On any given Wednesday night during the school year, the KBC educational building is a bustling place of activity! Adult leaders and children from pre-k through 6th grade arrive for a fun night of games, Bible teaching, and Bible memory. For an hour and 45 minutes, Cubbies, Sparks, and T&Ts are loved and taught the Good News of Jesus Christ!

       Opening ceremony includes reciting pledges to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible. Brother Don leads us in the Awana prayer, which is that all children and youth throughout the world will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Announcements are made, and most importantly, children are recognized for earning awards in their Bible memory work. Every group attends three sessions for 30 minutes each of game time, large group time, and small group/handbook time.

       Game/Interaction time is fun, energetic activities that engage children. If children are having fun, they will want to come back and invite their friends to join them. This time typically consists of games, team building activities, and service projects such as packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Large group time is the gathering of the children together to hear about God’s Word. Teaching the Bible in creative ways to help kids develop a love for God’s Word, compels them to trust Christ, and grow spiritually. This time typically consists of Bible teaching, a gospel presentation, worship, and prayer. Small group/handbook time consists of discipling a specific group of students each week. A consistent  group allows leaders to build a relationship with kids and allows kids to be known and develop a sense of belonging. This time usually consists of building relationships and discussing the Bible lesson, answering questions, praying for one another, and helping students understand and complete handbook requirements.

    At the heart of Awana ministry is the great connection; combining a highly scriptural focus with one that is highly relational. That means our desire is to relate to the kids on a personal level, helping them feel loved and cared for. But we want those relationships to also be highly scriptural. We want to exemplify God’s love in the way we live our own lives and in our own dependence on His Word. We want to encourage them to become students of the Bible and lifelong disciples.

    KBC’s Awana ministry currently has about 90 registered children, and the average attendance rate is about 60-65 students each Wednesday. Only about 25% of these children are from families who are KBC members. Consequently, this program, like our Vacation Bible School, is a great evangelical outreach in our community.

    Christ gave His disciples a mission statement, found in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commended you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” As believers we ALL have this mission in common. Christ instructed His followers to make disciples. /We make disciples by proclaiming the gospel, and teaching others all that He commanded us. What an exciting, powerful, crucial mission!

    If you feel led to serve with us in this important ministry, please join us and be truly blessed by these amazing children! God is doing a mighty work! Come be a part of that!

 

~Nan Ritter—Away Ministry Director