Summit Awana Parent Guidebook 2012-2013
A Note To You
Thank you for allowing us to serve your children in Awana. We trust that your clubber will have a great time and will want to keep coming regularly all year!
Awana Starts at Home! Awana is a tool that can be used to assist in raising your child in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
The Bible says:
Realizing that today’s children are confronted with more difficult decisions than ever before, Awana’s Bible based program seeks to establish a firm Biblical worldview, which will provide direction in their daily lives. Each clubber is very special to us and to God.
Awana presents an opportunity for your child to establish and grow in their relationship with God and to build self-esteem and good relationships with others. You can really help your child in these areas by encouraging completion of the sections in their handbook and by showing interest in their achievements.
If it is the goal of your family for your clubber(s) to finish the Awana handbook in one club year, they will need your consistent help to work and learn through the book.
Our desire is for Summit Awana to be as effective and successful as possible in reaching boys & girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve Him. We’re so excited to see what God will do this year through Summit Awana! We welcome your questions, comments, suggestions, thoughts and concerns.
To God Be All The Glory!
Introduction to Awana
Awana is a mid-week evening children’s program. The prayer of Awana is that every child would come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. This is our prayer for your child!
Awana is split into specific clubs based on age group. At Summit, we have several formal Awana clubs:
- Cubbies (3 & 4 year olds) -must be 3 by Sept. 30, 2010 and potty trained
- Sparks (Kindergarten – 2nd grade)
- Truth & Training/T&T (3rd - 6th grade)
- Trek (Middle School)
- Journey (High School)
Cubbies participate in the following activities during the evening:
- Opening Ceremony & Prayer
- Story & Puppets
- Handbook & Craft
For Sparks and T&T, after opening ceremony, the evening is split into three main parts:
- Game Time
- Handbook Time
- Council Time
For Trek & Journey, after opening ceremony, the evening is split into four main parts:
- Game Time
- Serving God
- Handbook Time
- Council Time
At game time clubbers play running games around the Awana circle and have fun! Clubbers will be split into four color teams and play around the Awana game circle and points will be counted to determine the winning team.
Handbook time is your child’s opportunity to recite memorized scripture from their specific Awana handbook in a small group setting with the same adult each week.
Council time includes singing and a Bible lesson in a large group setting. At the end of council time, those clubbers that earned handbook awards during the evening will be recognized and the winning team will be announced. Each member of the winning team typically receives a piece of candy. Please let your clubber’s leaders know if your child has any allergies.
The timing and organization of each club activity are subject to change as needed during the club year for our individual clubs to be effective.
The annual dues covers your clubber’s handbook (one per year) and participation in weekly club activities. Uniforms and optional items are available at additional costs and can be ordered through the club secretary. We desire that all children be able to participate in Awana and special activities. If expenses are or become a burden for your family, please talk to the commanders or secretary. Other payment options are available.
Each clubber new to their Awana club begins in a booklet introducing them to the club. The booklet is designed to be completed in two to five sittings with an Awana leader. This is a great starting point for you to begin helping your child to understand the Awana material and memorize scripture!
Scripture memory is one of the hallmarks of Awana. The Bible says, “I have hidden your word in my heard that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 110:11). Your clubber’s handbook is designed to be finished in one club year. Your clubber will need your help to complete the book in one year! The books are designed to be fun and educational. They contain Bible stories, character kids in real life situations, scripture memory selections (NIV) and activities. The book is split into sections. A section contains items to be completed in one sitting with an adult at Awana. Your child will be best prepared to complete their sections at Awana if they’ve received your help going though the section and the scripture memory prior to coming to club. Once all items in a section have been completed with an adult Awana leader, the leader will sign and date the page.
Handbooks are to be completed in order beginning with the entrance booklet and book one of each club. Clubbers continuing in the same club that didn’t complete their handbook from their previous year will continue with the same book. Clubbers completing a book prior to the last week of the club year are encouraged to complete the extra credit sections in their handbook and/or review their handbook, for which they will earn additional awards. Clubbers may begin the next book in a club year and/or complete more than one book each year if, and only if, their grade level permits moving to the next book of the club. If your clubber is completing their handbook sections at a fast pace and you have questions about what they’ll do next, please ask the director of their club or the commanders.
