21 Sep 2016 Hiding God’s Word in Hearts
Awana is is a club for kids Kindergarten-6th grade that meets every Wednesday night at Northshore Community Church during the school year at 6:30-8pm. An Awana evening has three parts – “Handbook Time,” where the kids work through their books to memorize Bible verses and learn other Biblical truths, a really fun and energetic “Game Time”, and “Council Time,” which includes worship and teaching from God’s Word. Our Awana program serves Northshore youth, kids from other churches, and also young people who do not regularly attend church. This last year we had around 150 kids participate. Clubbers earn various awards for their work in Awana and also enjoy crazy theme nights and special events like “Drive in Movie Night”. Since the program is mostly run by parent volunteers, the children have the opportunity to be led by consistent adult leaders and also bond with children their age. The mission of Awana is to equip leaders to reach kids with the gospel and engage them in long-term discipleship.
The highest honor in the elementary program is the Timothy Award. To earn this award the students must complete each of the four Truth & Training books, which includes memorizing an amazing total of 432 Bible verses! This past year we had a record eight kids receive the award. They are (left to right): Dugan Lentz, Kaizen Mouw, Hanna Jensen, Katelyn Smith, Sammie Hong, Gina Saez, Jaclyn Woo, and Joy Holmes
In talking to one of our leaders, Amy Mouw, and the mother of Timothy Award recipient Kaizen Mouw, she was telling me how much her son had grown through the program. Amy and her husband were impressed when Kaizen used some verses he had memorized through Awana to provide comfort and clarity to his grandmother in a time of grief and doubt. God is using the Awana program at our church to strengthen kids’ faith, and reach out to many children in the community.
It is not too late to register your child for this year’s program!
-Annette Hoelscher, Sparks Director