Parents have a strong desire for their children to know and understand who Jesus is, what he has done and what it means for their life here on earth. While many parents have had conversations with their children about Christ, there is a strong desire to build upon those conversations with activities and groups that embody the same values they are trying to instill in their kids. Awana is that group.
The main purpose of Awana is to reach children with the gospel of Christ. The gospel is presented often, and the children are given a chance to respond. Awana strives to train children to serve Christ. Scripture memorization is a key tool needed to be able to win the battle over sin. Awana uses motivational elements, such as individual awards earned by the clubbers, to keep the clubbers interested and excited about learning Bible verses.
During the school year, Awana meets every Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. While each gathering is casual our weekly event provides structure and consistency, two things our children thrive on. Here is a sample of our weekly agenda:
Opening Ceremony (10 minutes); Dave Tompkins, our Awana ministry director, leads the group in pledges, an opening prayer, and makes any announcements that the entire group needs to know.
Game Time (25 minutes): Fun and games on the Awana Game Square.
Handbook Time (25 minutes): Clubbers meet with individual leaders to pass achievements in entrance booklets and handbooks.
Large Group Time (25 minutes): Cubbies and Sparks learn about missionaries and ways that they can engage in missions. Our T&T clubbers have a large group Bible study related to the verse they are memorizing.
CUBBIES – If your child is 3 or 4 years old he/she is a Cubbie. (Please note that your child must be 3 years old by September 1st to be able to participate in Awana as a Cubbie. If they are not 3 years old by September 1st, they will need to wait to register the following year.) Since these children are so young and cannot read by themselves, parental involvement is a must. Cubbies are encouraged to memorize one verse per week. If they need more of a challenge there are special awards, “Apple Tree Stickers,” given for reviewing verses already memorized.
SPARKS – The Sparks club is for children in kindergarten through second grade. Your child will experience emphasis placed on memorizing the Word of God as well as Bible-centered activities that reinforce who God is in their minds and hearts. No matter what rate your child learns or memorizes, Sparks are given the freedom to move at their own pace.
TRUTH & TRAINING – The T&T club is created specifically for children in grades third through fifth. These clubbers work through handbooks containing “Discoveries” or “Challenges” that are made of seven sections. Each section includes verses to memorize or Bible-centered activities to do.