Each week, more than 2.8 million kids from ages 2-18 take part in Awana through more than 38,000 churches in 113 countries. Centered on the gospel, Awana uses Scripture memory in a fun, exciting environment to teach children and youth to know, live and share the gospel and to serve Christ locally and globally. Awana stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed"! (2 Timothy 2:15).
Awana at Loudoun
Our Awana Club currently includes programs from age 2 (Puggles) through ages 3 and 4 (Cubbies), Kindergarten through 2nd grade (Sparks), 3rd through 5th grade (T&T), 6th through 8th grade (Trek), and our 9th through 12th grade program (Journey). We've just completed our 5th year as a Club and are excited to serve the children and youth in Loudoun County through Awana!
Commanders' Corner: Loudoun Awana News
Welcome! We are looking forward to another great year beginning in September. We were so excited to see over 400 clubbers immersing themselves in God's Word and engaging in a fun time of fellowship together this past year. This past year we also participated in Awana Go, the missions arm of Awana. Clubbers learned about God’s heart for the world, pray for those who don’t know Jesus, and to raise money to help send kids around the world to Awana clubs. We were able to raise enough money to send kids in need to Awana clubs near them.
Here is an idea of what a typical night for your clubber might look like. Each club night is broken into 3 parts:
- Game time - A key principle of Awana is that Awana is exciting and FUN! Every part of our Awana Club features high-energy, healthy, and biblically-centered team competition. Organized games get all of the children and youth to participate, unleashing natural energy & enthusiasm.
- Handbook Time - Using achievement-oriented learning segments, Awana training emphasizes the importance of God & His Word for salvation, for learning to know and abide in Him, and for sound living. Clubbers progress through handbooks & leaders meet with them individually to go over what they have learned each week.
- Large Group Time - Large Group time consists of a Bible lesson tailored to the ages of the Clubbers. Large group features guest speakers throughout the year, and involves age-appropriate worship in most of our Clubs as well. The most important thing we do in Awana is tell children and youth about the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4) - what Jesus did for them on the cross. The gospel is presented with clarity and urgency at every age group, in every large group, every week in our Awana Club.
Age Requirements and Important Information for the Club
We are so excited to be preparing for our sixth year as a Club, 2017-2018! Registration is online this year! Thank you in advance for your grace as we work through this new digital registration process this year.
IMPORTANT: Please review the Serving Opportunities Job Descriptions document and the What We Teach booklet BEFORE starting the registration process as the site may time out.
If you are registering multiple children, be sure to select all of them before hitting “continue". Parents, you do not need to select yourself as your information is attached to the child(ren) - this is where you can select volunteer position or make updates to your information.
Puggles must be 2 years old by September 30, 2017. Cubbies must be 3 years old by September 30, 2017. Sparks (Kindergarten) must be 5 years by September 30, 2017. If your child is not starting Kindergarten this fall, please enroll them in Cubbies. For 1st Grade through 12th Grade. Your child will go into the same Awana class as they attend in school (or with the grade of same-age children if homeschooled).
We are encouraging all Mclean Bible Church members to not feel overextended by volunteering weekly at MBC Loudoun during Sunday mornings and serving weekly at Awana. All weekly volunteers with MBC Sunday morning are not required to serve weekly at Awana as well. If you are volunteering for Awana from another church (non-McLean Bible Church) we are requesting that you volunteer on a weekly basis with your clubber. Appreciate your help and service to this ministry!
We know that every family is unique, and it's our goal to serve our Awana families however we can - please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about the curriculum or age requirements, and we'd love to help you!
Registration Link: Here!
Volunteer Descriptions: https://www.mcleanbible.org/sites/default/files/AWANA%20MBC-Loudoun%20Serving.pdf
What We Teach booklet: https://www.mcleanbible.org/sites/default/files/resources-files/What_We_Teach_Booklet.pdf
Summary of Key Dates
September 10, 2017 - KICKOFF for our sixth year!!
