Awana began in 1941 in Chicago, Illinois as an independent Baptist ministry using innovation to share the Gospel with children.
If your church is considering Awana - you need three things for a Wednesday evening Awana club:
1). You need an hour and a half - most church programs are written for an hour - but Awana is designed for 90 to 120 minutes. At First Baptist Moreland, Awana meets on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. from August to May.
2). You need plenty of leaders. We have between 40-50 clubbers (through 5th grade) and have 15-20 leaders. Awana is built on consistency - children need to see the same leaders every week.
3). You need an organizational leadership team. Awana involves collecting dues, collecting an offering, tracking attendance, recording clubber book progress, listening to Scripture, awarding badges - we're fortunate to have an outstanding commander (Wendy Moore) and incredible secretary (Beth Johnson) that hold Awana together. It's better to not do something, rather than do a sloppy job.
Even though it's not a Southern Baptist program - consider Awana for your mid-week children's ministry. Awana has children memorizing Scripture, learning Bible stories and having fun.