AWANA stands for “Approved workmen are not ashamed” (2 Timothy 2:15). AWANA was founded in 1950 as an international, nondenominational Bible-centered children’s and youth ministry. The program is committed to evangelism and the discipleship of children and youth. Discipling our children is perhaps one of the most important things we can do for this generation as they are the future of the church. Consider the statistics that only nine percent of Christian youth and one third of born again adults believe in absolute truth. George Barna warns, “The church must focus on children andchildren’s ministry. We have virtually lost a generation, we cannot afford to lose another one.” AWANA is dedicated to getting as much of God’s word as deep into the hearts of as many children as possible so that they can be the nextgeneration to proclaim God’s truths.
What do you do at AWANA?
Each night at Awana the kids will participate in a large group teaching time where they will learn about a Bible Biography or learn a Bible concept, sing worship songs, play energetic games and meet with leaders during small group time. There are different themes for each night such as crazy hair night or glow in the dark night as well as monthly missions projects and service opportunities.
A key feature of AWANA is scripture memorization. Each child receives a handbook once they complete their entrance booklet. Sparks and T&T students are encouraged to work their way through their handbooks at their own pace. In the handbooks are verses to memorize. We want children to commit scripture to memory so it is, as we read in Psalm 119:11, hidden in their hearts.