Wearing the Awana uniform is a privilege! Clubbers that have completed the entrance booklet for their club should wear their uniform each club night. Uniforms are where clubbers display their achievement awards and help reinforce a sense of community. Uniforms can be ordered from the secretary.
Cubbies earn patches for their vest after completing various sections (usually 2 to 4 verses). The Cubbie book is completed at the end of the year by saying one Bear Hug verse each club night. Your Cubbie will receive a Cubbie Bear pin for their 1st year book and a Blue Ribbon for the 2nd year book. For Sparks and T&T clubs, after a specified number of sections, your child will earn awards to display on the wings, crown, badge or uniform that corresponds to the book they’re working in. Your child will earn a book award when they have completed their handbook. All awards for completed handbooks are presented at the end of the year on awards night.
In Sparks and T&T clubs, Awana bucks are earned for:
- Bringing your Bible to club & handbook time - 1 buck
- *Completing a handbook section - 1 buck
- *Completing a Bible memory handbook section word perfect with no helps - 1 buck
- Completing a handbook section with a parent signature (because the section was said at home with the parent) - 1 buck
Some club nights are designated as double-buck nights. Those items above marked with an asterisk (*) are double-buck eligible.
In September & January, a calendar of theme nights for Sparks and T&T are distributed for the following months. Theme nights are a way to make each club night fun and unique. Check with the Cubbie director for a special Cubbie club calendar. The calendar also includes dates when club will not be held and breaks for Christmas and Easter. You can pick up the calendar from the secretary’s desk and find it online here.
The Awana store will be held several times during the Awana year for Sparks and T&T clubs. These nights will be included on the club calendar. Clubbers can redeem the Awana bucks they’ve earned for toys and prizes!
Important Information For Parents
Please accompany your clubber(s) into the building and obtain a nametag. Accompany your Cubbie(s) to the appropriate room and your Sparks or T&T clubber(s) to the main downstairs worship center and plan to stay with them until organized activity begins. Opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:45 for K-6th grade. Middle School & High School club begins at 6:20 upstairs in The Loft.
You are always welcome to stay during the club night. We’d especially enjoy having you volunteer to help out! If your clubber feels sick or is injured during the evening, we will contact you and let you know whether your clubber will need to be picked up early.
Please plan to arrive to pick up your clubber(s) at 8:20. You will need to pick up your clubber(s) from their club rooms - they will not be allowed to leave the club rooms on their own. Cubbies can be picked up in the appropriate room, Sparks in the downstairs worship center, and T&T clubbers upstairs in The Loft.
Check the club calendar for general information about what’s happening and special event dates. Flyers and letters will be sent home with your clubbers as reminders of up-coming events. Check out the website for information about what’s going on at club. If you have questions about Awana, contact your clubber’s leader(s), the club director, and/or the commanders. Our contact information is available online.
There are regularly scheduled dates when club meetings will not be held. This year, Christmas break will begin on December ? and regular club for clubbers will begin again on January ?. Scheduled beaks are subject to change, so please check the club calendar for updates.
Club cancellation due to weather will be posted on the website by 6 pm on the club day and we'll do our best to post notices on the church doors. If you’re wondering whether we’re having club on an evening with bad weather, just check the website before you leave home!
We hope to take photos and video at Awana on a fairly regular basis and post them on the website for everyone to share and enjoy. Please be advised that your clubber(s) may appear in these posted photos and videos. If you have any concerns about this, please notify the commanders.
All leaders and helpers are required to complete a background check through Summit Christian Church prior to serving in any children’s program.
For youth leaders under the age of 18, applicants are individually considered prior to placement with clubbers. High School age youth leaders (14+ years old) that are participating in Summit's Journey club may choose the club they prefer to serve with. We believe youth are “the church of today” and sincerely appreciate the willingness and commitment of youth leaders to serve in the ministry.
Wear your uniform and bring your handbook and Bible to club each week
- Leave all food and drinks at home – INCLUDING GUM
- Walk carefully - running is only for game time
- Be sure you are quiet quickly whenever a leader begins the five-count
- Bathroom visits should take place during appropriate parts of the evening and will be made with a partner of the same gender
- Phones in the church are only to be used by Awana adult staff, leaders & helpers
- Leave cell phones, music players and money at home
- All clubbers are expected to participate in all activities during the club evening
- Awana is meant to be fun – always wear a smile!
Discipline is meant to be a loving approach to teaching children appropriate behavior. At Awana, we use two methods of discipline – the five-count and the three-count.
