Awana is a weekly program that meets on Wednesday nights. Kids learn God's word, make new friends, and play fun games. There are awards and special events all year round. It is a great program for your family to get involved in.
The inspiration for Awana, short for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, is found in 2 Timothy 2:15:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) (Awana key verse)
Awana at DBC has clubs for children aged 3 years old all the way up through high school:
Children ages 3-4
Grades K – 2
Truth & Training
Grades 3 – 6
Junior High (Grades 7 & 8)
Senior High (Grades 9 – 12)
Each year, Awana clubbers work through a handbook containing memory verses, Scripture readings, and activities to complete. Each book is broken down into sections, which clubbers complete by reciting Scripture and completing other activities. Most groups give awards for achieving milestones during the year, but those who finish their handbooks receive book awards at the end of the year on Family Night.
Additionally, Sparks who complete their handbooks qualify for Camp-a-Rama, and clubbers in the older groups (Truth & Training, Trek and Journey) who complete theirs qualify for RBGY Camp.
Each year, we either host or participate in a number of special events. Most are geared towards Awana clubbers, but some are good events to invite friends that would not normally attend Awana:
Held in the fall, our Carnival features many fun games, snacks and prizes.
Near Christmas, we bring the clubbers to a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols. Clubbers who play musical instruments are also encouraged to perform.
A day for Sparks clubbers to have fun competing against clubbers from other churches in a variety of games.
Truth & Training clubbers making good progress in their handbooks can compete at the regional Bible Quiz against clubbers from other churches based on the material in their handbooks.
Truth & Training clubbers compete against clubbers from other churches at the regional Awana Games, which features many fun games unique to Awana.
At the Grand Prix, clubbers compete with cars made from small blocks of wood. Trophies are awarded to the top three cars in both speed and design.
A day-long camp in the summer for Sparks that includes games, crafts, food, a Bible lesson, and more.
Clubbers in Truth & Training, Trek and Journey who finish their handbooks are eligible to attend RBGY Scholarship Camp, which is held for one week in August.
Held the last week of the Awana year, Family Night is an opportunity to recognize the hard work the clubbers put into finishing their handbooks. Family members are encouraged to attend the ceremony.