The name AWANA is derived from the first letters of: Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed - 2 Timothy 2:15. AWANA helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
To produce such approved "workmen", AWANA has carefully selected Bible verses to be memorized and Scripture portions to be taught that prove doctrinal truths. After all, God promises that His Word would not return void, but will accomplish its purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
The AWANA program offers a proven approach for evangelizing and disciplining kids in the church and community. That is why memory work is chosen, to establish a personal relationship between each clubber and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, build up clubbers in Bible knowledge, and instill in them a love and respect for God and His Word.
AWANA is held each Wednesday evening at 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM.
If AWANA is cancelled for any reason other than for breaks (see monthly calendars), notice will be given on Ypsilanti Baptist Temple's Facebook page, this site's Home Page, and via our automated call system.
2019/2020 Calendar of Events:
Can't find the information you are looking for? Have additional questions? Email us at: AWANA@ypsilantibaptisttemple.org and place AWANA in the subject heading.
AWANA FAQ's continued:
What are handbooks and sections?
New clubbers begin the year with their club's entrance booklet. Upon completion of the booklet, your child is eligible to wear the AWANA uniform and may begin on a handbook. Both the entrance booklet and the handbooks are divided into "sections", usually an activity or a memory verse or two. To complete the section, the clubber must recite the verses to their leader.
Awards for achievement are given upon completion of Bible memory work and activities contained in your child's handbook. Special awards are given at the end of the club year for those who complete an entire handbook.
What goes on at AWANA?
Club meetings consist primarily of:
From week to week, our clubs will have special themed nights, be sure to keep the Event Calendar handy so that your child can participate. And from time to time, clubbers have the ability to earn prizes for their participation and completion of various activities, notifications will be sent home when these special events are to take place.
Does the Clubber have to attend Ypsilanti Baptist Temple to be able to attend AWANA there?
NO! A clubber can have a different home church and still attend AWANA here at Ypsilanti Baptist Temple. Clubbers can even attend if they don't have a home church.
Do you have a dress code?
Clubbers are required to wear their uniforms each week unless they are participating in that week's specific themed night, to which that then becomes their uniform for the week. Shorts are allowed during the warmer months, however we do ask that the shorts are of modest length out of respect to God's House and other clubbers. We do ask that NO bare mid-drifts be showing and that clothing being warn is NOT revealing. Please see that all clubbers have socks on or socks with them to change into for game time. During warm weather months, please have tennis shoes as many activities will take place outside.
How much does it cost?
Club dues of $1.00 per week are collected from each clubber to help offset a portion of the Awana program's cost and pay for a year-end party. If you wish to pre-pay the dues for the entire year, it is $32.00 per clubber.
Costs for books, bags and uniforms can be found about in "AWANA Clubs and Costs."
Books, uniforms and bags will be ordered by our AWANA Commander. We accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards. (Note credit card payments will be accessed a fee of 3%). Checks should be made payable to Ypsilanti Baptist Temple.
Is there parent involvement?
Absolutely, yes! As parents, you play a most important role in AWANA. Your child will need your encouragement—and probably reminders—to prepare their handbook sections in advance of Wednesday night. Generally a child who prepares just ten minutes a day will be able to successfully finish their entire book before the end of the club year.
There are also many other helpful resources for parents on the AWANA website as well as above in our Parent's Role and Memorization Tips.
Questions or concerns?
If you have any other questions or concerns during the club year, please speak to your child's leader, our AWANA Commander Connie Smith, Secretary Tanya Norris, or Pastor Clay.
AWANA Clubs International began in America in 1950 and is presently operating in over 100 Countries around the world. AWANA is non-denominational in its teaching and attracts boys and girls from most churches and those with no church background or interest.
AWANA ® and the AWANA logo are registered trademarks and service marks of AWANA Clubs International. Used by permission.