Glenna Hockensmith, a club relations specialist for KiDs Beach Club®, was meeting with the assistant principal at the Second Street School in Frankfort, Ky., telling him about Beach Club and explaining how it worked, when he stopped her midway through her presentation. He had just one question.
“Answer this question for me,” he asked. “Is the purpose of Beach Club to teach kids about Jesus?”
“Yes!” she replied. “Then you’re welcome in our school,” he responded.
It’s a story that Glenna’s husband Michael, also a Beach Club volunteer, told their congregation at Peaks Mill Christian Church before it kicked off another year of Beach Club this past August. The Hockensmith’s mission-minded church partners with KiDs Beach Club® to sponsor Beach Clubs at two schools.
It is great when educators welcome KiDs Beach Club® and understand the impact the ministry can have in their schools. Like that assistant principal in Kentucky, Dr. Amanda Martin, also a Christ follower, sees the tremendous benefit of having KBC on her campus.
After nearly 18 years working in Mesquite ISD in Texas, Martin is in her first year as the principal at Rugel Elementary having come from another school in the district that had a Beach Club. Dr. David Vroonland, the superintendent of Mesquite ISD, wants a Beach Club in every elementary school in his district.
“I love being the principal here at Rugel,” she said. “I love the kids. I love the staff and I really love the community and Beach Club has certainly added to that community and I don’t think Rugel would be the same this year without it.”
Martin really enjoys the character education component Beach Club provides her students.
“I love being able to talk to the students about those character words,” Martin said. “And really having that common language with the kids because of what they’re learning in Beach Club. Then I’m able to really talk with them about those words and developing character.
“What’s even so much more powerful is knowing that our kids are learning more about the Bible. Today is Great Treasure Day and our kids are going to get their very own Bibles. [View Facebook photo gallery]
“I absolutely love it and to know that they get to read those Bibles in their spare moments is powerful as well and I love the fact that I get to be a part of that as a principal and I love that Dr. Vroonland supports this initiative and I love that we have his support. It’s just a fabulous opportunity to really minister to our students.”
We could not do that without your continued support and for that we say thank you! Together, we’re connecting kids to Christ and putting Bibles in their hands.
“We are planting seeds in these kids’ hearts,” said Aubrey Eudy, the children’s pastor at the Mesquite Church of Christ, which partners with KiDs Beach Club® to do Beach Clubs at Rugel and Rutherford elementary schools in Mesquite. “We are teaching Jesus in public schools. Some people never would’ve thought that that would be possible.”
KiDs Beach Club® has given Bibles to 3,361 kids so far this fall. Since 2003, when our ministry handed out its first Bible, nearly 59,000 kids have been given a copy of God’s word in our after-school Bible clubs. With your help, those numbers will continue to climb.
To donate to the Bibles for Beach Club program, click here.
Published on Oct 30 @ 10:05 AM CDT
“What does the word ‘created’ mean?” a teacher at Tioga Elementary School asked students in a small group that was discussing vocabulary words for a book they were about to read in class.
Responses varied, but one response stood out from the others.
A student said, “All things were created for Him and through Him.”
The teacher, a Christian, was excited about the student’s response. She had him repeat the Bible verse and then used it to teach the small group.
After they were done, she asked, “What church do you go to?”
And the student replied, “Beach Club!”
Did you know that 62 percent of kids who sign up to attend KiDs Beach Club® do not have a church home? Beach Club might be the only “church” a child may experience. KiDs Beach Club® is a great way for churches to go outside their walls and into the heart of their communities to reach kids who may never attend church with their families.
After class, the teacher told another teacher, Courtney Tanguma, who attends Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and is a surf team leader in the first-year club in Tioga, Texas.
“When she came and told me I actually had tears in my eyes,” Tanguma said. “It’s so neat to see what happens here in Beach Club – what we’re doing here in club – is the right thing.”
The verse the student recited was that week’s Memory Link. Each week in Beach Club, there is a different Bible verse to help kids memorize scripture and learn the importance of keeping God’s word in their hearts.
Tanguma has seen many benefits of having a Beach Club in their school even though they only started meeting Sept. 12.
“I see how excited the kids are,” Tanguma shared after the club’s Great Treasure Day earlier this month. “I teach a younger grade, so I don’t have Beach Club students in my class, but I have them come up to me all the time saying, ‘I’m so excited for Beach Club today’ or ‘I learned my memory verse this week.’ They are really excited to be here. I love seeing them all in their Beach Club shirts today!”
Mt. Carmel handed out approximately 36 KBC Study Bibles on Great Treasure Day and the club continues to grow as more students and parents find out about Beach Club.
Character education is an element of Beach Club Tanguma thinks is most important from her perspective as both a teacher and a parent.
