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Awana

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Information
Awana is a dynamic ministry that begins after Labor Day and ends in May. The name Awana is an acronym for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed,” which is taken from 2 Tim. 2:15, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."

The purpose of Awana is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. Each club night consists of three half hour segments including teaching time (large group lesson), book time (where children recite Bible verses they have worked on at home), and game time (fun games played). Children are divided into club groups (Cubbies, Sparks, Truth & Training) based on year in school/age.

COVID-19 Related Protocols and Changes for 2020
We have protocols for children’s ministries at BCC and the following is how Awana will be applying those protocols.


Cubbies will not be meeting at the church to start the year for Awana. Cubbies parents will have the option to work through the Cubbies book remotely with their child.  This could be subject to change if things start to return to normal as the year goes on.  At this time we are also planning on having pre-recorded online lessons available for the Cubbies to watch.

Mask wearing:
Sparks and T&T clubbers and leaders will wear masks during table time and while transitioning from table time to lesson time.
Sparks and T&T clubbers and leaders may optionally wear masks while socially distanced during lesson & music time.
Parents will wear masks when dropping off and picking up their children while inside the church building.

Social Distancing:
During lesson & music time, the children will be seated such that they remain 6 ft apart from each other. 
Family members will be allowed to sit together as needed.

Cleaning:
Volunteers will clean surfaces, supplies, and toys after use.

Hand Sanitizing:
Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the church building
Kids will receive hand sanitizer at the beginning and end of the Awana program for the night.
Please use hand sanitizer before checking your child in at the checkin station.

Food/Drink:
Food will not be provided and should not be brought to Awana.
Water fountains will not be used.
Water can be provided in a disposable cup by a hand sanitized and masked leader when needed.

Restrictions:
Pick-up / Drop-off – 1 household representative allowed per entry
Kids who are dismissed are not to re-enter other classes

3 Principles for Leaders & Children:
Participants who have been in a hotspot should not come for 14 days or until personally tested negative.
If feeling sick or any symptoms including a high temperature at home please stay home
If in contact with COVID-19 positive person, please do not attend for 14 days or until personally tested negative

Schedule:

5:50 - 6:00:  Drop off at the Children’s Ministry area.  Take a left after entering at the main entrance.

6:00 - 6:30:  Table time for Sparks and T&T’s.  We will be using many available rooms in the children’s ministry area to spread out as much as possible.  Masks will be worn at this time.

6:30 - 7:00:  Sparks and T&T’s will meet together for a combined lesson & music time in either the worship center or the multi-purpose room.  6 ft. social distancing protocols will be adhered to.  Mask wearing is optional at this time.  We may be streaming or “zooming” this as well for those who choose to stay home.  More to come on that.

7:00: Pickup time for those clubbers who do not want to stay for the optional game time.  Pick up at the worship center or MPR.  We will communicate which room will be used on or before that night’s Awana.

7:00 - 7:30:  Optional outdoor (socially distanced) game time weather permitting.  In the event of poor weather and some clubbers need to stick around for another half hour, we may set up a socially distanced movie indoors.

7:30:  Pickup time for those clubbers who participated in game time.  Pickup will be in the parking lot.

Location

The Awana program will be held at the Bethany Community Church building on Dutch Lane in Washington, IL from 6:00-7:00pm with an optional outdoor (socially distanced) game time from 7 to 7:30 weather permitting. The first night will be an Open House on September 2 to pick up their Awana books before the first regular club night on September 9. 

To start this year Cubbies will not meet at the church but a remote option is available for those parents who want to work through the Cubbies book with their child.  Cubbies parents will still need to come on the Open House night to pick up the book and vest.  At this time we are also planning on having pre-recorded online lessons available for the Cubbies to watch.

There will also be an option for Sparks and T&T parents to work through their child’s book with them remotely if that is preferred. Again, the book will need to be picked up in person at the Awana open house. We may also zoom or livestream the combined T&T / Sparks Lesson & Music time.

Description of Clubs

Cubbies – 3 (by 9/1) & 4 Year olds: Cubbies celebrates the spiritual potential of preschoolers by helping them develop respect for God, His Son and His Word. Preschoolers can hardly wait for their next Cubbies club meeting. Whether it's the fun puppets, the exciting games or all their Cubbies friends, they simply love it. At Story Time each week, preschoolers learn about God – the greatness of His love and His Word – and about His Son, Jesus Christ, the promised Savior. Non-competitive games build excitement and reinforce Story Time lesson themes. Cubbies helps you lead your child to God early so your child will respect and trust Him for life.

