RELEASED TIME BIBLE CLASS
We are hosting Released Time Bible Class (RTBC) led by Debbie Price who ministers with RBM Ministries and who also leads our VBS. This is an opportunity for children, in accordance with Michigan law, to be released from school once a month to attend religious instructional classes. The class is one hour and thirty minutes. The children are picked up from school by the church at 9:30am and returned following the class by 11:00am.
Schools which are currently involved:
Schavey Road Elementary
David Scott Elementary
If you are interested in having your child involved in this program please pick up a yellow flier at the information table in the Foyer or contact your school office if it is one of the previously listed schools. We would be happy to have your child join us at Released Time Bible Class.
What is Released Time Bible Class?
Now, by state law, a new and effectual door has opened called “released time.” What is that? Let’s take a look at Michigan Administrative Code R 340.71. This law states that …
“The board of education or its duly authorized representative, upon written request of the parent, guardian or person having control or charge of any child or children, shall release from attendance at the public school any child or children to attend religious instruction classes not to exceed two hours (120 minutes) per week.”
Or, in other words, if Mom or Dad sign the permission slips, the kids can go from school on school time to a nearby church or other suitable place for Bible Class!
What the Children Get …
Seven times each school year the Bible is taught by the story-telling method, with the aid of eye-catching visuals.
The Bible Story is the “heart” of the program. The stories are chosen from both the Old and New Testaments, with concern for the needs and understanding of the children. The presentation is true to life, faithful to Scripture and backed by RBM Ministries’ commitment to evangelical Christian doctrine.
Each month the children are given a Bible verse to memorize and apply to their lives. Where facilities and time allow, songs and quizzes are part of the program.
An attractive take-home paper climaxes the thrust of each month’s lesson, games and pointed Bible message are used to help crystallize biblical truth.
What the Church Gives …
The local church’s responsibility regarding Released Time Class is to provide the following:
Space: A properly heated and lighted place in the church building to accommodate the class comfortably.
Helpers: The RBM representative will be in charge of the program, including teaching and leading the singing. In addition, we may need a piano player and adults to sit in the class to help maintain discipline and assist any children who wish to make a decision for Christ. Where children walk to the class we need adult escorts.
Follow-up: We encourage the church to follow-up all converts who do not attend some other church or Sunday School, and to contact the families of the children who enroll in the class that do not have a regular church or Sunday School. In addition, RBM Ministries will enroll each child who makes a decision for Christ in its own direct-mail correspondence follow-up program, prepared on two age levels with six lessons and examinations to be worked out and mailed to us.
Transportation: If the local church can assist with transportation, this will be very helpful. If it is not possible RBM will work out another transportation method with the church.
Finances: Participating churches can also give monthly financial gifts to help underwrite RBM’s Released Time Bible Class ministry.