All About CGCHE

Our Purpose
CGCHE exists for the purpose of providing service and support to Christian home educators within the central Georgia vicinity, including, but not limited to, the following:

·         Providing encouragement to Christian home schooling families within central Georgia. 

·         Providing information regarding the legal climate of home education in Georgia and in our nation. 

·         Working to protect the future freedoms of home education in Georgia and in our nation. 

·         Reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to Christian home educators. 

·         Publishing the CGCHE newsletter. 

·         Conducting conventions and other educational activities to provide information and training to Christian home educators and their children. 


Statement of Faith 

Theology 

The Bible is the verbally inspired and only infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3: 16, 2 Peter 1: 19-21). 

God is one Being who eternally exists as three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; all Persons being equal in power and glory (Matthew 28: 19, 2 Corinthians 13:14). 

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man (John 1:1, 14), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18, 22-23) and sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15). He died on the cross as a substitute for sinful men (2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53: 5-6). He rose bodily from the grave (John 20: 1-9, 24-31, Acts 2:24) and now reigns with the Father (Acts 7:55, Hebrews 10:12). He will return visibly and personally to the earth in both salvation and judgment (Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, Matthew 24:30). 

All humans are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23, 5:12) and can only receive forgiveness by faith in Jesus as savior (John 3:16, Ephesians 2: 8-9), brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3: 5-7).

We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8: 1-17). 

Family
We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social, and spiritual unit created by God.  In the family, the child learns self-control and social responsibilities while developing a relationship to the Creator and Savior (Ephesians 6: 1-4, Colossians 3: 20-21). The family also provides protection from over-extensive government and over-stimulating social involvements. 

We understand “family” to mean a male and female parent with one or more children, all related by blood (Genesis 1: 26-28), though we recognize exceptions due to death, divorce and adoption (1 Corinthians 7:15).

We reject homosexual marriages and homosexual orientation, because it is contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in creation (Romans 1: 18-32, Leviticus 20: 13).  We believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the very idea of “family”.  In addition, we reject co-habitational relationships outside of marriage as being equally in violation of God’s laws and incapable of providing the long-term nurture and instruction needed by children and commanded by God (Proverbs 1: 8-9, 2: 1-11, Colossians 3:21, Ephesians 6:4).  In view of this, no homosexual or merely co-habitating “parents” are eligible for membership (Hebrews 13: 4, 1 Corinthians 5: 11, 6: 9-10).

Nature of Education 
We believe that all education is religious in nature since one’s view of the world and of life is inseparably involved in teaching. Every discipline of knowledge, such as mathematics, science, or history will have as its reference point a humanistic or theistic view of reality. There is no neutral academic discipline.
As Christians, we believe that all education should have, as its beginning, the fear of God and, as its end, the glory of God (Proverbs 1:7, Romans 11: 33-36). 

We specifically reject as anti-Christian the following: secular humanism, the general theory of evolution, one-world government, government-mandated sex education, government-mandated parenting courses, radical feminist ideology, abortion, New-Age philosophy, the so-called “gay-rights” agenda, and philosophical relativism (including Outcome Based Education). 

Activities

Boxtops for Education
Boxtops from specially marked packages are collected and redeemed for cash for our local homeschool group. There will be a container for collection at most CGCHE functions.

Curriculum Fair
CGCHE hosts an annual curriculum fair in early June. Dates and location will be in the newsletter and on the website. You must attend at least two committee meetings to be eligible for committee benefits.

Field Trips
The field trip coordinator is responsible for planning group wide field trips. Any member of our group may plan a field trip. When you plan a trip, please contact the coordinator. Please plan your field trip enough in advance so that all information can be included in the newsletter.


High School Graduation
CGCHE recognizes the accomplishments of our seniors with a formal commencement ceremony. Seniors may showcase a talent and share a bio about their homeschool experience and future plans, while parents present their graduate. Parents of all seniors are required to help with this event.
      
Participation in High School Graduation costs $30.

Kindergarten Graduation
CGCHE offers a Kindergarten Graduation in the spring.  This celebration can take any form agreed on by the parents including pictures, songs, and a formal cap and gown.

Science Fair
This is the formal Regional Science Fair (grades 6-12) not hosted by CGCHE. The Coordinator will help parents with the application process and guide students in refining their idea and presentation to produce a successful project. Applications are due in September and the fair is scheduled to take place in February.


Spelling Bee
CGCHE enters the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a registered school allowing our winners to continue to the district, state, and national competition. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is for grades 4 through 8, although a practice bee may be provided for younger grades.
      Participation in Spelling Bee costs $2 per child by October 1, 2019. We must have at least 5 students signed up to participate.

Testing
Standardized testing is offered through the Wynfield Academy in May (Second Baptist Church) for all age groups. The cost varies year to year, but is about $35 per child. The ITBS is ordered through and graded by Bob Jones. Results are returned within 6 weeks of testing. More specific information will be in the newsletter.

Bowling
Bowling will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in September. Teams will be organized based on age, number of bowlers attending the session, and whether bumpers are needed. Parents may bowl as well.

Christmas Party
The CGCHE Christmas Party is held in December to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to bring in the season. Location, date, and time will be announced in the monthly newsletter and on the CGCHE Facebook group.

Fall Picnic
This is a fun time to get together at the start of the school year. The Board coordinates this event and picks a park/location, date and the entire CGCHE membership is invited to picnic together.

Field Day
This is a day of fun and recreation for the whole family. Children are divided into groups for light competition in a variety of team/individual activities, such as sack racing, hoola-hoop racing, ball throw, etc. A refreshment table is set up with hot dogs, chips, goodies and drinks for sale. Each family can pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park.

Mother’s Night Out
Volunteers will coordinate one MNO event and make sure the date, time, place, and activity information is included in the newsletter.

School Portraits
The group will provide an opportunity for school pictures. Arrangements will be in the newsletter.

Skating
Roller skating will be held every month at Olympia Skate Center (off of Houston Rd) from 1-3 pm. The cost is $4.00 per skater for roller skates (inline skates and beginning walkers are extra). This event is open to all homeschool families.

Valentine Party
The CGCHE Valentine party will be held in February allowing students to exchange Valentines and enjoy food and fun.


Yearbook
CGCHE publishes its own yearbook, complete with senior portraits, activity pages, ads, and family pages. All CGCHE members are encouraged to submit a family portrait to commemorate your annual homeschool experiences. The yearbook is also an opportunity to meetother members.


Youth Groups
There are four youth groups – Play Group (PreK-2nd), Elementary (3rd-5th), Middle School (6th-9th), and High School (9th-12th). Activities are monthly, or as desired, and all activities are supervised by adult members of CGCHE. Ninth graders may choose to join either the Middle or High School group, but may not participate in both groups.

Our group is run by our members who each volunteer their time. We are happy to host any activity that has someone to organize it!


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