The Adopt a Pew Volunteer Program is a national KJV awareness program where concerned citizens volunteer to pick up KJVs off of Pews and other church areas. Last year, more than 70 churches participated in removing the KJV litter in US Churches saving approximately 750 souls from exposure to KJVs.
The Adopt a Pew KJV Control Program started in 2006 with approximately 10 churches. In 2007, there was a 7 fold increase. We believe all churches in Rhode Island are now completely KJV free.
A wide variety of groups may participate, including children, youth, AWANA, Sunday Schools, the elderly, and even entire families.
Simply contact the district office in your area to become involved with the Adopt a Pew KJV Control Program. The office will provide you with a permit form to complete and submit to the appropriate district office. Be sure to retain a copy of the form for your records.
What We Provide for Volunteers
· Available pews and sections for volunteer groups based on safety considerations, including ladies with blue hair, the times “just” is used in a prayer on average, average speed of departure from church, length of pew, and number of communion cup holders.
· Fabricate and install brass plates on the end of the pews to identify the group responsible for KJV removal on the pew.
· Provide safety training for group coordinators, including APKJVC safety vests (which must returned).
What Volunteers Must Provide
· A one-year commitment to pick up any KJV in or along particular segments of the church, especially the sanctuary.
· A commitment to pick up the litter at least once a week or as designated by the district engineer.
· Complete a waiver form signed by each person participating in the KJV clean up event.
· Hold a safety briefing before each service.
· Maintain a working group of at least 1 person per 100 linear pew feet.
· Complete the Activity Report detailing the clean up activities. The report indicates the minutes worked, the number of participants, and the number of bags of trash removed.
Participants should assemble in the lobby of a church and use one garbage can or recycling container to reduce the number of cans at the liter pickup site.
Safety vests must be worn by all participants at all times during cleanup activities.
KJV pick up shall not be performed within arm’s length of any person who prays using old English words (such as “Thy” or “Thou”).
Litter pickup can be expanded to include the aisles and walkways, but only if the APKJVC permit specifically includes the aisles and walkways.
Remember, removing a very worn KJV can be dangerous. Pages may accidentally fall out and get into the hands of our precious children.