About Released Time
How to Register
To register online, click here.
To download a Released Time registration form, click here.
To download a CIA – Chi Alpha registration form, click here.
What is Released Time?
The Released Time Bible Program is a Pennsylvania state approved program which allows public school students to be dismissed from school for religious instruction. Students must have parental permission to participate. Released Time is not illegal in any state, but laws and restrictions vary from state to state. Contact Joy El Ministries for information concerning Pennsylvania or your home state.
Who sponsors Released Time?
Varied ministries throughout the United States sponsor Released Time programs. Public school districts do not sponsor Released Time programs. Joy El Ministries has been sponsoring and conducting Released Time in south-central Pennsylvania for 40 years. Joy El Ministries is a non-denominational Christian organization focusing on evangelizing, encouraging and equipping individuals for active ministry. To learn more about Joy El Ministries, click here: About Joy El.
Who is involved in Joy El Ministries Released Time?
- Over 3,200 students in grades 3 through 12
- 71 elementary schools, 19 middle, junior and high schools
- 28 school districts
- 10 counties
- 2 states
- Over 1,100 volunteers serve per week
What happens in a Released Time class?
Students are dismissed from public school at a designated time each week for up to 30 weeks during each school year. They are transported or walked to a nearby church or other facility for classes. Class time is structured into three main parts:
- singing and announcements
- a Bible lesson
- reciting selected scripture passages during small group time
Students earn awards for scripture memorization, Bible lessons, daily devotions, and service projects. The students also earn discounts on the cost of a week of summer camp at Camp Joy El. Students memorizing verses and achieving 300 points earn a free week of summer camp.
Joy El Ministries offers Released Time classes for three age levels: elementary, junior high (or middle school) and high school. The junior high program is called CIA, or Christians In Action. CIA is open to students in grades 6 through 9. The senior high program is called Chi Alpha, which is open to students in grades 9-12.