What is Awana?
Awana is a worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship for ages 2-18. As the global leader in child and youth discipleship, Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love, and serve Jesus, no matter their background.
For over six decades, the Lord has used the ministry of Awana to reach kids, equip leaders, and change the world. While times and culture have changed, the gospel has not. And our focus on the unchanging truth of the gospel drives the same vision we’ve held all these years to reach kids in every corner of the globe. Rooted in the gospel, we walk boldly into the future to reach more kids, equip more leaders, and continue to be used by God to help change the world.
Every week Awana reaches more than 5 million kids in over 120 countries with the transformational power of God’s Word!
The vision and prayer of Awana is that all children and youth throughout the world will come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
The mission of Awana is to equip leaders to reach kids with the gospel and to engage them in lifelong discipleship.
How Awana Works
The Awana ministry philosophy places the primary ministry focus on being both highly Scriptural and highly relational. We call this The Great Connection, the distinct intersect of ministry when leaders, parents, and mentors engage with children and youth around the Bible.
We desire to accomplish The Great Connection through resilient child discipleship. Awana defines resilient child discipleship as the process of a Christ-follower committing meaningful, intentional, and consistent time and space to a child or group of children so that they may know who Jesus is and are known by a body of believers (BELONG), to place their faith in Jesus and apply the Word of God (BELIEVE) and to reproduce their own discipleship (BECOME) so that a third spiritual generation can lead and love like Christ.
Wednesday Nights are broken into three rotations:
- Council Time consists of announcements, awards, and a Bible message.
- Game Time consists of individual and team competitions through circle games in the gym.
- Small Group Time will be done as a group and kids will move together through their handbook.
- Fast Track meets from 6 p.m.-6:15 p.m. in the foyer for Kids in 3rd-12th Grade” to say their verses to leaders before Awana begins.
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Awana Clubs and Ages
NURSERY (Less than 2 year olds) – Infants and non-walking kids are cared for and loved by our volunteers. Space is limited and is for parents who are participating in a Wednesday night activity at Bethel.
PUGGLES (2 year olds) – Puggles have playtime, sing songs, do simple activities, and learn an age-appropriate lesson each week. Space is limited and is for parents who are participating in a Wednesday night activity at Bethel.
CUBBIES (3-4 year olds)- Cubbies participate in games, story time, and other activities to learn about God and memorize his Word. Space is limited and is for parents who are participating in a Wednesday night activity at Bethel.
SPARKS (K-2nd Grade) Sparks learn about the people and events of the entire Bible by working through their handbook together.
TnT (3rd-6th Grade) Truth and Training is split up with 3rd/4th Grade together and 5th/6th Grade together. They work through their handbooks together to learn more about God and grow as a disciple of Christ.
Trek (7th/8th Grade) & Journey (9th-12th Grade) is for students who want to continue in the Awana program. They will meet after Awana is finished for the night. These students also serve as leaders with Puggles – 6th grade during regular Awana.
How to Volunteer
A great way to invest in your children and the next generation. A place to serve together. Volunteer positions are available for nursery, preschool, and elementary kids. During our ministry year, you can join us at any time. It takes over 100 volunteers to make Awana run smoothly each week.
To volunteer, contact NicoleLofgren@bethelfc.com.
How to Sign Up
During the school year, you can sign up and pay at the Kids’ Welcome Desk on Wednesday evenings before Awana starts for the night. Fees are $35 per child (includes dues and one handbook per year). Preschoolers -2nd Grade require a vest and 3rd-6th Graders require a shirt. Bags are also available to carry supplies. You may also register online by clicking the button below.
Want to know more details about Bethel Kids? Check out our Parent Handbook here.