The Five Count
The five-count is the primary way leaders keep order in a group. The leader in charge will count to five slowly and loudly. Leaders and helpers respond by joining the five-count while clubbers respond by being quiet and still by the count of five. This is used in any club activity when a leader needs to get a group’s attention.
There are occasions when an individual child is misbehaving. At those times, the three-count is used.
- When a child acts inappropriately after gentle reminders, his leader gives him a one count.
- If the child continues to create disturbances and disobey leaders, he is given a two count.
-This results in a caring discussion with the club director to ensure that the child understands the specific behavior that is being addressed and what is expected of him.
- If a child fails to correct his behavior and continues to create problems, then he will be given a three count.
-This step may result in calling of parents during the club night and/or suspension.
-We will continue to treat the child with love and grace. Please help us help your child by making us aware of any behavior issues. We appreciate your input on how to best care for your child.
There are processes in place to ensure a safe and secure environment for your child. If any incidents occur, they will be formally addressed. The Children’s Ministry Director will be immediately informed and consulted and you will be notified if your child was involved or affected. All incidents will be taken seriously and handled in a consistent manner.
Parents Night is especially designed for you to visit and participate in the evening’s activities with your child. The date may differ between Cubbies and the Sparks/T&T clubs – so watch the club calendar for your specific parents night!
The Adopt-A-Club program allows your children to help children in other countries to participate in Awana and learn the spiritual truths that we learn. Your clubber will be given a folder to collect their own quarters in. When the folder is filled, please place it in a plastic bag and include your clubber’s name. When the filled folder is turned in, your clubber will receive an Adopt-A-Club patch for their uniform.
This event is for the whole family of Sparks and T&T clubbers! Wood car kits can be purchased from the secretary. You can cut out your car at home or have it cut and work on it at our annual Family Grand Prix Workshop. Clubber cars will race against each other on our very own aluminum track. There will be separate prizes for speed and design. Parents can design their own cars to race against other adult cars - just for fun. The Family Grand Prix Workshop will be on Saturday, October 29. Grand Prix Race Nights will be held during Tuesday club - watch the calendar for dates.
The Sparks-A-Rama is an event where our Sparks team(s) compete against other Sparks teams in the area in Awana games. Clubbers need to have completed at least ten sections during the current club year to participate. There will be two to three practices outside of regular club nights and the main event will take place on Saturday, February ?, 2012. This event is optional for clubbers.
At the AwanaGames event our T&T team(s) compete against other T&T teams in the area in Awana games. Clubbers need to have completed at least ten sections during the current club year to participate. There will be two to three practices outside of regular club nights and the main event will take place on Saturday, February ?, 2012. This event is optional for clubbers.
At Bible Quizzing our T&T teams will compete against other T&T teams in the area in a quiz format with questions pertaining to the material from their handbook. Clubbers need to have completed at least ten sections during the current club year to participate. There will be two to three practices outside of regular club nights and the main event will take place on Saturday, February ?, 2012. This is also and optional event for clubbers.
Awards night is at the end of the year when we recognize the accomplishments of those clubbers that have completed a handbook. This is an event for the whole family to celebrate with your clubber!
Clubbers that have completed the 5th grade (and older) and two Awana books are eligible to go to West Coast Honor Camp at the end of June. Camp is a week of Awana fun with other clubbers in the Northern Nevada & Northern California area. There’s no question that great times will be had and God will be at work at camp. It’s an amazing time that your clubber will want to experience year after year. Partial and full scholarships are available on an as needed basis. There are opportunities for you to serve at camp too! Check out the website: www.westcoasthonorcamp.org
Awana Resources For Parents & Families
In the Sparks and T&T handbooks, there are special parent pages designed for you to help your clubber through their book. Additionally, in the back of Sparks books there are several blue parent idea pages that include activities for you and your clubber(s) to participate in together to reinforce what they’re learning in the book.
You can purchase many resources including your child’s verses for the year set to music on CD. Catalog items can also be ordered for you by the secretary or you can complete an order online. ~ www.awana.org/store
This program provides visionary resources and practical tools for family-centered, church-supported discipleship…all integrated with the Awana program. ~ www.awana.org/athome
This seminar is designed to equip parents in developing a quality home environment where children can be nurtured in their Christian life. ~ www.rorheiminstitute.org
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