Guidelines for Rules

Deciding the Rules

Establishing a few rules can help to set the culture of your club as a place that is safe and respectful. Rules also teach Members how God wants us to treat each other. Usually rules are formed to address problem behaviours that have arisen, which means each club will have their unique set of rules.

Tips for establishing a set of rules:

1) Collaborate with Members to form the rules. Ask Members what rules they think will make a safe, happy environment for everyone.

2) Use simple and succinct language.

3) Frame rules in a positive way. It is easier to direct Members to an appropriate behaviour rather than telling them not to do something. For example, instead of saying, "Do not speak while the teacher is talking", it's more effective to say, "Quiet when the teacher is talking." 

4) If you make a poster for the rules, use visual symbols for Members who are not literate.

Applying the Rules

1) It is the responsibility of everyone to make Jesus Club a safe, pleasant place by applying the rules. Leaders are to be mindful that Members are adults, not children. Therefore, Leaders should speak to Members in a respectful tone, being careful not to sound patronising.

2) The most effective way to apply rules is for Leaders to follow them and thereby set an example.

Examples of Rules

Below are some examples of rules you may adopt at your club. These are actual rules from various clubs. You can imagine how the rules formed as a result of problems that have arisen! 

  • Use polite language. Speak respectfully to each other. Swearing is not OK.

  • Quiet when the teacher is speaking. Leaders can set a good example 
by listening to and 
looking at the teacher.

  • Stay with the group. Members are encouraged to let a Leader know when they go to the bathroom.

  • No running. To prevent accidents, people can walk quickly but are discouraged from running.

  • Soft balls only. Avoid hard balls such as tennis, cricket and basketball balls.

  • Violence is not OK. First, prevent. Second, act quickly. You may need to prevent violent behaviour by positioning particular Members away from each other, if you know they are prone to fighting with each other. If violence does take place, step in quickly and move the Members apart.

  • Handshakes are best. Some Members love physical touch and it is their way of displaying affection. We don’t want to discourage 
their affection but want to direct them to displaying it in
 an appropriate way. Therefore, handshakes are best.