Sparks – 5's/K – 2nd Grade: Sparks ignites the curiosity of early elementary-age kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. To many children in kindergarten to second grade, Sparks is the highlight of the week! They love their red vests, the exciting games and spending time with leaders and friends. Sparks is divided into three years, each with a unique rank: HangGlider, WingRunner, and SkyStormer.
Each year, Sparks clubbers:
• explore the biographies of people of the Bible from a new portion of Scripture
• memorize Bible verses
• complete handbook activities

Truth & Training – 3rd grade – 6th grade: T&T engages third through sixth graders by answering their questions about God and the Bible, guiding them through this pivotal life stage to grow in Christ's grace. Handbooks and large group lessons deepen a child's knowledge about God and His Word and teach how to put that knowledge into action in everyday life. T&T is different from other Awana programs. It is comprised of two clubs with distinct curriculum, uniforms and awards:
•T&T Ultimate Adventure for third and fourth grades
•T&T Ultimate Challenge for fifth and sixth grades
The two clubs are designed to help kids stay plugged into T&T as they move into the preteen years and continue growing in their relationship with Christ.

Registration

Please read all of the following information before registering as changes to the program have been made. Please register by using the link on the top right. 

-Registation Fees:  Fees for the Awana clubs are $30 pre child for the first three kids. Each child after that is $10. You registration fees covers your dues, Start Zone booklet, and the Awana book. Additional books may be an additional fee. If there is a financial need, scholarships are available as needed. You are able to pay for Awana in installments if that is helpful for your family. Contact Nate Ennis for more information.

-Email Lists:   All important Awana info will be passed onto you via the Awana email list on the Bethany Community website. To create a church profile and then add yourself to the Awana list, simply click on " myBethany" on the site homepage. Help can be provided, if you have trouble. If you cannot create a profile, the office can add you manually. Our Awana email list is the most consistent way to get Awana information. We will also be populating the BCC Facebook apge with Awana information periodically. 

-Shirts, Vests, & Bags: Orders for shirts (T&T), vests (Sparks and Cubbies), and bags can be ordered at the same time you register. Material ordered on the web will be passed out on the second week of Awana club. Your clubber earns points and awards for having on their uniform. Vests for Sparks and Cubbies are one size. T&T shirts come in multiple sizes. Order larger sizes so shirts last for more than 1 year. There will be additional opportunities for you to purchase this material.

-Donation Jar: Throughout the year, there will be a donation jar when your child comes into their Awana room. The money collected through the year will be used to support a local missionary or missionary project.

-Bible Version. You will choose a Bible version for your child’s verse memorization. The options are - ESV, NIV or KJV. Bethany Community uses the ESV version, if you are unsure of a version to choose, your child will receive an ESV version.

- Remote Awana: This year you have the option to work with your child on his/her Awana book remotely.  Let us know if you would prefer this option vs. having your child at the church building for Awana.  We ask that Cubbies parents select the “remote” option as there will be no Cubbies club held at the church.

Awana Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of this ministry. Our Awana club is growing! Please consider how you can be a part of this ministry to children. There are several different roles that are available and most do not require teaching or preparation time. The focus for our volunteers is to build a relationship with the children and their parents. Sign up to be a leader or helper here.

Volunteer responsibilities:
Cubbie Roles (3yr old and 4yr old classes):
1. Room Leader - Keeps room on schedule, leads pledges and verses.
2. Room Helper - Sits with same group of 4-5 children all year, builds a relationship with them, helps them with handbook, and other activities. This is not a teaching role. There is no prep work involved. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the little ones in our church!

Sparks (5's/K-2nd) Roles:
1. Table Leader - Welcome kids by name, ask for prayer requests/pray with children, listen to memorized verses (clubbers are allowed 2 ‘helps’ per verse), encourage clubbers to practice their verses when they are waiting to recite them, encourage clubbers to help each other, encourage clubbers to be respectful of those who are concentrating/reciting, look for opportunities to build relationships with your clubbers during Awana and outside too, participate in game time, and have FUN!

Truth & Training (3rd-6th) Roles:
1. Table Leader - Welcome kids by name, ask for prayer requests/pray with children, listen to memorized verses (clubbers are allowed 2 ‘helps’ per verse), encourage clubbers to practice their verses when they are waiting to recite them, encourage clubbers to help each other, encourage clubbers to be respectful of those who are concentrating/reciting, look for opportunities to build relationships with your clubbers during Awana and outside too, participate in game time, and have FUN!

Directors of the Clubs

Awana Commander: Nate Ennis
Cubbies Director: Megan Steffen
Cubbies Director: Michelle Smith
Sparks Director: Andrea Ennis
T&T Boys and Girls Director: Nate Ennis and Ben Davidson
Pastoral Representative: Ben Davidson

Contact

Nate Ennis
Role: Awana Commander
Email: nateennis22@gmail.com

Ben Davidson
Phone: 309-508-1755
Role: Associate Pastor
Email: ben@bethanycommunitychurch.org


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