“They learn so much and to be able to put it with the Bible, they know that’s the truth and what we need to be doing,” Tanguma said. “They are learning vocabulary words through our verses and when we talk about these character words, you do see a change in them.”
Tanguma had another teacher tell her that a student wanted to get her Bible out and read it during class. “For some of these students who received a Bible today for the first time,” she said, “now they’ll be able have the opportunity to read their Bible in class, too.”
She makes a point to have her Bible with her during the school day and had it with her during dismissal on Great Treasure Day. She had even more kids ask how they can join Beach Club.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church is slowly changing the culture of Tioga Elementary School and that can only have a positive impact on their community. To see how your church can partner with Beach Club, click here, or if you want to bring a Beach Club to your school, click here.
Published on Oct 24 @ 12:37 PM CDT
Three moms and their daughters in Grapevine, Texas had a small Bible study and rotated having it at each other’s house every week. Their kids told their friends about it and more girls and their moms came. It eventually became too big to be held in houses, so they looked into other options.
The girls found out about Beach Club from other girls who they took dance lessons with. Those girls were always working on their Hang 10 pages or trying to memorize the memory link verse before practice, so one of the moms, Lisa Floyd, researched it. Another one the moms, Sara Roach, heard about KiDs Beach Club® when she attended another church and heard great things about it.
Floyd said to the other moms that “it’s time to bring KiDs Beach Club® to the school.”
Fast forward to today and not only do they have a Beach Club at Heritage Elementary, but they have maxed out for their space at 60 kids!
All of those kids now get to hear the word of God taught every week in their public elementary school and receive a free Bible; all thanks to three obedient mothers who took the initiative and saw the importance of God’s word being taught to their children.
The kids love it and love learning about the Bible. Watch this video to see!
Published on Oct 11 @ 11:48 AM CDT
If you attend Beach Club, you already know you can have your Bible and talk about your faith at school, but we hope you will participate in a nationwide celebration this Thursday.
Thursday Bring Your Bible to School Day, the day thousands of students across the country share God’s hope and celebrate religious freedom by doing something simple, yet powerful: they bring their Bibles to school and talk about it with friends!
Here are a few tips to have fun while being obedient to God on Bring Your Bible to School Day:
Participate with your friends
Doing something is always easier with support, so gather your closest friends and bring your Bibles to school together. Make it cool! Laugh, have fun, take pictures with your Bible. Faith it until you make it. The impact you can make at your school is bigger than one person’s opinion.
Make a game out of it
You and your friends can challenge each other to see who can have the most gospel conversations at school that day. The loser buys the winner lunch, or ice cream from their favorite place. You and your friends can come up with the terms, just have fun with it.
You only have an audience of one
God is the only one we really have to please, so keep that in mind when you face opposition. The world is temporary, but the kingdom of God is forever. God will bless you for being bold in your faith and bringing your Bible to school. Remember you are storing up your treasures in heaven. A few hard days on earth are nothing compared to spending eternity in heaven with the Lord.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
God didn’t say we wouldn’t face troubles or “if” we face troubles. He said you will have trouble and, when your face trials. There will be opposition for some bringing your Bible, but as it says in James, consider it pure joy!
To make your day go smoother, we found out what you can and can’t do at school.
Bring your Bible
Read your Bible during free reading time
Pray at school
Share scripture with friends
Show love to everyone, just like Jesus did
Participate in Christian themed events
Disrupt instruction time
Harass other students
Ignore school policies
God called us to be the salt and light of the world, but remember too much salt can ruin your meal and too much light can be blinding. A little bit goes a long way. Don’t force it. The most important thing is to love your friends like Christ loves you and share about the Bible as you feel led. If they see you loving well and see that you read the Bible they will make the connection.
We are praying with you on Bring Your Bible to School Day and can’t wait to see the impact you make on your campus! Post pictures on social media and use the hashtags #BringYourBible and #BringYourKBCBible.
For more information about Bring Your Bible to School day, visit bringyourbible.org.
Published on Oct 03 @ 12:03 PM CDT
Another exciting year of Beach Club is under way and we couldn’t be more excited your children are a part of it. In club, they are hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, learning character through the lens of scripture and receiving a Bible of their very own.
KiDs Beach Club® is an innovative ministry established to mobilize local churches to go outside their walls in order to take the message of Jesus Christ into the heart of their communities. Our vision is to provide every third- through sixth-grade boy and girl a Jesus experience within the culture of his or her public school. Principals, teachers and even superintendents are telling us that they are seeing a change in the culture of the schools that have a Beach Club.
This year, we are in a record 180 schools, sponsored by 149 church partners in 11 states. The local church in your community cares about you and your family enough to invest its time and energy by partnering with KiDs Beach Club® in your neighborhood public school.
