Country Place Elementary in Carrollton, Texas.

We often hear people say that God is no longer allowed in public schools or that our public schools are full of darkness where there isn’t light.

As a friend of KiDs Beach Club®, you know the first statement just isn’t true because you cannot remove God from anywhere Christians are present. As for the second statement, we are helping our partnering churches go into our public schools, an often-overlooked mission field, to show the love of Jesus Christ and to shine His light.

Schalee Sanchez, now the club leader for the first-year Beach Club at Janie Stark Elementary in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, decided to enroll her kids in public school rather than go the home school or private school route. It was a process that began about four years ago, when she and her husband moved back to the United States after serving as missionaries in Columbia.

Sanchez said her heart was burdened and troubled for all of the things that go on in schools during this day and age.

“It’s just so sad,” Sanchez said. “I began praying about it more and more. I felt like God was saying I want to teach you to fight back but in the right way. I believe that KiDs Beach Club® is doing that. It’s a way, in a spiritual realm, that the armies of God are fighting against the darkness.

Her children now attend Janie Stark Elementary and participate in Beach Club.

“We felt called that God opened a door for our kids to go to school here,” Sanchez said. “So, as our kids started getting involved, I heard about a Beach Club in another school through a member at our church and that sparked my interest”

During this past year, God brought several people into Sanchez’s life who were volunteering at Beach Clubs in other schools. She went to visit one club and talked with parents who had children in the club about the positive impact it was having on their family. God’s hand began to work and the desire to start a Beach Club grew on Sanchez.

“As a mom of four kids, I was concerned about becoming a club leader and taking on that responsibility,” Sanchez admitted. “But God brought a whole team of prayer warriors to come alongside me, a team of incredible volunteers that have made it possible, support from my church and the elders there – from prayers to financial support.”

A majority of the volunteers in the Beach Club at Janie Stark Elementary School have children who also attend. The volunteers don’t all attend The Branch Church, which partners with KiDs Beach Club®. Sanchez says that the volunteer group come from four other churches and almost all of them attend a Mom’s in Prayer Bible study.

“One of the really cool things for me was that it wasn’t just about people from the local congregation that were interested in sharing the love of Jesus in a public school,” Sanchez said. “But He brought other believers from the body of Christ in from other churches with the mission of sharing the light and God’s love. So, children will know that God loves them and has a special plan for their lives.”

Keneé Dover is a volunteer in the Beach Club. She and her husband also serve together in a kindergarten class in their church and he told her Beach Club might be the most important work she does all year.

“Being able to spread the Word of God to young hearts is the biggest blessing that we are given,” Dover said. “To be able to give that gift to children when it really sinks in. I feel like it’s when they are children, especially children that have never heard about God and never heard about Jesus. It’s important for us to share that with them because we are called to share the Good News. It’s the Great Commission, ‘Go to all the world and preach the Good News…’ Our world is right here in this community and there are people who don’t know Him yet.

Dover is proud of Sanchez for bringing the Beach Club to Janie Stark Elementary.

“Schalee had it called on her heart to start this club,” Dover added. “We debated on public school or private school for that reason and we chose, because we are believers, to be the light in the public school. This just gives us another avenue for our children to be able to share and be an encouragement to their friends, and then to be able to partner with our children, to be the light in little hearts, is just the biggest blessing.”

Sanchez urges anyone who thinking about starting a Beach Club or to become a volunteer to go for it.

“I would tell you that God is able to work through you, in a powerful way,” Sanchez said. “He isn’t just going to impact the kids an hour a week when the volunteers are there. What I have seen is how God uses a Beach Club to impact students and their parents throughout the week. That for me makes it a valuable investment of our time. God multiplies what we pour into that one hour during the afternoons every week.”

For more information about KiDs Beach Club®, click the "About" tab at the top of the website.

 

Your support of KiDs Beach Club® September 19 on North Texas Giving Day will help us continue sharing the Light of Jesus Christ in public schools. For more information and to donate, click here. Or you can text "Bibles" to 444-999.

Sep 11 9:24 AM

KBC Helping Change Culture of Public Schools, Communities

Sep 11 9:24 AM
Sep 11 9:24 AM

The story below was originally published on our blog on July 27, 2018, a couple of weeks after the SBC Annual Meeting and Pastors' Conference in Dallas. A couple of numbers to update within the article are 8,799 professions of faith and more than 61,000 Bibles being handed out to kids since 2003. You can always check the front page of our website to see the impact of our ministry.

