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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