Denman Avenue Baptist Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In order to glorify God, we will use what God has blessed us with to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:37-40).
Have you ever wondered what the AWANA ministry is all about? The following questions may be some of the very ones you have asked. I hope these help you to understand what the AWANA ministry is and the part it plays in our Future Generations. Come and check us out on Sunday nights.
What is AWANA? The acrostic stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. This comes from the scripture 2 Timothy 2:15. The ministry of AWANA reaches boys and girls from the ages of 3 years old to 8th grade, and their families, with the gospel of Christ. .
AWANA . . .
AWANA Clubs International is an excellent Bible based program which is active all over the United States and in many foreign countries. The heart of AWANA is in the gospel message. AWANA strongly emphasizes memorizing and understanding scripture while offering games and a variety of Bible related activities. The values and verses learned in AWANA help participants live Christ-honoring lives even at a young age.
AWANA meets on Sundays at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Three's and fours report to the Preschool Wing.
AWANA is offered for kids 3 years (who have turned three before Sept. 1st) through 6th grade.
AWANA is organized into age groups called "clubs". Each club has a name, handbooks and activities for that age.
3&4 year olds—CUBBIES - This preschool program features Cubby Bear, a blue vest with accompanying award and a zoo motif. Handbooks provide memory verses and teach basic Bible truths along with popular preschool concepts of colors, shapes, numbers and letters. Cubbies meet in the Preschool Wing.
K5, 1st, 2nd Grades—SPARKS - This club features Sparky, a fun firefly character, who leads the children through age appropriate handbooks.
3rd-5th Grade PALS, PIONEERS, CHUMS, and GUARDS -
Pals: 3rd and 4th grade boys; Pioneers: 5th and 6th grade boys; Chums: 3rd and 4th grade girls; Guards: 5th and 6th grade girls.
These clubs include red and light gray shirts with accompanying awards with an Indian motif for Pals and Chums and a contemporary nautical motif for Pioneers and Guards. Two age level handbooks per club contain a variety of Bible memorization and Bible-centered achievement activities.
AWANA awards help to motivate both club members and leaders to achieve. When clubbers complete entrance booklets, they are then eligible to wear the official AWANA uniform or vest. When completing sections in handbooks and other achievements, they receive patches, bars and other awards. Achievements earned each Wednesday night also equal points and weekly awards for the winning team. These incentives reinforce regular attendance, good behavior, and enthusiasm for learning.
Weekly AWANA meetings are divided into four segments:
Flag Ceremony - Cubbies do not attend Flag Ceremony.
Game Time - provides fun, develops co-operation, team spirit, good sportsmanship, and positive character qualities as teams compete. It features active, fun games that you won't find anywhere else. boys and girls participate on the unique AWANA game circle by age groups.
Handbook time - this informal, small group time provides an opportunity to challenge kids to accept Christ as their Savior and to grow in His Word. Its emphasis is on scripture memory and careful study of God's Word. Leaders build strong relationships with kids in their group and serve as godly role models.
Council Time - this group segment varies from week to week and includes songs, testimonies, Southern Baptist Convention missions emphasis, stories, prayer time, guest speakers, Bible message and award presentations.
FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
Actually Game Time is only part of a night which lasts a total of 2 hours. The other two 30 minute segments are Handbook Time and Council Time. Although Game Time is the big draw and is lots of fun, it is only a portion of what the kids do on Wednesday nights. Back to FAQ's
This is a 30 minute segment of time in which the clubbers have come prepared to recite from memory verses they have learned for the week. They do this in their small groups with one or two leaders. Back to FAQ's
Yes. They must meet the standard handbook requirements in their club and are rewarded for their hard work and commitment. These awards are placed on their uniform and represent their achievements. Back to FAQ's
AWANA works hand in hand promoting Sunday School and church attendance. In fact, clubbers must meet the requirement of attending two consecutive times in Sunday School to pass a section in their handbook. Another handbook section requirement is to bring a guest to AWANA. This brings a lot of unchurched kids to church. Back to FAQ's
Yes, we believe so. On any given week children in all age groups are memorizing the Word of God, which is approximately 1,000 verses each week club wide. God tells us that His Word will not return void. AWANA also reaches into the homes of unchurched families as the clubbers bring guests. Back to FAQ's
K-5 through 5th grade is asked to bring .50 dues per child which helps to offset the cost of the necessary supplies such as handbooks, awards, and other expenses incurred by the ministry. (The 3 and 4 year olds are asked to bring .25.) Back to FAQ's
Leaders assist the clubbers all night in all segments, but are especially needed in Handbook Time to listen to memory work. We welcome anyone interested to come and observe on any AWANA night. This is truly how you will see and understand how awesome God works through this ministry. Back to FAQ's
All of our leaders are asked to complete their Basic Training within the first six weeks of the club. It is ideal if a leader can complete this before serving in the club. During this training you will become equipped with the information needed to serve in the age group you have chosen. Back to FAQ's