At Focus on the Family, we’ve recently unveiled a nationwide event for students: Bring Your Bible to School Day! This year’s event was scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Bring Your Bible to School Day is a nationwide, religious-freedom initiative for students from kindergarten-age all the way up to college level. It was created to equip and inspire Christian students to be a voice of hope, understand their religious freedoms and express their biblical beliefs in a loving, Christ-centered way.
In recent years, we’ve noticed the increase in news headlines about students being told they can’t engage in simple religious-freedom activities, such as reading their Bible personally during free time or praying during lunch. That’s why it’s so important to come alongside our students and encourage them that they do still have religious-freedoms protected under the U.S. Constitution–and they don’t have to be ashamed of or hide their deeply held religious beliefs.
So we’re excited to introduce this initiative as a timely, vital way to empower modern-day Esthers and Daniels to be courageous in standing for their faith.
On this day, thousands of students across the country will take the lead on their campuses to celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with peers by taking a simple action: Bringing their Bible to school!
To learn more about what you can do to support the
students’ efforts and help them get the word out, be sure to download our free Bring Your Bible guide for parents and church leaders. Among other things, the guide equips you to share the event with the students through: 1) tools such as free bulletin inserts, sample church announcements and a banner design, 2) a step-by-step guide on how to equip students, including activities you can do as a family 3) myth vs. fact explanations of students’ legal rights, 3) links to student-friendly articles, social media graphics, quizzes, fun videos and more! At the focusonthefamily.com/bringyourbible link, you and your students can also access elementary-age and teen versions of the guides, which equip students with interactive tools and engaging activities.
I Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” And that’s what this website seeks to equip students to do.
Parental support for students participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day will be absolutely key—since it does require great courage in this culture of spiritual relativism to acknowledge the existence of redemptive truth. So we hope you will surround your student participant with prayer and exhortation as they participate in the event.
We hope this event will remind students that the Bible is something that should be celebrated, not banned–and has a powerful message of hope and love for humanity. Stay tuned for more information!