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A fun-filled, Bible-based youth program for children in Kindergarten through Junior High, AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, taking its name from the words of 2 Timothy 2:15:  “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Its purpose, as its pledge states, is “to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.”

What attracts children to AWANA Club is the action-packed games that it offers. Clubbers are divided up into four different teams – red, blue, green, and yellow – and are situated on the four sides of a large square surrounding a game circle. Individual and team games are played around the circle, with each person or team striving to be the first one into the middle of the circle to pick up the game pin and be declared the winner.  Competition can be stiff, and cheering for one’s teammates is encouraged!

AWANA is much more than just fun and games; at the heart of the program is Scripture memorization.  Each clubber is given a book to work through with Bible verses to learn.  Those who say their verses earn points for their team in the weekly competition, as well as “shares” that they can spend on prizes at the AWANA store on designated nights.  Those who complete a section of their book receive an award at the end of club night, while those who complete their entire book are given a plaque or trophy at the end of the club year.

Each club night ends with a 20-minute Council Time, during which clubbers hear an object lesson from the Bible, and receive individual and team recognition for their progress in their handbooks. AWANA Club meets on Wednesday nights from 6:55-8:15 p.m. during the school year (mid-September through the end of April).

For more information, call the church office at (610) 367-5955.