2017 AWANA Club News
OPEN Registration began August 21
Open registration for all families wishing to enroll their child in AWANA begins on August 21. If you would like to Volunteer to help (which allows more children to attend AWANA), please fill in a Children’s Ministry Volunteer Form found in the church office. Questions? Talk to Pastor Nathan at 822-1379.
Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed … AWANA!
AWANA at Country Oaks is a Bible-centered ministry geared towards youth from preschool through high school.
AWANA’s goal is to reach out to children, teenagers, and their families with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. (To learn about the prayer, vision, mission and values of AWANA visit www.awana.org)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
When We Meet:
All Clubs (preschool through 12th grade) meet on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (September through April) at Country Oaks Baptist Church – 20915 Schout Road in Tehachapi, California. Check in begins at 5:45pm. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time!
- Cubbies – 3-4 year olds (with some exceptions, please see the AWANA Clubs Cubbie page)
- Sparks – Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
- T&T – 3rd through 6th Grade
- Trek – 7th-8th Grade
- Journey (High School)
For more information on our different clubs check out our AWANA Clubs page. To download all the registration forms for all the clubs, please click: Welcome/Info Letter and All Club Registration Forms and AWANA Calendar 2017
AWANA Leadership Team 2017:
- AWANA Commander (Pastor Nathan Hiner)
- Cubbies (Cathy Turney- Director) (Lori Gohr – Secretary)
- Sparks (Dave & Beverly Goodell – Directors) (Joyce Allmandinger – Secretary)
- T&T (Dave Garcia – Director) (Alison Ellms – Secretary) (De Hart – Secretary)
- Trek Director (Luke Thompson – Director) (Shelby Donnel – Secretary)
- Journey Directors (Matt & Elaine Beiswenger)
- AWANA Club Secretary (Jen Tucker)
Registration & Materials Fees:
Registration and materials fees includes preliminary club booklet and curriculum book for the club year. Uniforms, additional handbooks and replacement for lost items will have additional charges.
Cubbies, Sparks and T&T – You have two payment options when paying for each of your children’s registration and materials fees:
- Option 1 One Payment: Registration Fee ($15) + Materials Fee of ($35) = $50 per child for club year (Save $5)
- Option 2 Four Payments: Registration Fee ($15) + 1st Materials Fee ($10) = $25 at time of sign-up; followed by three individual materials fees of $10 to be paid quarterly – see AWANA Calendar. (Total amount of $55)
Uniforms: Cubbies/Sparks/T&T: $15
Additional/Replacement Books: $10 each
Grand Prix Cars $5 per kit (optional)
Payment for Trek/Journey – Registration and materials fees for TREK and Journey includes uniform t-shirt and curriculum book for the entire club year. One time payment – Registration $15 and Materials Fee $10 = $25
***COBC is committed to helping those who may need financial assistance. Please speak to Pastor Nathan and/or the Club Secretary for details***
- AWANA Service Discount: Parent participation is central for AWANA to be a successful program. It also helps build family unity and sets an example for our children of how to serve in the local church. In order to encourage parent participation, we are offering discounts for parents who serve on a weekly basis in the capacity of Director, Leader, Secretary or Listener. Qualified volunteers must fill out an application, pass a background check, and attend basic training. For one parent serving, materials fee will be waived for one of your children. For two parents serving, materials fee will be waived for two of your children. Contact Pastor Nathan if you are interested in serving.
- Multi-child Discount: If more than 3 children from the same household are enrolled in club, each additional children’s registration is $15 and materials fees are waived. Cost for uniforms, additional handbooks and/or replacement for lost items will still apply. The multi-child discount does not apply if parents are receiving the AWANA Service Discount.
- The AWANA club requires that each clubber wear a uniform to participate in the program. Upon completion of the entrance booklet, a clubber is eligible to wear the AWANA uniform. We encourage each clubber to wear the uniform as AWANA requires in order to receive an earned award (unless a special theme is being held that night). Throughout the year, there will be occasional announced and unannounced uniform inspections. We will be checking that your child’s uniform is worn in a clean and orderly fashion, that he or she is in pants or shorts (no skirts) and that athletic shoes are worn (no boots or sandals). See AWANA Clubs page for more information on uniform costs.
Though club night is very exciting for the kids, and often the highlight of their week, we recognize that most of the spiritual instruction is going to happen as parents help their kids memorize the verses at home and explain the meaning of each verse. Our “AWANA at Home” program helps parents learn how to bring the three key elements of AWANA into your home: Scripture memory, Bible teaching, and game time.
Club Night Format:
Download the AWANA Calendar (link at top of page) – The AWANA Calendar shows the nights we meet, the nights when there is no club meeting and the Club Night Themes.
An AWANA meeting consists of five (5) main parts. (Please note that each of these elements has different names in each of the different Clubs.)
- Opening Time: All Clubs begin on the Game Square at 6:00 pm with Opening Ceremonies. Opening Ceremonies includes: flag salute, prayer, songs and announcements.
- Handbook Time: During handbook time, clubbers recite the memory verses that they have been practicing at home. It is important that your child understand the verse as well as be able to recite it. Your child is required to recite the verse AND the reference. When the leader is satisfied that the clubber has covered the handbook material adequately, they will sign the handbook for awards.
- Game Time: Game time offers clubbers the opportunity to participate as team members in physical and mental activities. This helps develop team spirit, good sportsmanship, coordination skills and self confidence. Although games are competitive in nature and winning is desirable, leaders are encouraged to give top priority to building and preserving each clubbers’ self esteem. To maintain the safety of our clubbers, children not wearing appropriate clothing and athletic shoes will not be allowed to participate in games.
- Large Group Time: During Large Group time your clubbers will receive a Bible lesson or take part in an activity that enforces the theme and/or message of the night. The motivation for Large Group time is to create a safe atmosphere where clubbers can be motivated to “make decisions for Christ or strengthen their spiritual walk.”
- Closing Time: Final announcements and recognition of Clubbers’ achievements.
Clubber of the Month:
Each month, leaders from each of our clubs nominate the Clubber of the Month from their club. Clubbers are selected based on completion of handbook sections, attitude, display of good sportsmanship & teamwork on the game square as well as the fruits of the Spirit.
*More Info on AWANA
AWANA is an international, Bible – centered children’s and youth ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs, and training for students in pre-school through high school. Their goal is to equip churches to reach kids, and their families, with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. The acronym AWANA comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.
AWANA began in 1950 as a youth program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lance Latham, the church pastor, worked with Art Rorheim to develop a program that would appeal to young people, reach them with the gospel and train them in the Lord’s work. Other churches heard about the success of the AWANA program and asked if they could use it. By 1960, AWANA had registered 900 churches to start AWANA.
Today, more than 12,000 U.S. churches run AWANA. There are clubs in all 50 states. AWANA can also be found in over 3,300 churches in 109 other countries and 6 continents. To view the AWANA International Doctrinal Statement visit www.awana.org