 

You almost can’t turn on the TV, read a newspaper or sift through your social media feeds without seeing discouraging news about the culture of public schools. From bullying, peer pressure, alcohol or drug use, sexual harassment or assault, suicide and even school shootings, what our kids experience in schools is mirroring what we see in our communities.

People are quick to point a finger at why they think it’s this way, but many people fail to acknowledge the real reason. As believers in Christ, we know the real problem is sin.

"When God left the schools, chaos entered in,” Dallas-Fort Worth area pastor Tony Evans said during a sermon at his church – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship – following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. in February. “Wherever God is removed, chaos will fill that space… in your life, in your family, in our culture.”

Too many people in our country think they can live without God, but they lack an eternal focus. Politicians were pressured to remove God out of our schools and we’re seeing a moral decline in that space where our children spend so much of their time.

“The wrath of God is revealed when He releases you to life without Him,” Evans said at the Southern Baptist Conference Pastors Conference in Dallas last month. “When He releases you to put Him out of our lives, out of our schools, out of our culture, out of our environment… God is saying you can have life without Me, but you won’t like it.”

Evans said the responsibility falls on the church to get God back in spaces where he has been removed. He told his congregation, “We will do our part as a church for you, for our community to get God back in the proper place so we can bring ease to a chaotic world.”

He’s right! It’s the responsibility of the church to help our communities return to God. KiDs Beach Club® is a solution to do just that. KiDs Beach Club® is an innovative ministry established to mobilize the church to go outside its walls in order to take the message of Jesus Christ into the heart of its community.

Speaking just two days after Evans at the Southern Baptist Conference Annual Meeting, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to attendees and praised the work churches and ministries like KiDs Beach Club® are doing to change communities.

“The most important work in America doesn’t happen in the White House,” Pence said. “We know the most meaningful work, the most transformative work, happens where you live, where your ministries impact, in the hearts and minds of American people.”

This fall, KiDs Beach Club® will partner with churches to sponsor after-school Bible clubs in nearly 200 schools in 11 states. Each club meets immediately after school for 24 weeks during the school year and our screened and trained volunteers teach an energetic, customizable curriculum that stresses the character words they’re already talking about in school; but in Beach Club, are defined through the lens of scripture.

Just like a message from church can stick with someone the rest of the week, an hour of Beach Club can stick with a child and change the outcome of their week to follow.

And in many instances, Beach Club may be the only “church” a child is exposed to.

Historically, more than 62 percent of children who come to Beach Club have indicated they don’t have a church home. To God’s glory, nearly 8,300 children have made Jesus their Forever Friend and accepted Him as Lord and Savior of their lives in a Beach Club.

Through our generous donors, KiDs Beach Club® provides a customized study Bible to every child in every Beach Club at no cost to our partnering churches or families. Since 2003, we have given out more than 55,000 Bibles to children in public schools. In most instances, those Bibles are the first Bible a child has ever received and in some instances it’s the only Bible in their home. Together, with weekly take-home reading plans encouraging kids to spend 10 minutes daily reading God’s word or in prayer, we’re able to reach their entire family and connect them to the partnering church.

Michael Proctor, a retired juvenile probation officer, volunteers at the Beach Club at Mohawk Elementary in Richardson. He has seen first-hand what can become of a child with no love and guidance.

“More needs to be put into prevention,” Proctor said about how to make an impact in communities. “Instead of dealing with things after they have already happened. That is what this program (KiDs Beach Club®) is about.”

Dr. David Vroonland is the superintendent of schools in Mesquite Independent School District and sees the tremendous benefit KiDs Beach Club® brings to his campuses. This fall, as many as 20 of his 33 elementary schools will have a Beach Club with that list expected to grow by at least two in the spring.

“All of those children need the opportunity to experience the love and the faith and the educational experiences.”

As a young child, Vroonland grew up in poverty. Approximately 75 percent of the children in his school district come from poverty. Without these three elements in his life, Vroonland could very well have been stuck in poverty, but through his adoptive family he was shown love, brought up in faith and received a quality education.

