Bring Your Bible To School Day is on the first Thursday in October, onOctober 3 this year, and we are looking forward to celebrating our religious freedom as we treasure and read God’s Holy Word. The build-up to this day includes activities, games, acts of service, and personalized ways to get into the sacred texts and share what it means to you.
History of Bring Your Bible To School Day
Christian faith has been around for hundreds of years and in the United States, freedom of speech to express your religion has been one of the most important ideologies that have made America so diverse and successful. One holiday that aligns firmly with this ideology is Bring Your Bible to School Day, a day that encourages students to bring their bible to school in support and show of their faith.
The history of Bibles being removed from schools started in 1962 and 1963, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared Bible readings in public schools to be unconstitutional, and hence took Bibles out of schools. However, in 2014, Focus on the Family, an American Christian organization that helps consult families and offer resources for those of the Christian religion, founded this day to encourage students to bring their bibles to school as a right of their freedom of speech and religion.
This event has grown in popularity since its inception in 2014, which had 8,000 students participating and over 40,000 in recent years, with every state in the nation represented.
Bringing a Bible to school is protected under the First Amendment, and students can read it during their free time, such as during lunch, but not during a class or a time for official school activities. For the day, you can organize local participation using posters, T-shirts, and other promotional materials to create and spread awareness and invite your peers.
Bring Your Bible To School Day timeline
Jewish groups begin referring to the books of the Bible as “holy scriptures.”
Papyri New Testament manuscripts are discovered in Egypt.
More than 220 dead sea scrolls — the oldest existing copies of the books of the Hebrew Bible — are discovered in Qumran.
The Bible Museum on the Square in Collierville, Tennessee, is opened.
Bring Your Bible To School Day FAQs
Is it legal to bring your Bible to school?
Yes, it is legal to do so. Bringing a book of your faith is covered by the law and allowed anywhere within the country. As a student in a public school, you have First Amendment rights to engage in voluntary, free speech conversations.
Do I need permission from school officials to hold this event?
No, you don’t need express official permission to simply hold conversations with your colleagues in school. However, it is a good idea to check school policies ahead of time. You can also notify school officials about your plans to participate and promote the day.
Can I talk about my religious beliefs?
Yes! Schools cannot censor students from engaging in voluntary free speech about their deeply held religious beliefs. As long as you don’t interrupt or cause substantial disruption to academic instruction.
How to Observe Bring Your Bible To School Day
Share encouraging scripture with your colleagues
This is a perfect day to share those Bible verses that provide comfort and strength in hard times with your friends and colleagues. We all could surely use some.
Write down and pass around your favorite verses
Are there verses of the Bible that you love? Write them down or print them out in cards and give them to others.
Teach others how to be bold about their faith
Not everyone has the courage to proudly express their religious beliefs. Show them how they can and they’ll surely be grateful for your help.
5 Facts About The Bible That Will Amaze You
The most published book
The Bible is the most published book in the history of the world.
The best-selling book of all time
The Bible has an estimated total sale of over five billion copies.
It was initially written and copied by hand on papyrus scrolls.
It has many New Testament versions
There are about 3,000 existing New Testament manuscripts, copied between the 2nd and 17th centuries.
The most influential book in existence
The Bible has profoundly influenced and shaped literature, history, entertainment, and culture all over the world.
Why Bring Your Bible To School Day is Important
It helps educate students on their Constitutional rights
Each time this day is held, students all around the country get to express their rights to freedom of speech. This helps more people to be aware of the rights they hold.
Provides the opportunity for kids to be bold in their faith
With a general day for Christians to attend school with their Bibles, more kids are emboldened to publicly declare their faith. They get the courage to freely express their beliefs.
Opportunity to encourage others with the word of God
This special day provides a general platform for us to encourage one another with the Word of God. This goes a long way in strengthening our faith.
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