AWANA

Awana Meets Wednesday Evenings

During the School Year

6:15-7:30pm

K-6th Grade

AWANA is a Bible-centered children’s club whose goal is to give boys and girls the chance to know, love and serve God.

The name AWANA stands for – Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. This comes from the Bible Verse 2Timothy 2:15:

AWANA THEME NIGHTS 2018-2019

September

12 – Carnival Kick-off

19 – Crazy Sock Night – wear your craziest socks

26 – Favorite Sports Team – wear a shirt for your favorite team

October

03 – Bring a friend night

10 – Dress in your favorite color

17 – No Awana (MEA)

24 – Crazy Hair Night – how crazy can you go?

31 – No Awana (Halloween)

November

07 – Crazy Glasses Night – prize awarded for the craziest!

14 – Career Night – dress like what you want to be when you grow up

21 – No Awana (Thanksgiving)

28 – Inside-Out Night – Wear your clothes inside-out

December

05 – School Colors Night – wear your school colors

12 – A time for giving – Bring a canned good for a family in need

19 – Dress like Christmas Night – how Christmas-y can you be?

26 – No Awana (Christmas Break)

January 2019

02 – No Awana (Christmas Break)

09 – Pajama Night – wear your favorites

16 – Pastor Visit Night – our pastor will visit each room during handbook time

23 – Dress like your favorite movie character

30 – Funky Hat Night – wear your funkiest hat

February

06 – Stripes Night – wear stripes!

13 – Heart Night – wear as much red as you can. Prizes awarded

20 – Alphabet Night – choose a letter & wear as many items that begin with that letter

27 – Awana Team Color Night – wear your team colors

March

06 – We love America!!  Wear red, white and blue

13 – Green Night – wear something green

20 – Animal Night – wear something with an animal on it or with animal print

27 – Jelly bean night -jelly beans are awarded for verses learned

April

03 – Balloon Night

10 – Kid’s Choice Night (kids choose favorite game from past year)

17 – Awards Night

General Awana Information

AWANA Meeting Time

Swan Lake Awana Clubs will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 pm to

7:30 pm at the church.

Registration

  • All Children who participate in Awana at Swan Lake Church MUSThave a completed registration form.

AWANA Club Donation

All clubbers are asked to give $15 per year ($30 max. per family) donation to cover some of the costs of AWANA.  This includes the cost of their handbook and awards.  You may pay this at one time or bring $1 each week to club.

This donation is optional – if cost is an issue please speak with any AWANA leader.  We have “scholarships” available for those who cannot afford club costs.  We NEVERwant money to keep a child from experiencing the joy of AWANA!

What to Bring to AWANA

  • Your child should bring their AWANA Handbook and Bible (T & T Club). Please have them wear comfortable shoes for running and playing.
  • Each week there is a special theme in which your child can participate. Included with this note is our AWANA calendar for the year and the theme for each night.

AWANA Club Attendance

There are four awards to be earned for club attendance during the club year.  An award will be given the night a clubber attends for the 6thtime.  The number of awards a clubber earns will depend on how many times they attend during the year.

Awana attendance is far more important than for the purpose of the clubbers winning awards.  The clubber who attends regularly will develop closer relationships with the leaders, other clubbers and most importantly – with God.

Inclement Weather Policy

  • AWANA will be cancelled if school has been cancelled due to bad weather.
  • We will give notice of cancellation over the radio if bad weather moves in after school hours.Listen to KMHL (1400 AM) or KKCK (99.7 FM for cancellation notices.
  • We will also post cancellation notices on the church website: swanlakechurch.organd on our Facebook page.

AWANA Behavior Guidelines

In order for our AWANA Club to be a fun and safe environment, we have the following guidelines.  Parents should read these together with their child.

  1. Arrive on time:  AWANA begins promptly at 6:15 pm.  Please arrive a few minutes early to help us begin on time.
  2. Come Prepared:  Always bring your Handbook and your Bible.
  3. Participation:  All our children are involved in playing games, memorizing scripture and listening during large group time.  We require children stay with their team leaders at all times and never leave the church building.
  4. Be a good listener:  We want every child to have a safe enjoyable time at club.  Remember to quiet down and come to attention whenever a leader begins to count to 5.
  5. Show respect at all times:  Treat everyone like you wish to be treated. You will be asked to sit on the sideline during games if you are disrespectful and do not play by the rules.
  6. Respect and take care of church property and club equipment.
  7. Label personal belongings:  Make sure your first and last name is written on your Handbook and your Bible.
  8. Hitting, swearing, being disrespectful: Using “put-downs” and unkind words are unacceptable behaviors that can result in dismissal from club for several nights.

We follow two general procedures set up by AWANA Clubs International for discipline:

Five-Count System:  In order to quiet the entire group of clubbers the leader will count slowly to 5 (while holding their hand up in the air).  As soon as the count is begun clubbers should immediately be quiet.

Three-Count System:  This is for individual discipline.  The misbehaving clubber is given a 1-count as a warning.  The second time the same clubber misbehaves the procedure is repeated with a 2 count. The third time this happens the clubber is removed from the group and parents will be called to pick them up. The child is welcome back to AWANA Club if the clubber’s behavior meets club’s standards.

How Parents Can Help

We are so glad to have your child in AWANA this year.  We sincerely desire that his or her club experience will be full of fun and learning.  You can have an important part in this.  In order for your child to get the most out of the AWANA program you, as their parent can help.  Here are some practical suggestions:

Bring your child to AWANA each week and pick them up on time.  Club begins promptly at 6:15 and ends at 7:30. For their safety we ask that you come inside to pick them up.

Encourage your child to come to club prepared by bringing their Handbook and Bible.

Help your child prepare for Club each week by spending time at home reviewing Handbook material.  Bible verse memorization is a part of the AWANA program. You child will learn the value of memorizing scripture and have an easier time doing so if you spend time at home helping them.

Encourage your child as Handbook sections are passed.  Achievement is hard work.  When you sense your child is giving up remind them of the rewards that await those who persevere.

Help your child participate in our weekly themes.  Theme nights help our boys and girls look forward to coming to AWANA.  Encourage your child to participate.  Please refer to the attached AWANA calendar for find the theme for each week.  Our Facebook page also lists the theme for each week.

We invite you to join us on any Wednesday night so you can see what happens during AWANA.

Feel free to share with us your questions, concerns and ideas.  We welcome and encourage your involvement!  Please inform us if your child has any special needs.

Snacks/Treats may occasionally be given out.   Any food allergies are the responsibility of the child/family.  Also, Swan Lake church may use photos or videos taken throughout Awana for promotional purposes.  If you do not wish to have your child’s image used, please notify the Swan Lake office. 

For more information or questions regarding our Awana program, contact Judy Boerboom @ 507-828-1650  or the Swan Lake office @ 507-423-6697