If you are a first through sixth grader, the place to be is AWANA! AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. AWANA is a Bible club for children from the age of three through the sixth grade. AWANA meets during the school year (September through May). AWANA combines the elements of girls and boys clubs with the structure of age-graded classes, adds a dash of VBS-like fun and a generous helping of God to create an exciting time that kids look forward to. Kids love AWANA so much that they have asked to have it during the summer!
AWANA is divided up into the following age categories:
Cubbies: three and four year olds (boys and girls together).
Sparks: kindergarten, first and second grade (boys and girls together).
Truth and Training (T and T): 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade (boys and girls).
Children go through their workbooks, learning and memorizing Bible verses to get patches and “jewels” to put on their uniforms. Game time gives them a chance to “use up some energy” and discover the benefits of competition and teamwork. Council time gives them a chance to learn about the Bible through a story, testimony or other way of communicating God’s Word. One of the biggest events of the year is the annual “AWANA Grand Prix” in late April. The Grand Prix gives the kids (or their parents!) a chance to build and race a small car down the track. It’s a great time of friendly competition and fellowship.
As with most clubs, there are dues and uniforms and other small purchases, but the benefit to the child is immeasurable! AWANA gives kids an early but thought-provoking encounter with God’s son, Jesus. Kids come out of AWANA having learned more Bible verses than some adults!!! If you’re curious about the AWANA program, check it out any Sunday night during the school year.
Pete & Nancy Cyprian - Northern Georgia Ministry
139 Thornehedge Way
Hampton, GA 30228
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Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.