Our kids have attended the AWANA program at Hillcrest Baptist Church for many years. AWANA stands for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed, derived from 2 Timothy 2:15. It is an evangelism and discipleship program for children where they focus of Bible literacy and scripture memorization. It was started in 1941 in Chicago, by Art Rorheim and meets weekly throughout the school year, incorporating fun theme nights and activities throughout the year. Some of their favorite themes nights are: Red Carpet Night, Trauma Night, Beach Night, Double Points Night and Store Night. They also love the AWANA Derby. They each are given a car to decorate and race at the event. Our kids work very hard with only minimal assistance from us. Their creativity is peaked as they compete for the Speed trophy and the Design trophy. AWANA has spread worldwide and we currently sponsor a club in Tanzania.
The AWANA program is a priority for our family. All of our children complete their handbooks each year with the help of us, as parents. We incorporate it into our homeschool work on a weekly basis. We have seen fruit through our children as they memorize the Word and know the gospel. It has furthered their love of reading the Bible and they get to hang out with other kids each week studying God's word. And, THEY LOVE IT!!
Eli and Jace have been buddies for years. They started in AWANA Cubbies, at the ages of 3 and 4. They have continued through the program and this was Jace's final year. He earned his Timothy award, the highest honor of the elementary clubs. Congrats, Jace!!
Jace and Eli during their first AWANA awards ceremony.