One of our children’s ministries at GBC, Awana, is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, derived from 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
The purpose of Awana is to reach children and youth with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.
Awana clubs meet at GBC each Wednesday night at 6:30 PM, roughly following the school year with a break in the summer.
You’ll find our Awana event schedule at the bottom right of this page. Please note that these are special events only. Unless otherwise noted, Awana will be held each Wednesday.
AWANA CLUBS AT GBC
At Grace Baptist Church we have clubs for preschoolers through middle school age students:
Awana Club Meetings
The purpose of the Opening Ceremony is to bring clubbers together at the beginning of the evening. It consists of prayer, American and Awana flag pledges, and general announcements.
Game Time is a highly charged and fast moving time of recreation and competition, supervised diligently and capably by our trained staff. It provides structured fun that interests kids, but also teaches them the value of teamwork and acceptance.
Handbook Time is devoted to scripture memorization, explanation, and learning. Leaders provide one-on-one time with the clubbers answering their questions and listening.
Council time is a worship experience and presentation of the Bible appropriate to the needs of children, and includes praise and singing along with a Bible-themed message to the clubbers.
The Awana Store and Earning Shares
Each Awana clubber has the opportunity to earn what we call “shares”. Shares are simply Awana money to be spent in the Awana Store. Shares can be earned by saying memory verses (sections), coming to Club on time and in uniform, bringing visitors, bring their Bible to club, etc.
The Awana Store houses many items that kids love from small novelty toys to large items the clubbers can save for. Store nights occur twice per year – once around Christmas-time and once at the end of the club year.
We do accept donations of new toys and items that might persuade kids to earn and learn.
Every year we hold theme nights to encourage participation among the leaders and clubbers of our Awana Club – also because theme nights are a lot of fun!
Information will be sent home prior to all theme nights and special events to ensure all clubbers and their parents are aware of current happenings. You can also check the Awana calendar online.
An important part of Awana is to establish unity and discipline within children (and leaders). Awana uses uniforms to assist in this effort. Uniforms are also a neat place to display awards.
Uniforms are available for purchase to all clubbers after completing their entrance booklets. Order forms will be sent home to parents upon doing so.
Awana dues are $25/per child, per semester with a maximum for $100 per family, per semester. The dues cover Awana materials and prizes. Dues are collected at registration and in January.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Please drop off your children no earlier than 6:15 PM.
Please return to pick up your children at 8:00 PM. Cubbies, Sparks and T&T clubbers must be picked up by a parent or pre-arranged guardian to avoid any confusion and safety risks.
Awana Clubs International
For general information about this ministry, please visit the Awana Clubs International site at this link.
Links below provide specific information about each club and include resources to help parents of Awana Clubbers: