Information for Parents
Heritage Christian Church
Awana is a global, non-denominational ministry founded almost 70 years ago by two pastors who wanted to reach children with the good news of Jesus Christ. Awana has grown from its beginnings in a church basement in Chicago into a ministry that reaches almost four million children and youth around the world each week. Awana stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed",
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not
need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.
Awana reaches kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him. Kids represent the greatest opportunity to make a long-term impact on our world for Christ. Awana reaches kids and families where they're at and walks alongside them in their faith journey. We look forward to partnering with you as you help your child discover God's purpose for their life and hope for the future.
Modern-Day Joseph Jacob's son Joseph, whose life story is told beginning in Genesis 37, is an ideal target for how we want kids and youth to grow spiritually and morally. Awana curriculum materials are designed to help parents and churches guide children to become "modern-day Josephs", and are based on the following master life threads:
Awana has two books available with more information about raising a Modern-Day Joseph; see the club secretary for ordering information.
GO beyond as you invest in the lives of children around the world. For every $10 donation, a child is reached with the gospel and long-term discipleship is provided by loving leaders in an Awana ministry. GO donations are accepted all year!
Awana Leadership Our Awana leaders and student leaders (high-school students) have committed their time, talent and enthusiasm to helping you nurture your child's spiritual development in a fun, age-appropriate way. We always welcome new volunteers. Training is provided, and there is little time commitment outside of the weekly club meeting for most volunteers. You do not have to be a member or regular attender of Heritage Christian Church to serve as an Awana leader.
To be an Awana leader, you need to:
- have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
- be growing in your relationship with Christ and walking with the Lord.
- demonstrate an attitude that is attractive to kids.
- complete the HCC children's ministry application and background check forms.
- complete the Awana leader interviews and training.
- commit to serve weekly (with the understanding that illness, work or travel may cause you to miss from time to time).
Student Leaders Awana Student Leaders are a dedicated group of high school students who love God and love kids, and serve alongside the adult Awana leaders in Cubbies and Sparks clubs. Student Leaders are selected through an application and interview process and should have their parents' support in order to serve. If you are interested in the Student Leader program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for the Awana leaders that they would be faithful and effective in leading children to Christ and training them to serve Him.
Parent Involvement The goal of Awana is to equip parents to guide their family's spiritual development. We strongly encourage you to work with your child in their handbook! Help kids memorize the verses - talk about what the verse means and how they can use it in their life. Read Bible passages and answer questions as a family. Use your children's handbooks for family devotions, or have a Scripture memory contest. The handbooks have tools and practical suggestions to help you learn and study together. A few minutes a day yields eternal rewards!
Parent Partners We also want you know what your kids are learning and doing at Awana. In Deuteronomy 11:18-21, God instructs parents to
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
The Parent Partner program helps and encourages parents as they seek to follow these instructions. If you aren’t serving as an volunteer, you’ll be invited and scheduled to participate with your child(ren) once every four to six weeks as a Parent Partner. This helps give clubbers extra one-on-one adult attention, allows you to meet your children’s friends and leaders and gives you the opportunity to see what your children are learning so you can reinforce these truths at home. Please be faithful to attend when you are scheduled as a Parent Partner – the clubbers and leaders are excited and encouraged when you are there!
As a Parent Partner:
- Wear comfortable clothing with athletic shoes
- Bring your Bible and a jacket or coat appropriate for being outdoors in cool weather.
- Check-in at the check-in desk, print a name tag and pick up an instruction card and copy of the nightly schedule.
- Participate in the club activities. We encourage you to dress up on special days, join in the games and interactive lesson activities, and have a good time!
- Please introduce yourself to your child(ren)'s leaders. We want to get to know you and find out how we can serve your family.
- Work with the Awana leaders to maintain safety and good discipline in the game area during game time. Please wear athletic shoes so you can play! You can also assist in getting the kids prepared for the game, making sure they understand and are following the rules. For Cubbies and Puggles, you can help supervise children on the playground.
- Sit among the children and help them listen and participate during lesson time. Feel free to answer questions, look up verses and/or play a part in a skit.
- During handbook time in Sparks and T&T, you can listen to the clubbers recite the memory verses and check to see that they have completed all the activities for that section. The director or leaders will help you know what to do, and there is information on the instruction card you will pick up at check in. You may also assist the clubbers with their memory work or have fun in the Reward Room.
- Help with any special events -your child's leader or director will explain more.
