In 1979, a group of pastors known as the Manheim Ministerium made the decision to take advantage of the newly amended Section 1546 of the Pennsylvania School Code, which allows children to be released from public school for training of their choice.
Under the Manheim Central Christian Education Council, over one hundred 5th graders from all seven of the District’s elementary schools attended weekly Released Time Bible classes. Classes were held at the closest participating churches and bus transportation was provided for classes that had no church within walking distance of the school.
More than 30 years later, the Manheim Central Christian Education Council, more commonly known as Bible2School, still provides weekly Released Time Bible classes for elementary students in Manheim Central and other school districts in Lancaster County.
In 2016-17, our Bible2School program meets in 12 of the 72 schools in Lancaster County. Our Bible2School team consisting of 157 caring volunteers provides 32 weekly elective classes to just over 571 children, 309 whom were from families who had no church affiliation.
With 44 schools in Lancaster County who still do not have a Bible elective class available to them, we at Bible2School feel the urgency and believe God is calling us to reach those public school children. But, we need your help to connect with churches and organizations, to find more financial partners and to assemble the volunteer teams. What an amazing day that will be when every public school child in Lancaster County will have the opportunity to hear God’s Word through a Bible elective! We can’t wait to see what God will do next…