Excited for Bring Your Bible to School Day but wondering how to get started? You’ve come to the right place!
On this page, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, activities, and more to guide you right up to Bring Your Bible to School Day on Thursday, October 7. If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up and be counted for Bring Your Bible to School Day! Encourage your friends to join you by signing up!
What is Bring Your Bible to School Day?
Bring Your Bible to School Day is a nationwide, student-led movement that empowers Christian students of all ages to speak God’s grace and truth into the culture around them, starting with two simple steps — bringing their Bibles to school and sharing what God’s Word means to them.
When does it take place?
Bring Your Bible to School Day happens each year on the first Thursday of October, This year’s event is on October 7.
Who can participate?
Bring Your Bible to School Day is for students of all ages. Parents can register kids under age 13, while teens and young adults can sign up themselves. Hundreds of thousands of students from across the country participate each year! Make sure to register for this year’s event if you haven’t already!
Where do you bring your Bible?
Bring your Bible to whatever school looks like for you! Whether your school is public, private, or at home, you can participate!
Why is Bring Your Bible to School Day important?
As Christians, we’re called to share the gospel with the world! Bring Your Bible to School Day provides you with an easy way to start that conversation with your friends and classmates.
How to share
The most important part of Bring Your Bible to School Day is … bringing your Bible! There are lots of ways to share with your friends. You could get an extra Bible to give away as a gift, write down and pass out your favorite verses, or set up a Bible study – the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Talk to your family and friends and think of creative ways you can tell others about how much God loves them!
We are here to help you make your Bring Your Bible to School Day a success. That’s why we’ve included lots of stuff below to help you spread the word and have fun!
Do the quizzes and activities and share with your friends
It’s helpful to remember what you know about the Bible before Bring Your Bible to School Day. You can test your understanding of God’s Word with these fun quizzes and activities. Check them out and share them with your friends to get them interested in the Bible!
Use the promotional materials to spread the word at school and online
To help you get the word out about the big day, use our handy promotional materials – including posters, stickers, t-shirts, and more! Remember, if you plan to put up posters or hand out conversation cards, let your school officials know about your plans ahead of time so they can be in the loop!
Check out our guides for ways to get the conversation started
Are you excited to share your faith with your friends, but are unsure of where to start? Or are you concerned that someone will respond negatively to you? Check out our conversation guides for tips and tricks on how to start conversations or respond to challenges in a loving, respectful way.
Join other participants and build excitement on social media
If you have a social media account, you can be a part of building the excitement for Bring Your Bible to School Day across the nation? Just follow these three easy steps…
Step 1: Follow
Step 2: Share
Share social media posts, quizzes, and other activities from Bring Your Bible to School Day with your friends and encourage them to join you on October 7.
Step 3: Post
Post pictures with your Bible on the day of the event. Bonus points if you do a group photo with family and friends! Don’t forget to use the #BringYourBible hashtag!
Dos & Don'ts
Now that we’ve covered what you’re allowed to do at school, let’s talk about some of the things you will want to do on Bring Your Bible to School Day (and a few things you won’t)…
Bring your Bible
Hey, it’s in the name of the event! Be sure to get your Bible ready to bring to school and read it during free time.
Invite your friends
You are allowed to invite your friends to join you to read the Bible and talk about it. But remember, you cannot make someone else read the Bible if it is not their choice.
Give a Bible to a friend
You can offer Bibles to friends and classmates as long as you hand them out in a way that does not disturb class time. For example, you can share the Bible during lunch, at recess, before school, or after school.
If a principal or teacher is not sure about Bring Your Bible to School Day, have them talk to your parents. If they ask you to stop, follow their instructions. Then, your parents can call the group Alliance Defending Freedom and get some extra help for your situation.
Tell your church about the event
Ask your pastor(s) and other church leaders to help you tell others about Bring Your Bible to School Day.
Don't do this...
Don't force others to join you
You are not allowed to force other students to listen to you or to read the Bible with you, but you are allowed to invite them to join you.
Don't be afraid
As a student, you are allowed to share what you believe about God and the Bible. You can read the Bible and discuss it during free time. You can also invite other students to join you, as long as you are not interrupting class time.
Don't disturb class time
Hey, we just said this! Remember, you can only read your Bible and talk about Bring Your Bible to School Day during break times, lunch, recess, before school, or after school. Do not pass out cards or flyers during class time. Don’t interrupt your teachers!
Don't wait until the last minute
Almost every school has rules about displaying posters or having an after-school event. Make sure you plan ahead of time to have a great Bring Your Bible to School Day! Let your school officials know before Bring Your Bible to School Day that you plan to bring your Bible, display posters, and pass out Bible verse cards. Find out the best time and best way to share them, and be sure to follow the rules.
Now you know what to do for Bring Your Bible to School Day! Here are some more things that may interest you…
Public Reading of Scripture with Adventures in Odyssey
To help you gear up for Bring Your Bible to School Day, we’ve got something special for you: a 30-day Bible reading plan, read to you by some of your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters!
Listen along as Whit, Connie, and Jason from Focus on the Family’s award-winning Adventures in Odyssey® audio drama read to you from God’s Word. Each reading is the perfect length to listen to during a meal, car ride, or anytime!
Have more questions?
We’ve got answers! Whether you’re a student seeking more information or a parent wondering how to support a child participating in the event, we’ve got a lot of great additional information in our FAQ page.