A "puggle" is a common term for a baby platypus, but in Awana, Puggles is an enriching program for 2- and younger 3-year-olds which teaches children that they are a unique creation of God, and that He loves them very much. Puggles leaders and parents use the curriculum materials to present these concepts through the four Puggles Precepts:
- God made everything (Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, Isaiah 42:5)
- God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:10)
- God is love (1 John 4:8)
- Give thanks (Psalm 105:1)
Puggles learn simple lessons through teaching cards, activities, music, play and more. Then parents can step in to reinforce the lessons with take-home cards that include ideas to point out God's work each day. Puggles wear a blue t-shirt.
Cubbies is for preschool children who are no more than two years from entering kindergarten and are toilet-trained. Cubbies' parents work directly with their children on the weekly handbook lessons as active participants in their child's spiritual development. Children learn key truths about God, Jesus, salvation and the Bible through memorizing shortened passages of Scripture as well as games and activities. All Cubbies will work together on the same handbook section each week. If your child is absent, he or she can make up the missed sections. As Cubbies clubbers progress through their handbook, they earn award patches to display on their blue uniform vest.
Sparks club is for children in K-2nd grade. The Sparks program contains memory verses of gradually increasing difficulty, teaching children more about Jesus, God and His Word. Sparks hear clear, consistent gospel messages and participate in a fun mix of competitive and non-competitive games on the Awana game circle.
One of the exciting features of the Sparks program is a chronological "journey" through the Bible that kids experience during the large group lesson time and also in their handbook work. Sparks learn about important people, places and events in the Bible, how the Bible fits together, and how they can apply its truths to their lives.
All children begin the program by completing the Flight 3:16 booklet, after which they may purchase their red Sparks vest and first handbook. The material is self-paced; we recommend that each child have the goal of completing 2-3 sections per week. Parents provide the help and encouragement Sparks clubbers need to not only memorize their verses, but understand their meaning as well. Please help us know what your child worked on at home by initialing each section he or she is prepared to recite. Sparks wear a red vest to display their handbook awards.
Truth & Training (T&T) Club
Truth and Training Club is just what the name implies: teaching boys and girls the truth of God's Word and training them to follow God - serving Him and living lives of grace. T&T Club is divided into two age groups:
- Ultimate Adventure Club is for third and fourth graders
- Ultimate Challenge Club is for fifth graders and is optional for sixth grade
Each T&T handbook is structured around four central themes which are supported with memory verses, short Bible studies and other activities. Children learn that following Christ is life's ultimate adventure, and begin that journey by completing their "Start Zone" entrance booklet. They are then eligible to purchase their uniform shirt - T&T Ultimate Adventure (third and fourth grade) clubbers wear a green and white jersey, and T&T Ultimate Challenge clubbers wear a blue and white jersey. Both are customizable - clubbers can decide where to place their award badges.
3rd-4th grade Ultimate Adventure clubbers work together on the same Bible study and memory verse each week, while Ultimate Challenge materials are self-paced. We encourage 5th and 6th grade clubbers to complete at least three sections every club meeting so they can finish their handbook during the club year. In addition to uniform awards and other incentives, T&T Clubbers can earn special rewards for making good progress in their handbooks:
- T&T Half-Way Day is a special event for T&T clubbers who have completed the equivalent of half of a handbook by mid-December.
- T&T Destination Unknown is a special event for all T&T clubbers who have finished a handbook anytime during the club year. It is held on a Saturday in May, and as the name implies, clubbers don't know where we're going until the "Destination" is revealed. See the club calendar for specific dates.
Parents can help their clubber by making sure they attend regularly, practice memory verses and complete Bible studies and other activities at home and understand the Biblical concepts they are learning. Parents should initial the sections their child has prepared at home and is ready to recite to their leader.
The Club Meeting The HCC Awana Club meets from 6:00 until 7:45pm on most Wednesday evenings during the school year, following the Fayette County school calendar. The club meeting begins promptly at 6:00pm. For ages K - 6th grade, the evening is divided into three 30 minute periods. Sparks and T&T clubbers will rotate through the following activities:
Game Time: high energy, exciting games played on the outdoor Awana game circle or indoors during cold or wet weather.
Handbook Time: Clubbers work in small groups or one-on-one with a leader or parent partner to review handbook activities and recite the memory verses they have learned at home.
Lesson Time: An interactive, age-appropriate Bible lesson, worship and/or prayer time and an awards presentation.
Cubbies will enjoy the same three activities in a more self-contained format, while...
Puggles will have their lesson, song time, snack and playtime in the Puggles room.
What to wear to club
- Your Awana uniform shirt or vest
- comfortable pants or shorts
- ATHLETIC SHOES WITH TIES OR VELCRO.
