Associated Churches of Huntington County By The BookProgram
Assoc. Churches of Huntinton County - By The Book
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About - Associated Churches History
In 1944 the Ministerial Association in Huntington arranged for some kind of religious education program that would allow all the county to work together. The program was known as the Huntington County Council of Religious Education and classes were taught inside the elementary school buildings.
On June 20, 1945, the organization was incorporated as "Weekday Religious Education", in 1948, 12% of children attending the Bible classes were un-churched. A law forbidding religious ed classes to be taught inside the school buildings prompted the board to purchase 2 mobile trailers in 1963. No classes were held in public schools after November, 1965.
On December 30, 1965, the name was changed to Associated Churches of Huntington. In 1967, the association began giving bibles to graduating high school seniors. In 1989, the 2 trailers were replaced with new ones. In 1995, with approximately 950 to 1,000 students attending Bible trailer, 55% were un-churched. After 17 years of use, the trailers were again replaces in 2006.
In November 2008, the ACLU filed suit against the School Corporation for allowing the trailers to be parked on school property and on March 20, 2009, we had to remove the trailers from school property.
But, God wanted his 65 year old program to continue and through much prayer, many meetings, financial support and great volunteer help, By the Book classes were being held at all 8 elementary schools on March 17, 2010 - just 3 days before one year date of the day classes were stopped. That could only happen with God being in control.
In 2010, we estimate that almost 70% of our students are un-churched. God has great concern for little children.
Mark 10:14 - "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God"