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Five Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Finish Their Awana Handbooks

Encourage your child to finish his handbook this year

For most kids, April and May are the final months to finish their Awana handbooks.

Is your child in need of a boost of encouragement? If so, here are a few ideas to motivate your child to complete this year’s handbook:

1. Set goals with them

Is your child in Sparks or T&T? Our Bookwalks for Sparks and Bookwalks for T&T are free resources that help you determine how many sections of your child’s handbook need to be completed per week through the end of the club year for her to finish her book.

Or ask your child’s Awana leader to assist you to figure out how many book sections your child needs to complete over the final weeks of the club year to reach this goal.

2. Work with them

Practice new Bible verses with your child each week. For instance, spend five or 10 minutes a night before bedtime going over verses. If you’re morning people, work on verses during breakfast or in the car. Try these Bible memorization tips.

And consider committing to learn the verses yourself. Make it a weekly competition between the two of you if your child is at an appropriate age. Who can finish more sections each week?

3. Reward them

Awana rewards handbook achievers with end-of-year awards. Many churches’ Awana ministries further reward kids with candy, prizes, Awana bucks or other external benefits.

But if you think your child needs an additional incentive, what would motivate him even further? Extra allowance? A gift? A special meal? A night out with Dad or Mom? This also communicates to your child that his Bible learning is important to you and to his spiritual growth.

4. Praise them

As they finish a section and move closer to completing their handbook, load on the encouragement. This will fuel most kids’ fire to press ahead. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

5. Prioritize their involvement

Learning God’s Word is essential to developing a strong walk with Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16 says Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Treat your child’s Awana “homework” the same as you treat her schoolwork. Our kids will pick up on this and take their handbooks more seriously.

How do you motivate your kids to finish their Awana handbooks?

 

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Make 2012-13 Your Child’s Best Awana Year Ever

Awana helps kids and youth build a lifelong faith in Christ

Fall kicks off a variety of family activities. One constant on many family calendars is Awana. From preschool to high school, children and youth meet in local churches around the world. In Awana they learn God’s Word, participate in exciting games and make new friends.

Awana runs in most churches during the school year calendar, but the important values Awana imparts last all year and beyond. Here are just a few:

Value #1: Hiding God’s Word in Young Hearts
Learning Bible truth is an important part of Awana. By the time a child has graduated from high school and finished 10 years of Awana handbooks, he will have memorized 760 Bible verses! Such memory work requires discipline and effort.

But memorizing pays off. Kids develop a biblical foundation for their faith in Christ that sustains them far into adulthood. Children who learn to memorize verses have an easier time memorizing at school. Multiplication tables and state capitals are easier to learn when a child’s brain has been accustomed to memorization. And the very habit of working through a handbook builds the discipline to tackle other projects and see them through.

Value #2: Teamwork
Awana provides a sense of belonging for children. The uniforms worn each week help kids feel part of the group. Each child is a member of a team that competes weekly during Game Time. They learn to encourage each other and work together as a team to win games and to win fun weekly competitions between the ministry’s red, blue, green and yellow teams. As a result, your child learns to be a team player and interact better with others.

Value #3: Confidence
Memorizing verses is hard work. Ask any kid in Awana. But also ask those who have finished a handbook to show you their award, and you’ll see a proud smile. Reaching goals and earning awards teach children they can achieve whatever they set their mind to do. They’ll receive ribbons, plaques and trophies, signifying the importance of their accomplishment.

Value #4: The Bible: a Guide for Everyday Life
In the culture around us, we clearly see a lack of direction in many kids when it comes to spiritual matters. Awana trains children to use the Bible to develop a biblical perspective, morals and strong character.

Kids are taught biblical principles such as helping others, obeying authority and choosing friends wisely. They learn about God and how much He has blessed them because of His great love. As a child grows older and begins to encounter difficult moral dilemmas, he has a compass to guide him in making good decisions.

5. Value #5: Fun!
One of kids’ favorite parts of Awana is fun! Your kids may come home wanting to decorate socks with buttons and paint for Silly Socks Night. They’ll don clothes they wouldn’t dream of wearing in public to win a prize for Tacky Night. Or they may laugh in the car on the way home over the leader who got soaked from water balloons during Game Time.

Awana is good for kids
When your daughter asks you to take her back to Awana next week, you don’t have to hesitate. Sending your kids to Awana is good for them, and they’ll have fun at the same time.

If you’d like to learn more about Awana or see any of our programs in action, take this interactive tour.

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Spiritual Lessons in the School Supply Aisle

Get your kids ready for a new school year!

