Each AWANA Club meeting is divided into five segments designed to provide excitement and learning for the meeting participants.
Each club night officially begins with a flag ceremony, announcements, and prayer. AWANA Clubbers pledge to the American and AWANA flags; the latter reminds everyone we have AWANA, “to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.”
This is the time for clubbers to recite verses and complete sections in their handbooks which they have hopefully prepared at home. Clubbers work one-on-one or in small groups with a trained leader to recite key Bible verses that they memorized. The AWANA Club leaders talk with the children to ensure they understand the verses that teach them how to know and follow God. Awards are given in recognition to the children who have completed the different sections in their AWANA Club handbooks.
The success of a child in this segment of Awana is largely due to the support received at home by the child’s parents or other caregivers. We encourage families to take time each day to review verses in the child’s handbook. When attempting to complete a section before an Awana leader, the leader is only allowed to give two helps per section, which includes references and meaning. To complete a book within the year, Sparks will need to average 3 sections an evening and T&T has one section assigned per week. This is not possible to do in a meaningful manner unless the clubber has prepared at home.
This is the time that clubbers engage in Biblical teaching in a larger group setting, singing, Sword drills, and prayer. Each AWANA Club group comes together to hear an age-appropriate Bible story to learn about the character traits of various Bible characters that honor God.
All pre-school and grade school clubbers get a time of running, jumping, pulling, cheering – and lots more – on the Awana Game Circle in team play (Cubbies) and competition (Sparks and T&T). Puggles have all their activities within their room. To ensure the safety of all children and prevent as many “boo boos” as possible, we ask that parents bring their children dressed with long pants and sneakers. Children who arrive without appropriate attire may be kept from participating in certain games for their safety.
This is the time of the evening where Sparks and T&T re-gather on the game circle in the gym to receive earned awards, hear announcements about upcoming events and thank the Lord for the great evening. Clubbers are then dismissed to their parents. We encourage all parents to observe the closing ceremonies each week to cheer on their child’s accomplishments and hear important announcements.
AWANA CLUB MEETING SCHEDULE
|5:45 — 6:00 pm||Check in **|
|6:00 –– 6:05 pm||Opening Flag Ceremony and Prayer|
|6:05 –– 6:30 pm||Game Time for T&T
Handbook Time for Sparks
|6:30 –– 7:00 pm||Game Time for Sparks
Handbook Time for T&T
|7:00 –– 7:30 pm||Council Time for Sparks and T&T
Game Time for Cubbies
|7:30 –– 7:40 pm||Closing Ceremony (T&T and Sparks)
Cubbies and Puggles dismissed from classrooms
|7:30 — 7:45 pm||T&T and Sparks dismissal and parent pick up from gym|
|7:45 pm — 8:00 pm||Trek and Journey Dismissal and Parent Pick Up|
** For the safety of each AWANA Club participant, parents are asked to come inside to the registration table each night with their Clubber to get a KidsCheck© identification sticker and then return with the sticker to check them out and the end of the meeting.