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September 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tonight is the first night of AWANA.
1. What is AWANA? AWANA is an acronym that stands for APPROVED WORKMEN ARE NOT ASHAMED based on 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a children’s outreach ministry founded in 1950 to seek to reach kids, equip leaders, and make a difference for Jesus Christ in the world. AWANA is presently involved in 120 countries ministering to 3.7 million children on a regular basis.1. What is AWANA? AWANA is an acronym that stands for APPROVED WORKMEN ARE NOT ASHAMED based on 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a children’s outreach ministry founded in 1950 to seek to reach kids, equip leaders, and make a difference for Jesus Christ in the world. AWANA is presently involved in 120 countries ministering to 3.7 million children on a regular basis.
2. Is AWANA clear on the Gospel and doctrinally sound? Historically, AWANA has been clear on the Gospel and doctrinally sound, though churches who utilize AWANA have not always been as clear. We pray they will remain faithful to God and His Word.
3. How will AWANA differ from our other children ministries? While we greatly value our Sunday School classes, Kids for Christ class, and Junior Church, AWANA will differ in that it hopefully will be more conducive to community outreach with the Gospel. Our prayer and desire is that the children and parents of DBC will reach out to children in their neighborhoods, schools, etc. and invite children to AWANA where they will hear the Gospel. In addition, AWANA has a feel of being part of a club, including uniforms, along with materials for parents to use with their children at home.
4. Who is AWANA for? At DBC, it is open to all children ages 3-grade 6. 7-12 graders attend our Young Peoples class.
5. When does AWANA start and meet? AWANA starts at DBC on September 20th, 2017 and will finish May 30th (as we take the Summers off). We meet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. every Wednesday night with the exceptions of October 4 (Bible Conference), December 6 & 13 (children’s Christmas program practice) and April 4 (Spring break).
6. What are the AWANA groups my children will be involved in at DBC and where do they meet?There are 3 groups available:a. Cubbies (ages 3-5) – meets in the age 3 & 4 Sunday School classroomb. Sparks (K-2) – meets in the age 5-K Sunday School classroomc. T & T (grade 3-6) – meets in the grade 1 & 2 SS classroom
7. Is there a cost or charge involved in your child participating in AWANA? While many AWANA clubs do charge to cover their costs for AWANA, we have decided at DBC to handle the cost by taking up a special offering for AWANA on September 6th during the Family Fellowship Night. If someone would like to give at a later time, they are free to do so by writing a check and designating it for AWANA during any offering at DBC. But there is significant cost involved for teacher and student handbooks (that the children take home and work on with their parents), awards that are given out, apparel, etc.8. What does an AWANA evening look like?(6:30) All Sparks and T & T children meet in the Junior Church room for opening exercises and announcements. Cubbies will go immediately to their classroom.(6:35 – 7:50) Large group time – during this time the group hears the Word of God taught and the Gospel presented, along with some singingSmall group time – the children then move to smaller tables where they are in groups of 4-5 children per leader to discuss the lesson, work on Scripture memorization, etc.Game / interaction time – during this time a variety of fun, energetic activities and games are utilized in our AWANA Game Room on the top floor at DBC. While there are competitive games for the Sparks and T & T age children, the Cubbies have non-competitive games they are involved in.(7:50-8:00) All Sparks and T & T children meet again for final comments or awards.9. Is there a Parents Night where parents can watch and see firsthand our AWANA ministry? Yes there is! Please plan to join our AWANA groups on November 1st, 2017 to observe up close and personal your child in action.
10. How do I register my child for this year? There are forms for you to fill out tonight, or at the DBC Bookstore, or at the beginning of an AWANA evening (please come by 6:15pm if possible to do this in time).
11. What if my child turns age 3 during the AWANA season? Can he begin at that time? The answer is YES if he/she turns age 3 by March 1st. Otherwise, your child will have to wait until the following Fall to begin.
12. Does my child need an AWANA uniform? We all know that children love uniforms and AWANA kids are no exceptions. We are tentatively planning on providing these for all our children (though we are still looking at either a vest or T-shirt and into total cost).
13. What if my child loses his / her handbook or vest / t-shirt? If this occurs, you will need to purchase a replacement manual or vest (which we should have available at DBC).
14. Who is the AWANA director at DBC and how can I contact him? He is Mark Laughlin. You can contact him with your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.576.9023.