AWANA

What is Awana?

AWANA is an exciting, Bible-centered club program for boys and girls. A typical night at AWANA includes three segments:

1. Game Time - Every AWANA meeting kicks off in high gear with lots of team competition. Organized games get all of the children to participate, unleashing natural energy & enthusiasm.

2. Handbook Time - Using achievement-oriented learning, AWANA training emphasizes the importance of God & His Word for sound living. Clubbers progress through handbooks at their own pace & leaders meet with them individually to go over what they have learned.

3. Large-Group Time - Large Group time includes a Bible Story, music, announcements, awards & recognition for individual handbook progress & points scored in team play.

Who can come?

Awana is for boys and girls, pre-school through grade 5. The club is divided into three groups, according to age/grade in school - Cubbies, Sparks and T&T. Our current enrollment is about 210 boys and girls.

CUBBIES: The two years prior to Kindergarten

Cubbies is for boys and girls the two years prior to Kindergarten. It is a structured program where the kids learn early that being a Christian and learning verses can be fun. They learn simple verses with the help of Mom and Dad at home, sing songs, play games, learn to function in a group environment, hear Bible stories, and earn awards: patches for their vest and stickers for their handbook. Children learn about the Bible and Jesus through music, puppets, story-telling, prayer and reciting the Bible verse for the week. Parent involvement is extremely important. Parents are asked to read weekly Bear Hugs (stories) with their child and practice the Bible verse before each Cubbie session. Due to space concerns, we can only accept 60 Cubbies each year. If the program is full, your child may be placed on a waiting list for future openings.

SPARKS: Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

The Sparks curriculum takes kids a step deeper into God's Word while giving boys and girls regular opportunities to hear the gospel and come to faith in Jesus Christ. The three handbooks feature basic truths about God, Jesus Christ, salvation and the Bible; a clear and consistent presentation of the gospel message and an increased emphasis on Scripture memory. In three years, a child will learn and review over 150 verses. As the Sparks complete their handbooks they earn awards which are displayed on their bright red uniform vests! There are currently no limits on Sparks club size. To enroll in club any time during the year, simply come to the church by 6:00 p.m. and ask for the Sparks Registration Table. 

T&T: Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade

T&T stand for Truth & Training. The name Truth & Training reflects the passion of Awana to teach third through fifth grade boys and girls the truth of God’s Word and to train them to follow Christ in their daily lives. Our goal is that many of today’s young people will become tomorrow’s church leaders. T&T is the program that trains the leaders of tomorrow — today. Clubbers are divided into T&T Boys and T&T Girls, each with their own handbook groups, game times and Bible lesson times. These clubbers wear a green polo uniform shirt, and their awards for learning the 350 T&T verses are displayed proudly as they complete their handbooks. Additional activities for T&T include state-wide Bible Quizzing and Game Team Competition. There are currently no limits on T&T club size. To enroll in club any time during the year, simply come to the church by 6:00 p.m. and ask for the T&T Registration Table.

When does it meet?

Awana meets on Wednesday evenings through the school year. Cubbies meet from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., and Sparks and T&T meet from 6:00 - 7:45.

We make every effort to start on time. This means clubbers should arrive about ten minutes before starting time to register their attendance and get ready for club to start. Please arrive with enough time to sign in. Bring your children to club between 5:45 and 5:55. We ask that you are also prompt in picking up children following club. We make a real effort to close our club meeting promptly and we want to be sure children are safely in the care of their parents. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE PICKED UP IN PERSON BY A PARENT OR RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

Special information for Cubbie Parents: The Cubbies program runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. However, childcare is provided from 7:00 to 7:30 for Cubbies who have older siblings attending Sparks or T&T. Please make arrangements for this child care option with Janine Kruger, the Cubbies director, in advance. All Cubbies must be picked up by 7:30.

Who are the leaders?

Awana provides wonderful opportunities for boys and girls to learn and interact with positive Christian adult role models. Our leaders are carefully selected and trained to serve Christ as Awana leaders. The first prerequisite for an Awana leader is someone who loves God; and the second is someone who loves kids! Our volunteer staff provides sound Biblical learning, fellowship and excitement in a safe and loving environment. Our team of 70+ leaders must complete a background check and training sessions to prepare them for effective leadership.

Club Commander, Janine Kruger

Janine has several years of experience in the Awana ministry. She oversees all of the operations of the club year. She is assisted by “Directors” for each age area. The Directors teach Bible lessons and work directly with the children to make the Awana club an exciting and meaningful experience for every boy and girl.

What does it cost?

Families are asked to contribute a $25.00 registration fee for each child for the year to help off-set the cost of weekly operation of our Awana Clubs. These dues help to pay for handbooks, awards, treats, and basic materials and equipment.

Handbooks are included in the price of registration and are provided to all children. However, if a child must replace a lost handbook, the family will be asked to pay for the replacement.

The cost of a uniform is not included in the registration fee. Uniforms can be ordered from the club secretary and should be paid for separately from registration. A limited supply of used uniforms are available from time to time at a reduced cost.

If you find the registration cost or the cost of uniforms to be a financial burden for your family, please speak with the Awana Commander, Shelley Rayl or the Children’s Pastor, Mary Blosser. We want Awana to be available to all children!

How do I register?

Registration forms are available at the church office or on-line. Registration forms can be turned in at our kick-off/registration event, held in early September or any other time during the year. Kids can register at any time during the club year, simply by arriving on Wednesday night by 6:00 and speaking with the secretaries at the registration tables.