Children Ministries

AWANA is a Bible-based, Christ-centered program for children.  It blends Bible teaching, scripture memorization and tons of fun together to impact children and families with the Gospel.  The word AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and comes from the Bible verse II Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The goal of AWANA is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him. It is a great honor to serve God in this way and to lead children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

AWANA meets each Sunday night during the school year from 5:00-6:00 PM.  Each week children ages 2 through 6th grade participate in fun activities that help build trust in God and Christ and teach them about Christian values, faith and service all in an age and Christ –centered environment.

(2 year-olds) 

Puggles plant seeds of faith and teach toddlers God’s Word! Children in this class will learn these basic biblical concepts: we are a unique creation of God  and God loves us very much. Puggles teach toddlers simple lessons through teaching cards, activities, music and more!

(3 year-olds and 4 year-olds) 

Cubbies for preschoolers is built on two premises: young children can and should receive spiritual training and that home is the primary place for spiritual training. Cubbies meet these needs through…fun, and lots of it! Cubbies is fun with a purpose – to reach and train kids for Jesus Christ. Games, puppets, crafts, awards and other activities transform our preschool program into a lively weekly experience where fun and learning go hand in hand.

(Kindergarten through 2nd Grade) 

Sparks ignites the curiosity of elementary kids to learn the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. Sparks immerse kids in God’s Word. The three handbooks for this class feature: basic truths about God, Jesus Christ, salvation and the Bible, a clear and consistent presentation of the Gospel. In three years, a child will learn and review over 65 Bible verses, many of which cover salvation and key Christian doctrine.

(3rd-6th Grade)

T&T engages our children by answering their questions about God and the Bible, guiding them through this pivotal life stage to grow in Christ’s grace. This year our T&T club is exploring the devotionals entitled : “A Girl After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George, and “A Boy After God’s Own Heart by Jim George.”

In “A Girl After God’s Own Heart”, upbeat and positive, Elizabeth provides biblical truths and suggestions so tweens can thrive. She reaches out to girls where they are and addresses daily issues that concern them, including―
· building real friendships
· talking with parents
· putting Jesus first
· handling schoolwork and activities
· deciding how to dress
Girls are busy developing new skills and increasing their knowledge as they grow into young women. A Girl After God’s Own Heart shows them how to establish healthy guidelines that honor God, promote their well-being, and help them get the most from this wonderful time in their lives.

In A Boy After God’s Own Heart, Jim George helps young guys to understand why God is important in everything they do. And he teaches that the Bible has the answers for all the questions and issues they face as they grow older. Boys have a lot competing for their attention, and peer pressure can be tremendous―making it a challenge to encourage them toward the things of God and living the Christian life.
Boys will learn…
· the value of honoring and respecting their parents
· the keys to making right choices and decisions
· how to choose the best kinds of friends and be a good friend
· the benefits of taking school seriously and being responsible
· the need to follow after God by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer

This book includes discussion questions and interactive material, opening a whole new world for boys, pointing them in the right direction for becoming what God designed them to be

Girls in Action is a dynamic WMU missions organization for girls in grades 1-6. GA’s helps girls grow in their spiritual development as they learn the biblical basis of missions and discover their part in God’s plan.
In GA’s, girls learn
● a biblical worldview
● ways to demonstrate Christ’s love to others
● how God is working around the world
● their part of God’s plan
GA’s is designed with girls’ unique characteristics in mind. GA’s helps girls grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of girls in each grade. GA materials are designed to help both younger and older girls have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.
GA OBJECTIVES:
● Pray for missions
● Engage in mission action and witnessing
● Learn about missions
● Support missions
● Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
● Participate in the work of the church and denomination
GA’s meet each Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 PM immediately after AWANA.

Royal Ambassadors is a dynamic WMU missions organization for boys in grades 1–6. RA’s helps boys grow in their spiritual development as they learn the biblical basis of missions and discover their part in God’s plan. RAs learn about the world, pray for the world, and learn how they can be used to tell others about God’s Son, Jesus. An ambassador can be defined as a messenger or representative—someone who tells or reveals truth. Royal Ambassadors seek to share the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

In RA’s, boys learn
● a biblical worldview
● ways to demonstrate Christ’s love to others
● how God is working around the world
● their part of God’s plan

RA’s helps boys grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of boys in each grade. RA materials are designed to help younger and older boys have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.
RA’s meet each Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 PM immediately after AWANA.

How early can a child begin learning Christian missions concepts? The preschool years. From babies to kindergartners, Mission Friends provides the building blocks of faith and a basic awareness of God’s love for all people.

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .
● become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
● move from a focus on self to a focus on others
● apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
● and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Mission Friends meet each Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 PM immediately after AWANA.

Women’s Missionary Union- WMU
The goal of the WMU is to involve women and children in learning about missions and discovering their responsibility in sharing the love of Christ.
Women and children: 1. pray for missions 2. engage in mission action 3. learn about missions 4. give to missions 5. develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle 6. participate in the work of the church
Women on Missions Groups:
1. Koinonea- Meets 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm
2. Maranatha- Meets 4th Thursday of every month at 7 pm
3. New Hope- Meets as needed for special projects
4. Agape- Meets 1st Thursday of every month at 1pm

Children Missions Groups:
1. Mission Friends
2. RA’s
3. GA’s