Pennsylvania law allows for public school students to be released from classes once per week for religious instruction. What an amazing opportunity to reach otherwise unchurched children with the gospel, and to encourage and disciple children who have already trusted Christ as Savior.

Each week, trained teachers, workers, or CEF of Cumberland County Missionaries present: Bible lessons, memory verses, Bible songs, and a missionary story.

Students must have written parental permission to attend. This is NOT sponsored by the school district or Department of Education but by CEF of Cumberland County, Inc. The students are transported to a nearby church or public building by a school bus.

Bible lessons are presented in a variety of ways, including the traditional favorite, flannel graph. In this age of technology and video, flannel graph still captures the attention of the children in a unique way. Other lessons are presented with flashcards or other creative means.

Released Time Classes that are currently offered in Cumberland County


Monroe Elemenatary School (Boiling Springs) (3rd -5th Grades)


Crestview Elementary School (Carlisle) (3rd-5th grades)


Mt. Holly Elementary School (Mt. Holly) (2nd-5th grades)


Each of these Released Time Classes starts in October and meets over the lunch / recess hour for that day.  After the class is over the child will be returned back to his class. 

There are flyers in each of the school offices if you are interested in signing you child up for these wonderful opportunities.   Or if you wish you can call our office at (717) 243-1955 and we will send one to you.