Wednesday nights, during the school year!
The goal of the AWANA club is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ, and train them in Scripture memorization.
The evening begins at 6:30 pm with the flag ceremony. The kids and leaders join together in the pledge to the American Flag and then the pledge to the AWANA flag. If there is any announcements of upcoming events or special nights, this is when everyone is informed, so it's a good idea for parents to stick around for a few minutes.
The commander then starts a small scripture lesson, and once completed, the groups are divided up and sent to do the scheduled activities. The kids have a time of team games, book time and then counsel time. The evening concludes at 8:00 pm.
Throughout the year children will learn what the AWANA acronym stands for and learn how it applies to them in their everyday lives. The acronym is based on 2 Timothy 2:15:
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
One of the activities of the year is Operation Christmas Child. We do a shoebox collection around Christmas time, and each child get's a chance to decorate and pack a box with gifts and a letter about how they are and even get a chance to share the Good News!
Once all of the boxes are packed we create a "bucket brigade" and the boxes are sent down the line to the stage in the Great Room. After the big kids finish, we have a finale with the Cubbies and Puggles bringing their boxes out to the stage.
Every year the AWANA kids challenge the congregation to a box filling contest, and so far the AWANA kids are undefeated, but we are getting closer and closer!
Just a little video from 2014/15 Carnival! Mr. Cucumber getting pie in his face.
Mission & goals
Puggles celebrates the spiritual potential of toddlers (2-3 year olds) by teaching them four basic principles. Puggles recognizes the learning potential of this age group by introducing biblical precepts at church and equipping parents to teach them at home. Toddlers love having their very own AWANA club just like their older siblings.
Cubbies celebrates the spiritual potential of preschoolers (3-5 years old) by helping them develop respect for God, His Son and His Word. Cubbies encourages parental involvement. Your child's handbook features parent-child activities for home. You will lead your child through sections in preparation for their next meeting called Bear Hugs.
At club, your child will review the verse you helped teach at home. Working through the handbook with your child develops your spiritual leadership and helps you instill your child with a lifelong biblical worldview.
Sparks ignites the curiosity of early elementary-age kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ.
Parent's play a leading role in their child's spiritual development and investing in your child's growing faith by reading and discussing the Bible and the handbook sections with them and help them memorize the verses for each week's meetings.
Whether it is putting their newly acquired reading skills to the test, or memorizing the verses, Sparks is there to ignite the fire that will burn for the rest of their lives.
T&T is our "tween" group, and is divided up a little differently from other AWANA clubs and it's curriculum. The students actually go through a four year cycle of curriculum our wonderful leaders have created. This curriculum provides a strong foundation of the Gospel, Jesus' ministry and parables, and how the Bible applies to their lives as they get older.
Memorization is still a strong part of the program, but each student also learns a little more about studying the Bible in preparation for joining the Edge, starting middle school and youth group.