What Is Awana?
Is an evangelism and discipleship program for children and youth, ages 2 to 18
Helps churches and parents raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ
Actively involves parents, mentors, and church leaders
Has been a leader in children’s ministry since 1950
Is non-denominational and international
Is an acronym, coming from 2 Timothy 2:15: Approved workmen are not ashamed
Is for everyone:
Puggles: 2-year-old children of Awana volunteers
Cubbies: 3- & 4-year olds
Sparks: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Truth & Training (T&T): 3rd – 6th Grade
Trek: Junior High
Journey: High School
Volunteer Leadership: Adults
You can get more information at www.awana.org
Why is Awana Important?
"The ages of 4 to 14 are the golden hour of evangelism. Research, anecdotal evidence and even common sense all clearly identify the childhood years as a window of opportunity for the greatest life-saving impact for eternity. For a large majority of people, if they do not respond to the gospel as a child, they likely will not do so later in life. All the ages of youth form the silver day. The teenage years as well provide a prime opportunity to evangelize."
- Rock-Solid Kids, Larry Fowler
Awana encourages spiritual, social, physical and intellectual growth in children. It uses Bible based curriculum and activities through which children learn the Word of God. From the example of godly leaders, children learn how to apply the Word of God in their daily lives. The curriculum also incorporates them-building through games that are fun and exciting. The care of Awana is Bible memory. As the children work through their handbooks, they are motivated to hide God's Word in their hearts through unique incentives and rewards.
What happens in Awana?
Each weekly club meeting includes:
• a small-group segment, during which clubbers recite Bible verses from their handbooks while interacting individually with their leaders;
• a large-group segment, during which a Bible message is presented;
• and a game-time segment, where they are assigned to teams and play for fun and excitement.
Awards are presented weekly to acknowledge handbook progress and other achievements. Exciting theme nights, the Awana Store and other stimulating activities spice up meetings throughout the year. All these activities are presented in the age-appropriate manner, meeting the needs of all age groups.
How can I join Awana?
You may submit paper registration forms and payment on Wednesday evenings at the Awana registration table or during normal business hours at the church office. All children will be placed on a waitlist until we have space for them.
How much are registration fees?
The annual registration fee for 2013-2014 is:
First Child $45
Second Child $35
Third Child $25
Fourth Child $15
Each Additional Child $10
These annual registration fees cover awards and prizes, club parties, regional competitions, special events, administrative costs, and leader training. All these things help make Awana exciting for your child.
What about books and uniforms?
Handbooks and uniforms are two of the most important components of the Awana Club. Clubbers work through their handbooks, memorizing scripture and working on Bible-based activities. Uniforms help maintain discipline, as well as provide a place to display awards earned. There are additional charges for the uniforms and handbooks. See the Awana Price List for pricing details.
How do I pay?
The Awana Store will be open each club night for registration and purchases. Uniforms, handbooks and other Awana items are available to purchase throughout the year. Financial assistance may be available for those who are in need.
What kind of parental involvement is expected?
We expect parents to assist their children in working through their handbooks. We believe that parents have the sole responsibility to be spiritual leaders in their homes. Awana is a great tool, but it cannot replace the parents' mandate to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)
Committed parents make some of our best leaders, and we have a variety of roles for everyone! Please volunteer to join our Awana leadership team. For more information about volunteering, click here.
Tell me about the awards
Awana offers a unique award system that helps motivate clubbers to achieve. Awards are presented weekly for handbook progress and club attendance. These patches and pins are worn on their uniforms. Various incentives reinforce good behavior, encourage future achievement, and create enthusiasm for learning. All award costs are included in the registration fee.
At the end of the club year, we hold an Awards Celebration ceremony, where clubbers are presented with ribbons and trophies to signify their achievements. All families and friends are invited and encouraged to join us for this exciting event.
Tell me about the special events and activities
Each year Awana sponsors regional events, such as Bible Quizzing and Awana Games (for 3rd-12th graders) and Sparks-A-Rama (for kindergarten-2nd graders), where clubbers from our church will complete against clubbers from regional churches. All qualified clubbers may participate. There is no extra cost to participate in these regional events. The FBCEG Awana Grand Prix, our annual pinewood derby, is another exciting highlight for all ages. Also, Clubbers (age 10 and up) who complete their handbooks have an opportunity to attend West Coast Honor Camp in the summer.