AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) teaches children that God is real, that He loves them, and that He has expressed that love through Jesus Christ. This is the end result, but the method is FUN!
Who Can Attend?
What Does a Night at AWANA
AWANA nights start with check-in (6:15 – 6:30 pm), where children earn stickers for wearing their uniform, attending church and Sunday School, and having their Bible and book with them. After check-in, the night is broken into three 30-minute blocks of time, with children in age-appropriate groups (see chart above).
- HANDBOOK TIME: This is the time that kids get to say their memory verses from the sections in their age-appropriate handbooks. The handbooks are geared toward different age groups, with younger children getting the basics and older children learning verses that help them understand broader concepts, like respect, grace, and destiny. In addition, kids learn the books of the Bible and answers to questions that they may get from their friends about why they go to church and why the Bible is important. Verses must be memorized “word perfect”, which means staying true to what God’s word says and including the verse “address” (where it is found in the Bible). Children are allowed two “helps” (or clues) if they run into problems. They are also encouraged to know not just what the verse says, but what it means. Children earn stickers for verses passed, and when they pass an entire section, they receive patches, jewels, pins, bone awards, etc.
- GAME TIME: This is the time to blow off steam and really have some fun. Dividing the groups into four teams, the kids compete with some heart-pumping games, like three-legged race, bean-bag relay, castle guard, and scooter relay. Teams earn points for coming in first, second, and third, as well as for following the rules. Extra points can also be awarded for good sportsmanship and listening to directions, and don’t forget to run around the circle every time the Games Director says, “AWANA!” Points are added up and candy is awarded at the end of the night for the team with the most points.
- COUNCIL TIME: This is where the rubber meets the road. The Commander will normally give a talk for about 15 minutes about a way to apply the Bible to daily life. Then, the talk gets interactive, with questions and answers time, games that test what they have learned (e.g., putting the books of the Bible or the 10 Commandments in order), or letting the kids give examples of how they would apply the concept being taught.
- EXTRA FUN: In addition to the three time blocks, we also include other special nights to keep it interesting.
- Sticker Store (kids trade in their stickers for small toys and prizes)
- Bible Character Night (dress up like your favorite Bible character)
- Crazy Hair Day
- Sports Night (wear sports gear for a sport that you like)
- Hawaiian Night (Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, etc.)