What is AWANA?

Awana (www.awana.org) is a children’s ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ while training them to serve Him (discipleship). 
Awana Clubs are a place where children can play games, memorize Bible verses and learn Bible lessons throughout the school year.

What are the AWANA clubs? 

Kindergarten – 2nd grade
The Sparks curriculum is divided into three books. (HangGlider, WingRunner and SkyStormer). Each handbook contains a variety of memory verse drills, crafts, activities and review of key doctrine and Bible facts, and the books are divided into sections. Each Sparks clubber will work at his/her own pace to complete the handbook.

Small Group/Handbook Time: Clubbers work in small groups with other clubbers in their grade and book with a leader. The leader will lead the small group time and help clubbers learn their verses. The leader and listeners will listen to completed sections and sign-off in their handbooks. During Small Group/Handbook Time clubbers will receive their awards from the previous week’s completed sections.

Large Group Lesson Time: An interactive, age-appropriate Bible lesson, worship and/or prayer time. Large Group lesson will include the Gospel presentation and other biblical truths. It provides an opportunity for clubbers to share praises and prayer requests.

Theme Nights: A monthly flyer and/or email will be distributed to announce Theme Nights. Theme Nights may include fun themes such as: Crazy Hair Night, PJ Night, or Tacky Night.

Game Time: High energy, exciting games played indoors or outdoors in our Family Life Center (FLC). Game time promotes fun, exercise, good sportsmanship, and an opportunity to excel. Winning teams may receive AWANA points (dollars) and special recognition.

AWANA Leadership:
Our AWANA leaders have committed their time, talent, and enthusiasm to helping you nurture your child’s spiritual development in a fun, age-appropriate way. All leaders must be "vetted" and pass a thorough background check. We take your child’s safety very seriously and strive to ensure our leaders are equipped to work with children. All of our AWANA volunteers are members of Southisde Baptist Church. All AWANA staff and volunteers are trained in their respective AWANA Clubs including the AWANA disciplinary system and child to leader ratios.
Please pray for the AWANA team that they would be faithful and effective in leading children to Christ and training them to serve Him. 

AWANA Parent Involvement-A Critical Part of AWANA:
Our goal through the Southside Baptist Church AWANA ministry to help equip parents as they guide the family’s spiritual development. We know you invest a lot in your children and we’re thrilled you’ve chosen to invest in their eternity through AWANA. In order for your child to get the most out of their year, we ask that you help your child to make AWANA a priority. Here are a few suggestions that will enable you to do just that:
• Work with your clubber in their handbook. Spend a few minutes a day to guide them to successful completion of this week’s work.
• Pray for God’s work in and through your children. Pray for the AWANA staff as we yearn to make God known.
• Take time to sit with your clubber to read and discuss the club expectations.
• Be prompt and on time for checking in and picking up your child.
• Volunteer to help.
• Make sure your clubber wears their uniform, brings their handbook and Bible to club, and wears appropriate shoes and clothing.

If you are interested in learning more,  or have questions, please contact us at church@southsidebaptistrh.org and we will get back with you as soon as possible.