There was a time when the "Bible Man" from the Rural Bible Mission visited the public schools, going from room to room during school time with a Bible story for elementary school children.
As you know, that day is past. State legal opinion and "official pressure" has closed the door for RBM Ministries today.
Now, by state law, a new and effectual door has opened called "released time". What is that? Let's take a look at this law, Act 270, Public Acts of 1964 (CL 1948, 340.732g);
"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!
(Please visit our Legal Information page for more.)
And they do come, transported by the RBM teacher or other authorized personnel. Ten, twenty, thirty and sometimes a hundred or more; half of them kids who don't go to any church or Sunday School - yet.
Only we take them once a month so the school isn't bothered too much, so the Bible teacher can cover more territory, conduct more classes, reach more children, and so our materials department can keep up with fresh lessons and visuals.
Visit our Schedule page if you are interested in when and where the classes are held.
If you are from a different area please contact Dean or our Home office for more information