What is Awana?
Awana is a Wednesday evening Bible-centered program for children ages 2 years old through 5th grade that focuses on learning God’s Word in a fun atmosphere. Each week, Awana provides consistent, positive teaching and training that stresses strong moral and spiritual values. Our clubbers learn about the reality of God and the truth of the Bible. Incentives and awards are used to encourage children to progress.
What is our Key Bible Verse?
Timothy 2: 15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly divine the word of truth.”
Where is Awana held?
Children’s Building (Building #3)
Program meets from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where do I send my children?
Please do not send your children unsupervised into the church building. Instead, take them to the Registration table in the Children’s Building. Registration can help answer your questions, help you register your children, show you how to sign in your child as well as where to pick up your children etc.
Can I observe Awana?
Yes, you can observe Awana. As a first-time visitor to Awana, you are more than welcome to observe. We ask that you do not disturb the leaders as they are focused on ministering to our children. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please talk to the Commander, the Club Director or Registration. Please do not be offended if we cannot answer your questions until we have finished our program for the night.
Is there a cost for the program?
There is a $10.00 registration fee that goes towards the purchasing of awards, Awana store items and special events. Clubber’s uniforms and books are an additional charge as your clubber progresses through the program.
What can I do to help my child succeed in Awana?
Week by week, your children will grow spiritually as they learn Bible verses. Experience shows that encouragement from a parent will make a big difference in the spiritual growth of your children. Please set aside time each week to help your children study their handbooks.
Parent Involvement is essential for a clubber to be successful. Though leaders will work with your child, it is not possible for a clubber to correctly learn all verses during the handbook time. The verses are better learned and understood when studied and reviewed at home a few minutes each day. Here are a few suggestions to help your child be as successful as possible.
Encourage your child to be faithful in working through their Awana books. Perhaps your family could set a special time or two during the week to study God’s Word together. Be sure to explain difficult words or concepts to your child to help make the material meaningful.
Inform your child’s leader on how they can better serve your child. Are there any special needs or concerns that you have? Does your child need some extra attention or an encouraging word? You know your child better than we do and our leaders would appreciate as much insight as possible.
Validate the importance of Bible memory by having your child “teach” you the verse. They will also learn the verse while “teaching” you.
Be Patient, encourage and make learning versus fun! The Awana web site also has resources for parents . . . www.awana.org/parentsmain.asp Check it out!
Awana schedule (Sparks & T&T)
6:20 pm Arrival and registration of clubbers
6:30 pm Opening prayer and flag ceremony
6:35 pm Transition – Sparks to Book Time, T&T to Counsel Time
7:00 pm Transition – Sparks to Gym Time, T&T to Book Time
7:30 pm Transition – Sparks to Counsel Time, T&T to Gym Time
8:00 pm Closing ceremony, Pick-up and clean up
Order and Discipline
Discipline (related to the word disciple) is to train for correction and maturity. It is build off of love and concern, not as a penalty.
Awana uses the “5” (five) count to bring the group to order. As the leader counts to “5”, clubbers should become quiet and still.
In working with the clubbers, we will make every effort to redirect them should they be doing something unacceptable. This helps them to understand what is and is not permitted.
Some actions will require disciplinary steps. The Commander or Director will take the clubber aside, sit down and discuss the issue with them. If the Commander or Director deems it necessary or if it is a repeated offense, the clubber’s parents/guardians are called to come and pickup the clubber. The Commander or Director will discuss with the parent/guardian the reason for his/her actions as well as grounds for returning.
We expect our clubbers to:
Use appropriate speech
Respect leaders and other clubbers
Keep your hands to yourself
Respect the church building and property
Always stay with your club
Listen and follow your club leader’s directions
Obey the “5” count
Pushing, shoving, roughhousing is not allowed
Refer to leaders as “Mr.”, “Mrs.” or “Miss”