Buying school supplies marks the end of summer and the start of a new school year. Have you ever thought of the supplies on your child’s list as spiritual teaching objects for the upcoming academic year?

Pencil

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

  •  Pencil in church and Awana on your family’s weekly calendar. Use the Awana locator to find an Awana ministry in your area. Programs for kids and youth ages 2 to 18 are offered in churches in all 50 states and many international countries.

Highlighter

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

  •  Encourage your child to shine God’s love to others in the hallways, during recess, in the classroom and at lunch.
  •  Teach your children how to share their faith. Download the free Awana Gospel App to your smartphone or tablet device.
  •  Reach out to non-churched families in your neighborhood and school. Invite them to Awana or a church service.

Notebook paper

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1Thessalonians 5:11)

Your kids take a lot of notes during the school year. Surprise them with some notes from you!

  •  Encourage your son or daughter with a few of these 44 phrases.
  •  Tuck a note in your child’s lunch box or put one on his pillow before bedtime.
  • Write an encouraging Bible verse on a piece of paper for your child to read at breakfast or on the bus.

Glue

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

  •  Prayer is like glue. It helps you stick to Christ in good times and bad.

Binder

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

Bind your family together over meals and family nights:

  •  Family nights encourage spiritual growth in each family member and build lifelong memories.

Stapler

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

The school supply that holds it all together is a stapler. Jesus Christ is like a stapler that can hold your family together even as you face problems and challenges during the school year. Keep Him at the head of your household!

May God bless your 2012-2013 school year and supply all your needs!

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4 Ways to Building a Parent-Church Partnership

How you and your church can help your child grow spiritually this school year

Build a spiritual foundation in your child's life through Awana

Have you ever visited a construction site and watched workers lay a foundation? It’s the most critical step in building a house. The concrete provides a secure and stable foundation for the home to be built above.

Did you know that as a parent, you, too, are a builder? You are laying a spiritual foundation in your kids’ lives that will last forever.

Here’s the great news: your church is ready to partner with you in the spiritual development of your children. You don’t have to build alone!

If you’re ready to strengthen your kids’ faith foundation, here are a few ideas that will help:

1. Connect with a church

This one seems obvious, but it’s a great place to start in building a biblical foundation.

  • Attend and participate in a local, Bible-believing church.
  • Make church a nonnegotiable priority in your family’s weekly schedule.
  • Talk about what each family member is learning at church.
  • Encourage Christian friendships—both in your kids’ lives and your own.
  • Get to know your pastor and learn about the ministries your church offers.

2. Get your kids to Awana

What is Awana?

If you want to learn more about the Awana ministry, discover what Awana is about. Awana helps churches and parents partner together to raise spiritually strong children and youth with a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. Weekly programs for ages 2 to 18 are tailored to each age group.

How can I find Awana?

If you’re looking for Awana in your area, visit the Awana locator. After you enter your ZIP code or city, you’ll receive a list of churches near you that offer Awana.

How can I help my child get the most out of Awana?

One of the chief goals of Awana curriculum is to give children a biblical foundation for faith in Christ. Awana offers tools to equip your kids to learn God’s Word, though the best resource is a consistent routine where your child and you work on Awana lessons together.

To help your child memorize Bible verses, you can get a handbook music CD. These CDs put verses to song so your child can learn verses more easily through catchy tunes. We also offer parent handbooks that allow you to study the same lessons your kids are learning in Awana. These books give you insights and ideas for teaching these Bible truths to your children.

3. Disciple your kids at home using Awana at Home

Churches nationwide equip parents with vision and ministry skills to lead their children spiritually through Awana at Home®. Our family ministry provides tools and encouragement for parents to step confidently into their God-given role. (See Deuteronomy 6.) At-home versions of Game Time, Handbook Time and Bible (Large Group) Time present exciting ways for parents to instill spiritual truths in their kids.

4. Serve together

Teaching your kids to serve others is another faith builder that can be especially powerful when done as a family. Serving together in your church allows your child to use his spiritual gifts to serve God both now and in the future.

Here are some service ideas in your church and community:

  • Visit a nursing home and encourage the elderly.
  • Serve as greeters during weekend church services.
  • If you’re a musical family, offer to sing or play instruments for a church service.
  • Serve during special holiday outreaches or projects at your church.
  • If your children are older, invite them to serve as Leaders-in-Training (LITs) in your church’s younger-age Awana programs.
  • Stock a food pantry in your community. If possible, help distribute meals as a family.
  • Adopt a needy child or family through your community or church outreach ministry. Provide for any physical needs they have as best you can. Pray for their salvation and spiritual growth throughout the year.

