Operation Christmas Child
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.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
LIFE Groups and Operation Christmas Child
Every year, our AWANA kids challenge the congregation to see which group can bring more boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Every year, the kids win.
Last year, two LIFE groups pooled resources, shopped online, and assembled 72 boxes. This year, we're extending the invitation to all the adults of the church. It would be tremendous if we could double the number of boxes this year and hit 144.
So here's the plan:
Based on last year's numbers, the boxes averaged about $20 each. If you wish to participate, you can write a check to the church with "LIFE group OCC" in the memo line and you can put the checks (or cash) in April Nolen's VBS box in the office or give it to April or Steve Nolen. We'll begin purchasing items the week of October 24, with the goal of having everything here by the weekend of November 12-13. We'll schedule an assembly party that weekend, and everyone is invited to help assemble, regardless of their monetary contribution.
All dates and special nights are posted to a Google calendar here.
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.