“Those three things made a huge difference in my life,” Vroonland said. “Significantly and obviously is God’s presence. Those three things matter… That’s why church volunteers who minister to these kids with love, helping people in faith, and your ensuring the quality of their education will provide a direction for young people you just simply can’t understand. You can’t understand the impact of that.”

For more information about how your church can start a Beach Club or to see how you can get one in your child’s public school, click here to see how your church can partner with us or get a Beach Club in your school.

 

Your support of KiDs Beach Club® September 19 on North Texas Giving Day will help us continue sharing the Light of Jesus Christ in public schools. For more information and to donate, click here. Or you can text "Bibles" to 444-999.

 

 

Sep 09 2:32 PM

Your Gift Helps KiDs Beach Club® Share Light of Christ

Sep 09 2:32 PM
Sep 09 2:32 PM

When you support KiDs Beach Club® September 19 on North Texas Giving Day, your gift is helping us fight an increasingly difficult spiritual battle between good vs. evil, morality vs. sin and light vs. darkness. It’s a real battle infiltrating our communities.

Through our after-school Bible clubs, KiDs Beach Club® is on the front lines, sharing the Light of Jesus Christ in our public schools, which have become the most accurate representation of their communities.

According to the Barna Group, more than 70 percent of Americans identify as Christian, but when asked if they attend church regularly – at least one time per month – only one-third of the surveyed respondents indicated they do. Barna researchers say this represents a more accurate picture of Christian faith in America, one that reflects the reality of a secularizing nation.

More than 60 percent of parents who sign up their children for Beach Club, indicate they and their kids do not have a church home.

KiDs Beach Club® is a solution to enable the church to go outside of its walls to reach the unchurched to help our communities return to God. KiDs Beach Club® is an innovative ministry established to mobilize the church to go outside its walls in order to take the message of Jesus Christ into the heart of its community.

“Many students won’t ever step into a church so it’s important for us to go to them,” Kathy Porter, the club leader at Northrich Elementary in Richardson, Texas, said. “Our culture is a culture that doesn’t always look to the Light. They feel despair; they feel a lack of hope many times.

“KiDs Beach Club® is a way for (volunteers) to form relationships with these kids and then, when we form those relationships, we can show them the Light of Jesus and then they start to feel it and ask more and more questions. The culture can be scary, so school becomes a safe place for them and certainly KiDs Beach Club® becomes a safe place for them.”

Churches, like First Baptist Richardson that partners with KiDs Beach Club® to do the Beach Club at Northrich Elementary, are incredibly passionate about the gospel being the Light that can change a life and are excited to be able to go into the schools and share Bible stories with them.

Keneé Dover is a surf team leader in the Beach Club at Janie Stark Elementary School in Farmers Branch, Texas. “Being able to spread the word of God to young hearts is the biggest blessing that we are given,” she said.

“To be able to give that gift to children when it really sinks in… especially children that have never heard about God and never heard about Jesus. It’s important for us to share that with them because we are called to share the Good News. It’s the Great Commission, ‘Go to all the world and preach the Good News…’ Our world is right here in this community and there are people who don’t know Him yet.”

Dover is proud of club leader Schalee Sanchez for helping The Branch Church bring a Beach Club to their community.

“Schalee had it called on her heart to start this club,” Dover added. “We debated on public school or private school for that reason, and we chose, because we are believers, to be the light in the public school. This just gives us another avenue for our children to be able to share and be an encouragement to their friends, and then to be able to partner with our children, to be the Light in little hearts, is just the biggest blessing.”

Sanchez said her heart was burdened and troubled for all of the things that go on in schools during this day and age.

“It’s just so sad,” Sanchez said. “I began praying about it more and more. I felt like God was saying I want to teach you to fight back but in the right way. I believe that KiDs Beach Club® is doing that. It’s a way, in a spiritual realm, that the armies of God are fighting against the darkness.

KiDs Beach Club® is teaching children the word of God so that as they grow and mature, they will make better life choices, instead of negative ones. The truth of scripture is incorporated in every club meeting, which reinforces the character words taught each week in club and in the elementary schools themselves. The vision of KiDs Beach Club® is for every child to have a Jesus experience within the culture of their elementary school.