KiDs Beach Club® partners with local churches in order to:
- Impact Communities for the Kingdom
- Share Christ in Public School
- Foster Life Change in the Hearts of Children
- Connect Families to a Church Family
Since our ministry began in 2003, more than 18,000 volunteers have dedicated themselves to showing children the love of Christ every week in our public schools. To God’s glory, more than 8,300 children have come to make a profession of faith to have a relationship with Jesus Christ while in Beach Club.
Since 2003, KiDs Beach Club® has handed out Bibles to 55,212 children in public schools. In 2015, we started Great Treasure Day to give a KBC Explorer’s Study Bible to every child in every Beach Club and since then, more than 34,000 Bibles have been distributed to kids at no cost to them, their parents or our partnering churches. We have been blessed by group of donors who passionately believe in getting Bibles into the hands of children and into their homes.
By connecting kids to Christ and putting Bibles in their hands, KiDs Beach Club® makes it possible for your local public school and your local church to work together in supporting kids and families like yours.
To find out which church partners with KiDs Beach Club® to sponsor the club at your child’s school, please visit kidsbeachclub.org/find-a-club. If your family does not already have a church home, we hope you’ll consider attending the church that sponsors your child’s Beach Club.
Also at that link, you also can find the dates your child’s Beach Club meets, the date of Great Treasure Day, who to contact with questions and even a link to become a volunteer in your child’s Beach Club. We have parents who serve in our clubs and you’re welcome to attend Beach Club any time. We just ask that you reach out to the club leader ahead of time so he or she can provide your name to the school.
If you have any questions about Beach Club, please check out our website at kidsbeachclub.org. We also hope you will connect and engage with us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @KiDsBeachClub. We’re always looking for images and video of your kids in Beach Club or with their KBC Study Bible, so we hope you’ll share those with us.
We pray we are able to make a positive impact in your child’s life and to be a tremendous blessing to you and your family.
Published on Sep 26 @ 2:55 PM CDT
Thank you to everyone who participated in North Texas Giving Day! Your support is valuable to our ministry and is helping connect kids to Christ and put Bibles in their hands.
Because of your participation, we were able to raise $37,409, surpassing our ambitious goal of $30,000. Several of you made gifts on the North Texas Giving Day website, but others donated to our website, mailed in checks or joined us at Texas Roadhouse in Bedford and Mesquite, Texas, where a portion of that night’s sales were donated back to KiDs Beach Club®.
Of course, that total also includes a generous gift of $10,000 that was provided to us by a passionate donor of our organization to be used as a matching gift, helping double our first $10,000 given to KiDs Beach Club® that day.
Your gifts allow our volunteers to share the gospel with kids, teach them biblical character and provide them with their very own copy of God's word, which often times is their very first Bible. In some instances, it's the only Bible in a child's home.
We had a full slate of activities on North Texas Giving Day that started at 4:30 a.m. with a small group representing KiDs Beach Club® at Victory Park in downtown Dallas and ended after 10 p.m. when Jack Terrell, our president and founder, wrapped up an appearance on a local radio station. Watch Now!
If you tuned in to News 8 Daybreak on WFAA-TV that morning, you probably saw our motley crew wearing Hawaiian shirts near a guy holding a KBC surf board and with pictures of kids showcasing their KBC Bibles. Shortly after that show ended, Tammy Terrell, Jack’s wife and our club relations director, appeared on Facebook Live with WFAA and told them all about our ministry that is making a difference in the lives of kids, their families and their communities and how we are trying to change the culture of public schools. Throughout the day, we shared video from other staff members and went live on Facebook on multiple occasions, including one time that joined Jack and Tammy Terrell inside the Beach Club where they serve at Viridian Elementary in Arlington, Texas.
We mentioned Jack’s appearance on the radio, but earlier that night, Dr. David Vroonland, the superintendent of schools for the Mesquite Independent School District, joined the Chris Krok Show on 820 AM WBAP in Dallas to discuss his desire to have a Beach Club in all 33 of the elementary schools in his district. Listen Now!
Vroonland, who will be a featured speaker at the next Bibles for Beach Club Benefit Dinner April 13, 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway, understands the importance that faith and love play in the development of a children. He says they are just as important as a quality education, which his district is providing.
While children may feel loved at home, some may not. He says that what KiDs Beach Club® provides for kids who attend our after-school program in the 19 schools in Mesquite, as well as 161 other clubs across the country, is a foundation of faith. Those kids also feel the love of volunteers, who weekly model the love of Christ.
We encourage you to visit our Facebook page to hear his full interview or to watch Jack Terrell’s interview on the Chris Krok Show. All of our North Texas Giving Day content on Facebook is still available.
Your generosity is appreciated. In times like these, the work you're helping us do is more important than ever. Thank you for helping us make an eternal impact in the lives of children.
If you did not have a chance to make a gift on North Texas Giving Day, please know you can support us anytime at kidsbeachclub.org/give.
Published on Sep 26 @ 2:36 PM CDT