Awards will only be presented to clubbers in uniform. Clubbers must also be in uniform to carry the flag during the flag ceremony or to be selected for other special jobs or activities. Please note that athletic shoes with ties or Velcro are REQUIRED for your child to be allowed to participate in Game Time. We do not allow children to play games while wearing boots, Crocs, sandals, flip-flops or Toms. We also strongly recommend athletic shoes for preschoolers. This is for your children's safety and comfort. If you bring a friend, please tell them to wear athletic shoes. We don't want anyone to get hurt!
What to bring to club
- Your Awana handbook
- Your Bible
- A jacket for outdoor games in cool weather
- A friend!
Please write your child's name in their uniform, Bible, book bag and/or jacket.
Check-in and dismissal Please arrive for check-in between 5:45 and 5:55pm and take note of the information board in the cafe area. All children must be checked in through the computers in the children's ministry lobby and receive a name tag. Parents will receive a security tag which you must have to pick up your children. If you are participating as a Parent Partner that night, check in with your children and print a name tag. Then escort your child(ren) to their opening ceremony room - location information is available at the check-in counter.
All clubbers should be picked up from their classrooms between 7:45-7:50pm (room location information is available at the check-in counter). You must show the security tag you received at check-in when picking up your child(ren) - we cannot dismiss clubbers to meet parent(s) in the parking lot, cafe, etc. If a friend or family member will be picking up your child(ren), please give them your security tag. Thank you for your understanding, and for following these procedures to ensure your children's safety.
When dropping off or picking up, please do not park or leave your car unattended in the drop off lane. This is a requirement of the Fayette County Fire Department and we appreciate your cooperation.
Visitors: We always welcome visitors! When bringing a friend, please ask them to wear athletic shoes for game time. Be sure to help your friend check in and introduce them to your leader. Each visitor will receive an entrance booklet with an age-appropriate presentation of the gospel. We encourage you to talk with your friend about the booklet then bring them back to Awana! Parents are also welcome and encouraged to visit their child's club any time.
Finances: Awana registration is $20 per child or a maximum of $50 per family for the club year. Each child must also purchase a uniform and handbook (card kit for Puggles). Other optional supplies are available as well; see your club secretary for information. Please don't let finances prevent your child(ren) from participating in Awana. Payment plans and partial scholarships are available; check the box on the registration form or speak with the Children's Minister or Awana Servant-Leader.
aBay: Sparks and T&T clubbers earn Awana "bucks" as an incentive for completing handbook activities. On
selected club nights, they can spend the bucks they've earned by ordering items such as a snack pack, grab bag, candy or Bible from "aBay". aBay orders can be picked up at the counter from 7:45-7:55pm at least one week after the order was placed.
Awards: Cubbies, Sparks and T&T clubbers have the opportunity to earn awards throughout the year. Most awards are earned by completing sections in the handbook, but others are given for attendance. Clubbers receive their awards the week after they are earned. The handbook will explain the awards for that particular club and how they should be worn. Clubbers may also earn items such as Awana “bucks”, team points or prize tickets as a reward and incentive.
Cubbies will receive handbook completion awards during the last meeting of the club year. Sparks and T&T clubbers receive handbook completion awards the week after they are earned. In all cases, completing an Awana handbook is a major accomplishment, and we invite parents, family and friends to celebrate with us! Parents will be notified by
e-mail or phone when your child will receive their handbook completion award.
Awana Discipline System
5-Count. An attention-getting system used to quiet or bring order to an entire group. The person in charge initiates the 5-count by holding up one hand and slowly and loudly counting to 5. At the count of 5, all clubbers and leaders should be quiet and paying attention.
3-Count. A warning system used for children who are not following club behavior standards. If a clubber receives three warnings for improper behavior in one club meeting, the clubber's parents will be asked to pick him or her up. He or she may return to club the following week by agreeing to abide by club rules.
HCC Awana Rules:
HCC Awana Club Standards
- Be on time.
- Wear your uniform and athletic shoes.
- Bring your Bible and handbook.
- Obey your leaders at all times.
- Use words that are kind and encouraging.
- Show respect for the church property.
- Don't push or roughhouse. Running is allowed only during game time.
- Show good sportsmanship.
- Work on your handbook at home; come to club ready to recite.
- Set a good example (2 Timothy 4:12)
- Make sure your child(ren) arrive on time with their uniform, athletic shoes, handbook, Bible and jacket if needed.
- Make Awana a priority in your plans. Clubbers who receive help at home and have consistent attendance get the most benefit from Awana.
- Be committed to working with your child(ren) in their handbooks.
- Provide help as need. Memorize their verses with them. Encourage them and congratulate them on their accomplishments.
- Be faithful in keeping your leadership position or parent partner commitment.
- Pray for our church, Awana club, leaders and clubbers.