Awana is a great children’s ministry that really emphasizes fun and Bible memorization. A kid’s ministry without fun is a ministry without kids. We take fun “seriously” in Awana and hope our meetings will be so exciting that kids can’t wait to come back for more! Fun is not the only reason we want kids to be eager to return. We also want them to enjoy learning about God and how they relate to Him. We desire to see kids grow in the knowledge and love of God. We trust that through learning the Bible and memorizing scripture, young hearts will change and kids will come to real faith in Jesus. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
Most people who come to faith do so in their earlier, formative years and that is why this ministry is so important. We want children to have hope that can only come through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does Awana stand for?
Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. This is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Who is Awana for?
Awana is for all kids age 4 years through 6th grade. Feel free to invite others to come!
Do the kids stay in one large group?
No, kids are broken into different Awana clubs that are age-appropriate, as follows:
Cubbies Club (Age 4 and Preschool 5 year -olds)
Whether it is fun puppets, games or their “Cubbie” friends, preschoolers love the Cubbie Club. Each week Cubbies learn about God—the greatness of His love and His Word—and about His son, Jesus. The goal is to help parents in leading their child to God early so that he or she will trust Him for life.
Sparks Club (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders)
Curiosity is ignited in Sparks as they compete in fun games, learn about people and events of the Bible, and enjoy spending time with friends. The goal is to build a foundation of wisdom for knowing Jesus Christ.
Truth and Training (3rd through 6th Graders)
T & T is different from the other clubs in that it is really comprised of two clubs with distinct curriculum, uniforms and awards. T & T Ultimate Adventure is for 3rd and 4th graders and T & T Ultimate Challenge is for 5th and 6th Graders. Both groups have a goal of deepening a child’s knowledge about God and His Word and teaching how to put that knowledge into action in everyday life.
What do children experience at Awana?
- Biblical teaching that relates to their age and experiences
- Fun physical activity and competition
- Bible memorization
- Positive friendships
- Consistent and positive training on how to thrive in team and group settings
- Awards and recognition for accomplishments
Awana is a weekly adventure during the school year and is broken into three segments that provide start-to-finish excitement in every club meeting:
Team competition takes place in Awana’s unique circle games and other playground favorites. Kids have tons of fun unleashing their energy while learning teamwork, sportsmanship and other positive character traits through their participation.
Kids work one-on-one with trained leaders to finish assignments in their curriculum materials. The emphasis is on memorizing and understanding key Bible verses that teach children how to know and follow God. A series of awards and prizes reward their achievements at every level.
All the kids and leaders of the club gather together for singing, announcements, awards presentations and, most importantly, a practical Bible message.
How can kids get involved?
Parents can pre-register children at the Awana Info Center in the atrium on Sunday mornings, or by contacting Scott Killy at the church office. The number is 419-829-2005. Registration will also take place at the weekly club meetings.
Where and when will Awana meet?
Awana meets at Christ the Word Church, located in Sylvania, at Central Avenue and Murd Road, across from Secor Metro Park. (Our physical address is 3100 Murd Rd., Sylvania.) The club will meet each Wednesday evening beginning September 12. Kids can be dropped off at 6:30 p.m., and the club begins at 6:45 p.m., running until 8:45 p.m.
Is it possible for a kid to participate if they can’t come every week?
Yes, absolutely! Most kids work through a workbook at their own pace, so the only difficulty in missing a weekly Awana club is missing out on all the fun and excitement of that club night.
Is There a Cost for Awana?
Yes and no. There is no cost to come and enjoy the night of games, singing, teaching and all-around fellowship. However, most children will be working through a guidebook while achieving goals and receiving awards—and there is a $10 cost for the guidebooks. The only other cost is $15 for a uniform. While not required, most kids will be wearing one.
Child safety is very important to us at Christ the Word Church. We realize that by allowing your child to participate in Awana you have entrusted us with the care of your child. We understand this as a great responsibility. We want to assure you that all volunteers have signed Christ the Word’s Child Protection Policy and have agreed to background checks. If you have any questions or would like a copy of our Child Protection Policy, please contact the church office at 419-829-2005.