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What is RCH?

RCH stands for Ruston Christian Homeschoolers. Our organization exists for two primary purposes:

 

  1. To provide information and resources about homeschooling to the community. We are here to answer questions for those who may be considering homeschooling.
     
  2. To support and encourage our members as they homeschool their children. We offer lots of opportunities for our families to be involved, but all of our events and activities are optional.

 

 

RCH MEMBERSHIP
Membership in RCH is open to any homeschooling family who agrees with our Statement of Faith, Family, and Education found below. (Please note that registration for RCH requires prospective members to sign saying that they have read and agree to the statements found below.)

 

Some benefits of RCH membership include:

  • Fellowship and support of other homeschooling families
  • Annual events such as: Back to School Kickoff, Fall Family Night, Homecoming, Christmas Party, Winter Formal, Student Recognition Night, Talent Show, musical and drama performances, etc.
  • On-going student development such as: speech and debate club, cross-country team, etc.
  • Field trips, which often involve group discounts
  • Regular mom's nights, play dates, and other fun get togethers
  • SEEKERS Co-op, a weekly meeting of homeschool families to have classes together
  • Group administration of standardized achievement tests
  • Graduation ceremony for high school seniors
  • Access to RCH website for activity calendar, event sign-ups, member classifieds, helpful information and links
  • Membership discount for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, divinely preserved Word of God, the supreme and final authority for all faith and life.

We believe that there is one eternal God, manifested as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His imminent bodily return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is there lost, and only those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, can be saved. 

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to the sinner by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose substitutionary death on the cross paid the penalty for man’s sin. 

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict mankind; indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers through our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that individual doctrinal differences which may exist, outside of the aforementioned (IV:1_6), should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators. 

 

STATEMENT ON FAMILY AND EDUCATION

Section 1: Family

We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social, and spiritual unit created by God. In it, the child learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship to the Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, according to John 3:5 and 16, Ephesians 6:1, and Colossians 3:20. The family also provides protection from over-extensive government and over-stimulating social involvements.

 

We understand “family” to mean a male and female parent, legally married, with one or more children (Genesis 1:26_28), although we recognize the exceptions of a single parent, adopted, foster, and step children (James 1:27).

 

Section 2: Education

We believe the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:1_25, and 4:1_4). Thus, we believe this is an inalienable right given by God which the State cannot create, destroy, or alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the ultimate control and supervision of the parents. 

 

We believe that all education is religious in nature since one’s view of the world and life is inevitably involved in teaching (Proverbs 2:1_8 and 3:1_2, with 6:20_23, and Matthew 28:18_20). Every discipline of knowledge, whether it be a subject such as mathematics, science, or history will have as its final reference point a theistic or, in the alternative, a humanistic view of reality (Colossians 1:15_20 and 2:8_15), and that there is no neutral academic discipline.

 

How Do I Join RCH?

You can join RCH at any time, but registration begins in late summer/early fall. You must be a member to participate in RCH activities. Anyone who can sign the statement of faith, family and education (detailed above) is welcome to join. You do not have to live in Ruston to take part. We have members from all over north Louisiana and even from Arkansas. To join, simply click the tab that says "RCH Membership Form" from the "What Is RCH" tab above, print the form, fill it out and mail the form along with the dues to the current secretary listed on the form. RCH dues are typically $60 per family for the school year, though we are reducing fees for the 2021-2022 school year only in response to the effects of COVID-19. FOR THIS YEAR ONLY, OUR DUES WILL BE $50.