April 29, 2018 - Last Awana Club Night / Puggles-Cubbies Award Ceremony (last night to complete Sparks, T&T, Trek and Journey handbook sections)
May 6, 2018 - Awana Awards Ceremony (Sparks, T&T, Trek)
Sept 10 | Awana starts #1
Sept 17 | Awana Club #2 Trek / Journey Parent Meeting 4:05pm
Sept 24 | Awana Club #3
Sparks/T&T Parent Meeting 5:15pm
Oct 1 | Awana Club #4 / Family Picnic on the lawn 5:45pm
Oct 8 | No Awana, Columbus holiday weekend
Oct 15 | Awana Club #5
Oct 22 | Awana Club #6 / Super Hero Night
Oct 29 | Awana Club #7
Nov 5 | Awana Club #8 (daylight savings ends)
Nov 12 | Awana Club #9
Nov 19 | Awana Club #10 / Dot Your Leader Night
Nov 26 | No Awana, Thanksgiving
Dec 3 | Awana Club #11
Dec 10 | Awana Club #12 / Slipper & Pajama Night
Dec 17 | Awana Club #13
Dec 24 | No Awana, Christmas Eve
Dec 31 | No Awana, New Year’s Eve
Jan 7 | Awana Club #14
Jan 14 | Awana Club #15
Jan 19-20 | T&T-Girls Lock-in (Tentative)
Jan 21 | Awana Club #16
Jan 26-27 | T&T-Boys Lock-in (Tentative)
Jan 28 | Awana Club #17 / Sports Night
Feb 4 | No Awana, Super Bowl
Feb 11 | Awana Club #18
Feb 18 | Awana Club #19
Feb 24 | Awana Grand Prix
Feb 25 | Awana Club #20
Mar 4 | Awana Club #21
Mar 9-10 | Trek Lock-in (Tentative)
Mar 11 | Awana Club #22 / Crazy Hat/Hair Night
Mar 16 | Sparks Movie Night (tentative)
Mar 18 | Awana Club #23
Mar 25 | No Awana, Palm Sunday
Apr 1 | No Awana, Easter
Apr 8 | Awana Club #24
Apr 16 | Awana Club #25
Apr 29 | Awana Club #27– Cubbies/Puggles Awards Ceremony
May 6 | Sparks/T&T then Trek/Journey Awards Ceremony
May 12 | Roller Skating “After Party” (tentative)
New Leaders (either new to Awana or new to our Club) - please plan to join us at training, August 27, 2017 from 2:30-4pm in the ROCK at MBC Loudoun.
For new Awana leaders, or leaders new to MBC Loudoun Awana - Prior to training on August 27, there are three things to do:
1. Background Check. MBC Loudoun and Awana maintain a rigorous child protection policy. All leaders that will have any interactions or potential interactions with children are required to have a background check. For leaders that are new to our Awana Club, you can initiate the background check process by entering your information here. If you are already a volunteer in children's ministry at Mclean Bible Church, you don't need to repeat the background check for Awana.
2. Volunteer Application. For new leaders in Awana, if you are an adult, please complete the adult volunteer application; if you are a student leader or the parent of a student leader, please complete the volunteer application as well. Then, either: 1) send it to us digitally as a completed PDF as an email attachment, which constitutes signing it, or 2) bring it with you to training on August 27th and turn it in there. As with the background check, there is no need to do this if you have served in children's ministry previously at MBC, and already have a volunteer application on file with Mclean Bible Church.
Returning MBC Loudoun Awana leaders - please plan to join us August 27, 2017 from 4-5 pm in the following locations:
• Puggles: Library upstairs
• Cubbies: Adult ministry space downstairs
• Sparks: ROCK upstairs
• T&T: Club 45 downstairs
• Trek: Café
• Journey: Guest House
Journey (9th - 12th grade) This will be our second year with Journey being represented at McLean Bible Church Loudoun campus. Our inaugural year was a great success, we had a blast! Journey students will read the entire Old Testament over their four years in the Club, and will work through 32 weekly in-depth topical Bible Studies over the course of the Club Year. Each week's focus area will include excellent teaching resources, video content, and engaging small group discussions targeted in a modern and relevant way towards our Northern Virginia teenagers. You can take a look at an advanced copy of the Journey Curriculum here. link: http://www.getjourney.org
“We are working to update the handouts for this upcoming year. Work in progress.”