Frequently Asked Questions
What is a KiDs Beach Club®?
KiDs Beach Club® is a fun Bible club for 3rd-6th grade kids that meets right after school on school property one hour a day, one day a week for 24 weeks of the school year.
What Happens During a Beach Club?
Kids experience Jesus and discover truths from God’s word in a high-energy setting through games, worship, Bible lessons and active learning facilitated by volunteers who invest personally in a small group of kids. Kids are hands-on with their Bibles in every session.
Why is it called KiDs Beach Club®?
In 2003, KiDs Beach Club® was birthed under the umbrella of First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, and in the heart of our founder Jack Terrell, who was the church’s children’s minister at that time. The church’s theme in children’s worship was “Treasure Island.” With the goal to transfer the children’s ministry culture to public schools, Beach Club the program was born. While going through the 501(c)(3) organizational process in 2006, the word KiDs was added to the name to further define the purpose. A beach is a place where kids have fun and find treasure. That’s what KiDs Beach Club® is still about today. Having fun and finding the treasure of God’s word.
Why should my church do a Beach Club?
KiDs Beach Club® identifies unchurched families in your neighborhood and provides a blueprint that connects them to your fellowship. We uniquely place your church in your neighborhood public school giving kids a Jesus experience in a place you never expect, their school. Partnering with KiDs Beach Club® makes it easy for you to minister to these unchurched families. We accelerate open doors so you can focus on the people.
How does KiDs Beach Club® accelerate open doors?
As a KBC partnering church you have access to the KiDs Online Management System, where you’ll find data on every child enrolled in your club. You can use that data to make home visits and invite KBC families to your church or special events. Our partnering churches have found parents of Beach Club kids to be more warm and open to contacts and visits because of the Beach Club connection.
How do you get into schools?
KiDs Beach Club® goes through the proper channels in each school district, leasing space and working closely with principals so the club can meet each week. Kids can only attend club after their parent signs and returns a permission form. We clearly communicate to schools and parents that we are a faith based Bible club that connects kids to Christ and puts Bibles in their hands.
Can you do this in my state?
Yes! In 2001 the United States Supreme Court ruled affirming the Equal Access Law. Faith based groups have the same access as any other groups in providing after-school activities on public school campuses.
Can KBC come to my area?
Yes! We are always watching to see where God opens doors. For new areas outside a reasonable driving distance from a current KBC Field Staff Representative, we follow the steps outlined in our National Growth Strategy.
Our church is small, how can we do it?
Over and over we have seen God provide the needed volunteers and financial resources for small churches to bring KiDs Beach Club® to their neighborhood school. If your church has the faith, we will gladly partner with you and help find creative solutions watching God meet every need. Watch: Hickory Tree & Floyd Elementary
How many volunteers do we need?
KiDs Beach Club® requires a minimum 1:10 ratio of volunteers to kids. So, the number of volunteers needed depends on the attendance in your club. We recommend 8-12 committed volunteers for new clubs starting out. Once the club registrations are in, you’ll know whether more or fewer volunteers are required. Click here to see what a typical Beach Club Team looks like.
How do we get volunteers?
KBC volunteers can come from the partnering church, the school or the community. When God opens the door, we believe He also provides the people. Volunteers can be parents of kids in the club, church members, senior adults, college students or even school faculty with principal permission. Anyone with a heart for kids and availability when the club meets can help in a Beach Club. Need more help enlisting your team? Contact your local KBC Field Staff representative.
How much does it cost?
The KBC regular fee is $2,750 annually. We never want finances to be the obstacle that prevents a church from providing a Beach Club. We offer a variety of payment options, ministry assistance and multi-club discounts. Special financial arrangements are discussed individually with each partnering church annually and are based on each church’s unique need. Have questions about financial assistance? Contact our corporate office at 817-510-5885.
Can my church do more than one club? Is there a price break for doing more than one?
Yes, your church may provide as many clubs as you are able. Like ministry assistance, discounted rates for multiple clubs are negotiated individually and are based on each church’s unique situation.
Can I host a Beach Club at my church rather than at a school?
While Beach Clubs are designed to take place on school property, we offer Clubhouse Kids, an option which allows churches to use the KBC material and format in any location outside your church walls, such as apartment complexes or community centers.
Can multiple churches work together to provide a club?
KiDs Beach Club® only partners with one church as the sponsoring church, but that church may work with sister churches however they choose. We have several churches that coordinate club funding and volunteers through ministerial alliances or by working with another church.
Can you host a Beach Club at a private school?
Yes! Hosting a Beach Club at a private school or Christian school is possible. We encourage you to evaluate that school’s current Bible teaching and evangelism before committing to providing a club in that location. Our heart beats for kids who are not already connected to a church or exposed to the truth of God’s word in their schools.
Can we meet less than 24 weeks?
Ministry is about relationships! We want churches to have as many club meetings as possible in the school year in order to build lasting relationships with kids. We have found 24 weeks to be optimal. New clubs starting mid-year will meet less than 24 weeks, with some very late starts meeting only six weeks, which is the minimum available. In rare cases schools limit the number of weeks a club can meet.
Have you received any opposition to having bible clubs in public schools?
On rare occasions. In addition to our Supreme Court protection, we diligently follow all district policies and procedures and we secure parent permission before a child may attend club. We work hard to foster positive relationships with school districts and to maintain a good reputation in the community. We partner with First Liberty for protection and support in the event of significant opposition.
How do you get kids to come?
Beach Clubs are promoted at the school in a variety of ways. Our local Field Staff representatives coordinate with each principal individually and help your church tailor club promotion in each school. But the best promotion happens when kids have a great time and invite their friends to club!
Typical promotional methods include: sending permission forms home with kids; posting the club on the school or district website; putting up posters in the school; making announcements at PTA; setting up a registration table at school events, such as open house or meet the teacher; encouraging kids to wear club t-shirts.
Why do you focus on 3rd-6th graders?
The preteen years are key years in spiritual development. We believe there is a spiritual readiness and understanding of the gospel that is unique to 3rd through 6th graders. By focusing on a narrow age group, we can tailor our Bible lessons and activities to be on-target, relevant and age-appropriate for preteen kids.
Can we expand to include more ages in our club?
We do not recommend including younger kids in Beach Clubs. The material we provide is written specifically for preteens with hands-on Bible skills development that is above the ability of most young children, which can make behavior management and effective teaching difficult. In addition, clubs lose their “cool factor” for older kids when the younger ones are present.
Exceptions have been made at the agreement of both the church and the school to allow for siblings or younger grades to be included in the club. We have also allowed older kids to be in clubs held on middle schools and junior high campuses.
Why do you choose KBC Explorer's Study Bible in the New King James Version
Giving Bibles to kids is a priority and a big part of what we do in club. It was important for us to provide a full Bible (Old and New Testaments) with kid-friendly study features in a reliable translation. We selected the Explorer’s Study Bible in the New King James Version because it best met our parameters of the options provided by our publisher, Harper Collins Christian Publishing, Tommy Nelson Kids division.
How is your curriculum developed?
Our curriculum is Bible driven and character based. Beginning with Bible content, we developed a four-year cycle of Bible stories with a balanced selection between the Old and New Testaments each year. Each Bible story is then assigned a character word that best compliments that story. We do not try to fit in every character word each year, so some character words are highlighted more frequently than others.
Lessons are written by a team of trusted experts in child development and ministry to children from all over the United States that include KBC staff, children’s ministers, pastors, educators and KBC volunteers.
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