Thanks to your ongoing support, this fall we have 162 churches partnering with us to operate 192 Beach Clubs in 11 states. Since 2003, more than 21,000 volunteers have allowed our organization to impact more than 101,000 students. In the next five years, your support will help us march toward our goal of reaching 100,000 students in 2,000 Beach Clubs every week.

Your support of KiDs Beach Club is making a huge difference in our communities and for God’s kingdom.

Beginning today, you can schedule your gift to KiDs Beach Club® to help our churches share the Light of Christ in the heart our communities – the public school. Click here to schedule your gift to KiDs Beach Club®.

This year, for the first time, you also can give via text message. Just text “Bibles” to 444-999 to support our efforts to connect kids to Christ and put Bibles in their hands.

 

 

Sep 03 9:44 AM

Our Reading Plan Developing Daily Bible Habits

Sep 03 9:44 AM
Sep 03 9:44 AM

Another year of the Hang 10 Summer Reading Program came to a close Labor Day weekend. We provide the plan to encourage students to read their KBC Explorer’s Study Bible every day during the summer months when they can’t attend Beach Club.

We often hear from parents or grandparents telling us about how their children or grandchildren enjoy the Summer Reading Program and some even send pictures to show those curious faces buried in their Bible.

Our Summer Reading Program focuses on walking readers through the Bible, using stories selected from each Bible book. The daily reading plan provides Bible passages and additional “bonus” content designed to help students dig deeper into their KBC Study Bible.

Our reading program isn’t just for kids. It’s a plan for anyone and it’s great when parents, grandparents, teachers, volunteers and other adults tell us they participate. We got an email last month from April Ford, whose daughter participates in the Summer Reading Program. Actually, the mother and daughter tandem are working through the program together.

“We both read the plan this summer and then get together to discuss what we got out of the topic and the scriptures,” Ford said. The point of her email was to ask if KiDs Beach Club® offers other reading programs.

Unfortunately, we do not, though we do send “Hang 10” pages home each week with students who attend Beach Club that highlight the character word, memory verse and Bible lesson. It also contains a mini five-day plan to get kids to develop the habit spending 10 minutes every day with God, either reading the Bible or in prayer.

Ford’s daughter doesn’t attend a Beach Club and it might come as somewhat of surprise, but she’s now a high school sophomore. She only attended Beach Club for one year after her family moved when she was in sixth grade and her elementary school had a Beach Club. She received a KBC Study Bible that year before going on to middle school.

Ford wants to thank everyone who supports KiDs Beach Club®, including the donors and volunteers.

“I want to thank you for all you do at KiDs Beach Club® and for taking the time to teach our kids about God and prepare them for their future,” she said.

Psalm 119:105 tell us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

When you support our Bibles for Beach Club program, please know you are putting a Bible in the hands of every student in every one of our after-school clubs, but you’re also teaching them how to use it so that it illuminates their path beyond Beach Club.

Don't forget North Texas Giving Day is right around the corner. Click here to schedule your gift beginning Monday, September 9 or you can text "Bibles" to 444-999.

 

Aug 28 4:54 PM

Support on Giving Day Helps Kids Be a Light in Schools

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Aug 28 4:54 PM

We hope you will prayerfully consider supporting KiDs Beach Club® on North Texas Giving Day. This year, North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 19. Last year, we were one of more than 2,700 non-profits based in North Texas to combine to raise more than $48 million.

Your support is crucial to our mission and vision of helping churches take the message of Jesus Christ outside the walls of our churches and into the heart of our communities – the public schools – where we are trying to give every boy and girl a Jesus experience within the culture of their public school.

Your contributions not only allow us to give a Bible to every student in every Beach Club; they’re more than that. They help us equip volunteers to teach students how to read God’s word and how to apply it to their daily lives.

What students learn in Beach Club and what they read in the Bible are setting them up for an eternal relationship with Jesus. It is also teaching them how to be a light in public schools, which offer a true representation of our communities and their darkness.

John 12:46 tell us, “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”

Students who come to Beach Club learn about the character of Christ and when they use that as a plumb line, behaving in ways that are pleasing to God and showing His love to everyone, it shines the Light of Jesus.

In a few weeks on North Texas Giving Day, your gift to KiDs Beach Club® is helping shine light in our schools and in our communities. Please visit kidsbeachclub.org/giving-day for more information.

 

 

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