 

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How to Get the Most out of Awana

 

Awana in 2010-2011

 

Seven ways to prepare kids for a memorable year of learning and growth

This fall, more than 25,000 churches worldwide welcome nearly 1.5 million children and youth to a new Awana ministry year.

Is your child one of those million-plus kids?

If your answer is yes, you’re making a crucial investment in his long-term spiritual maturity. A survey of alumni who participated in Awana for six or more years showed they were more active as adults in all areas of their faith than the rest of their generation – even more active than the nation’s most committed churchgoers.

All parents want to see their kids own a lasting faith in Christ. So, how can your children get the most out of their Awana experience? Just like a new school year, it requires preparation and a plan.

Here are seven steps you can take to gear up your son or daughter for a memorable year of learning and growth in Awana.

1. Learn about Awana

New to Awana? Take time to discover what Awana is about. We help churches and parents work together to raise spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. We offer weekly programs for ages 2 to 18 that are tailored to each age group and grow kids spiritually right where they are.

How old are your kids?

  • If your child is 2 or 3, learn about our Puggles program.
  • If she’s 4 or 5, check out Cubbies for preschoolers.
  • If she’s in early elementary school, look into our Sparks club.
  • If she’s between third and sixth grade, she would attend T&T.
  • Our Trek program is for middle-school youth.
  • Our Journey program is for high-school students.

2. Locate Awana at a church near you

If you’re ready to enroll your child in Awana but don’t know where to find a local Awana ministry, check out our Awana locator. After you enter your ZIP code, you’ll receive a list of churches closest to you that offer Awana. The locator even lists which age-specific weekly programs each church runs. (Churches can choose to operate all of our weekly programs or just specific ones based on their needs.)

The locator includes each church’s address, phone number and website, if applicable, so you can contact churches for more information.

3. Help your child get the most out of Awana

One of the chief goals of Awana curriculum is to give children a biblical foundation for faith in Christ. We offer tools to equip your kids to learn as much as possible from God’s Word, though the best resource is a consistent routine where your child and you work on Awana lessons together (or individually if your child is older).

To help your child memorize Bible verses, you can get a handbook music CD. These CDs put verses to song so your child can learn verses more easily through catchy tunes. We also offer parent handbooks that allow you to study the same lessons your kids are learning in Awana. These books give you insights and ideas for teaching these Bible truths to your children.

4. Get to know your child’s Awana leaders

The local-church Awana volunteers who work with your kids each week play a critical role in your children’s spiritual development. They serve in Awana to support your own efforts as your kids’ primary spiritual leader.

Awana leaders make a significant commitment of time and energy to your children’s spiritual growth. Take time to get to know them. Encourage them, support their efforts and share with them key details about your children that will help them work more effectively with your kids. This relationship will prove to be mutually beneficial.

5. Pray for your child’s participation in Awana

Your children won’t get anything out of Awana unless God is part of the process. Your consistent prayer is vital to inviting God’s work in their Awana involvement.

Here are some ways you can pray:

  • For open hearts and minds to the teaching of God’s Word
  • For motivation to learn Bible verses, study Scripture, complete curriculum and participate enthusiastically in weekly gatherings
  • For Awana leaders to positively impact your kids’ spiritual development
  • For your kids to respect their Awana leaders and build healthy relationships with them
  • For the Bible truths your kids are learning to take root in their hearts and impact their faith, character and attitudes
  • For Awana to be a fun and dynamic place that your kids are eager to attend
  • For your kids to build friendships in Awana with peers who will positively influence them
  • For you and your spouse to work with your kids on their Awana curriculum and help them understand the truths they’re learning

6. Invite other kids to Awana

Awana is designed to be an easy outreach opportunity for your kids. Awana is built to be fun so that children and youth can confidently invite non-churched friends from school and their neighborhood to come with them.

Make this the year your kids bring a carload of peers to Awana with them – or at least one friend. Here’s a practical way to get started:

Search: Identify friends that don’t know Jesus.
Ask: Ask God for them to be able to come to Awana.
Link: Be a link to Jesus – invite friends.
Transport: Give them a lift to Awana!

7. Start family nights

Awana is only one tool in a child’s spiritual development. It isn’t meant to meet all of your child’s spiritual needs. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is clear that parents must lead their kids’ spiritual growth.

Do you need a good place to start this process? Try an Awana at Home Parent Kit. These kits make it easy for families to spend 30 to 60 minutes together learning Scripture and growing spiritually. Parent kit family nights could quickly become the best night of your week.

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