What is Crossroads?
Crossroads Kids Club is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing program materials and support to churches wishing to implement after-school, faith-based clubs inside of public elementary schools. The Crossroads Kids Club program is a church-led, school-based character formation club designed to enrich the lives of young people.
A typical Crossroads Kids Club meets for 90 minutes once per week right after school and is open to students in the school on a first-come, first-served basis up to the club’s capacity (which depends on available space and staff). Using music, crafts, games, and biblical lessons, Crossroads Kids Club has served public school children since 1998. Click here to download a schedule of a typical club session.
What does Crossroads teach the children?
Crossroads aims to teach children three main things: First, God can be trusted in all circumstances in life. The problems facing many children today are potentially overwhelming. We believe that a confidence in the love and care of God helps students to navigate through life and to rise above their circumstances. Second, Crossroads teaches children that it is important to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves. Crossroads aims to provide a safe environment for children to be who they are and affirms the dignity and worth of each child. We also desire that children learn to treat others with respect all the time, not just when they are at a club. The third main thing we desire for children to know is how to solve problems and make wise choices in various situations.
Is Crossroads a safe place?
Crossroads Kids Club works with each local church to ensure proper liability insurance, training for staff, and a thorough background screening process that includes completing an application, reference checks, and a criminal database screening. The final responsibility for meeting these requirements rests with each individual church.
What about the separation between church and state?
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled very specifically about how schools should relate to groups like Crossroads (Good News v. Milford). The Court has determined that schools must be religiously neutral. In other words, the fact that a group is religious or secular cannot be the basis for discriminating against nor working with a group. Similar groups and programs must be treated the same without regard to a particular religious viewpoint. Essentially, this means that Crossroads should be treated the same as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers and Sisters, and other character-formation programs and clubs. The essence of the club (character formation) and not the viewpoint (Christian) is the issue with regard to how after school groups led by outside organizations are treated by public schools.
One final note on this point is that Crossroads’ religious instruction is done after school and is completely voluntary and at the parents’ sole discretion. Crossroads recruits parents to sign up children and is not seeking to allow young children to choose for themselves if they wish to participate.
How can I learn more?
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 855-KIDSCLB or by mail at:
Crossroads Kids Club
35W624 Riverwoods Lane
St. Charles, IL 60174