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About Awana

Join us at GraceLife on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Awana reaches kids through game activities, Bible-based teaching experiences and group times with friends. We have fun theme nights and special programs throughout the year so be sure to check out our calendar of events below! Awana is for children ages 2 though 6th grade. Give our church office a call (540-382-2160) for more information.

His Children. Your Family. Our Community.

The word Awana is derived from the Scripture verse 2 Timothy 2:15 and stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”. Beyond that, Awana is an international, non-denominational; youth focused organization that helps local churches administer the Bible-centered Awana ministry. Awana started more than 51 years ago in the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois and today operates in over 70 countries with materials available in more than 15 languages.

Awana Clubs Offered

Cubbies

AGES 3-PreK

Cubbies will be divided into several different rooms based on age and will have a night structured to be fun while also teaching the children about God at their level of understanding. Children are welcomed each week with play-time, songs, simple crafts, and activities. Cubbies have age-appropriate verses to memorize.

Boys and girls are to wear their official vest each night. 

Sparks

K-2nd Grade

Sparks will be divided into several different rooms based on their grade level and will have a night structured to be fun while also teaching the children about God at their level of understanding. Children are welcomed each week with game time, simple crafts, handbook time, and activities. Sparks have age-appropriate verses to memorize each week.

Boys and girls are to wear their uniform vest each night. Please remember to bring their bible and handbook each night. Your child should wear tennis shoes for game time. 

T&T

3rd-6th Grade

T&T will be divided into two groups, girls and boys, along with several different rooms based on their grade level. T&T will have a night structured to be fun while also teaching the children about God at their level of understanding. Boys & girls are welcomed each week with games, activities, Scripture memorization, and a Bible-based group time.

Boys and girls are to wear their official club shirt each night. Please remember to bring their bible and handbook each night. Your child should wear tennis shoes for game time. 

Volunteer Childcare

AGE 2 & Younger

If you are volunteering as one of our Awana leaders or helpers we have childcare available for your littles two and under! Please reach out to us to let us know if you need the option: [email protected]!

Please provide your child with a pre-packaged snack and label their bottle/cup.

Virtual Learning Portal

This year we will be offering a virtual Awana experience for those who may not feel comfortable or unable to join us due to COVID-19. If you would be interested in signing your child up for Virtual Awana please proceed by registering through the link above and select “Virtual” under how you would like your child to participate this year. Once the year begins you will login to the portal through the below “Parent Portal” link.

What to Expect

Drop-off begins no earlier than 6:20 pm in your child’s room. Pick-up from the same room promptly at 8:00 pm.

Weekly Dues

Each child is to bring 25¢ each night for club dues. This money is used to help cover additional costs that may arise through the year with printing, snacks, and supplies. 

Parent Availability

Parents of Cubbies are required to stay at GraceLife during club time. This is to help your child feel secure and to assure that leaders are able to reach you in a time of need. If you cannot stay on the church property during club time you will need to designate an adult who will be responsible for your child, and who is able to be on the church property at all times. Wi-fi is available in the foyer for you convenience.

Child Pick-Up

Awana leaders are instructed not to let a child be dismissed from their club until a parent, or person designated by the parent on the Awana registration form, signs them out. Please be prompt in picking up your child in order to help Awana leaders who have other responsibilities. 

Wellness Protocol

According to the National Academy of Pediatrics, a child who has exhibited any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours is likely contagious and should not be in a group situation. 

Unusual fatigue or irritability, coughing, sneezing, runny nose (thick green or yellow mucus), fever (99.7º or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, unexplained rash, skin infections (boils, ringworm, and impetigo), infected eyes, or open sores. 

Awana Leadership

Dave Widgeon: Minister of Children
Scott Young: Commander
Jayme Bolding: Senior Coordinator