History of Christian Home Educated Children
CHEC had its beginnings in a small group of people who started meeting in 1987. At that time, homeschooling was relatively unheard of in this area. During that first year, the four or five families met in homes to pray, encourage each other, and exchange materials and ideas. By the second year, the group had grown in size, and by the third year, we had a name – D.O.D.D. (DeLand, Orange City, DeBary, and Deltona) Homeschoolers. We met at the DeLand Public Library, then on Rich Ave., where a homeschool friendly librarian often offered programs for our children. We also began holding Activity Day in a member's backyard. Each year the group has grown, often by word of mouth as parents asked questions and became intrigued with the idea of teaching their children at home.
For many years the group had monthly support group meetings held at Volusia County Baptist Church, but as volunteers graduated their children and moved on to other endeavors, and as the group grew to include people with different interests, needs and schedules, the large monthly meetings faded out and CHEC morphed into an online information-sharing group for area homeschoolers.
CHEC operates primarily in West Volusia with members in the Deland. Orange City and Debary areas as well as Eustice, Tavares and Mount Dora. Go to Groups.Yahoo.com and set up a Yahoo account to join, or use your existing Yahoo account and request membership in CHECgroup.
PACE is another online Yahoo support group for homeschoolers that has members mostly in Deltona and Sanford areas.
FAITH homeschool community is in the eastern part of Volusia County
For His Glory is a homeschooling co-op in Deland
Voices of Joy singing and acting for the community based in Winter Springs
Joanne Whitaker teaches accredited classes in Longwood/Lake Mary
Area Support Groups
Statement of Faith
The CHEC Statement of Faith represents the overall beliefs of CHEC members.
We require all members to read the Statement acknowledging that it is what CHEC is based on and agreeing to honor and respect it.
Administrative leaders, small group leaders and volunteers are expected to honor and respect it and not in any way bring disrepute to CHEC’s Statement of Faith.
We do not require of anyone that they agree with every word of the Statement.
If you are homeschooling in Volusia County, we welcome you to join the CHEC Yahoo group and contribute your ideas, field trip suggestions, and questions. With over 150 members, we offer a community with years of combined homeschooling experience. Whatever your question, whether related to curriculum, learning disabilities, the State Homeschooling Convention, co-ops, extra-curricular activities, or burnout, someone will have the answer!!
WE BELIEVE… The Bible, both Old and New Testament, is inspired by God in every word, completely without error in the original writings, and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God in eternity exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh, being fully God and fully man, except without sin.
(Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 48:16; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-4; 10:28-30; Col. 1:13-17; 2:9; Heb. 1:8-9)
Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin through the disobedience of Adam and is therefore lost and unable to justify himself before God. (Genesis 1:27; Gen. 3; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12)
Salvation is a free gift of God's grace, acquired through personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners and who rose again for their justification. (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:25; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)
The Holy Spirit produces a new life, and God has anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (John 14:26; 16:7-14; Titus 3:5; Rom.8:1-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 3:16-20; 4:30; Acts 1:8)
The blessed hope of the church of Jesus Christ is the reality of the imminent, personal return of her Lord and Savior. (Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)
Man's eternal destiny is solely determined by his acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ, God's provision for man's sin. Those who accept Christ as their Savior will be resurrected to eternal life and joy in the presence of God, but those who reject Christ will be resurrected to judgment and separation from God for all eternity. (Daniel 12:2; Matt. 25:46; John 5:24-29; 1 Thess.4:13-18; Rev. 20:6; 21:1-8; Rom. 2:5, 8; Rev. 20:10-15