JOIN US THIS FALL AS AWANA RETURNS SEPTEMBER OF 2018
Welcome to Riverdale Baptist Church’s AWANA Ministry! We hope you’ll check us out and enjoy our program! On this site you can find some basic guidelines that will help you understand what AWANA is all about as well as our policies.
AWANA is Fun With A Purpose; We play games, learn Bible verses, and hear Bible Stories. We will lovingly show your child what the Bible says about Jesus and Salvation.
Please feel free to check out more about us and check out what the year has in store for us!
Proverbs 22:6-Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The AWANA program is for children 3 years old (by September 1st) through the 5th grade.
Cubbies are 3-5 years old. A child may start the program the 2 years before Kindergarten. All Cubbies must be able to follow directions and sit during various learning sessions. They must be able to be separated from their parents for 1 1⁄2 hours. It is recommended that a parent, grandparent or adult guardian remain in the building for the duration of the program. If you must go run an errand, please let us know.
Sparks are children entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade. All Sparks must be able to follow directions and be able to be separated from their parents for 1 1⁄2 hours.
Truth and Training(T&T) children are in the 3rd through 5th grade.
All T&T children have game time together, and break into their smaller groups of T&T teams. Each department (Cubbies, Sparks, and T&T) has a specific game time, handbook time and council time. We have special nights that we do fun things to earn tickets. Special nights are planned in advance and a schedule is provided and posted. At the end of each evening, the team with the most points is awarded a small prize.
AWANA Club starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday from September through May. If Carman-Ainsworth Schools are closed for breaks or a snow day, then AWANA will not be meeting.
AWANA ends at 8:00 p.m. and children must be picked up by an adult promptly at that time. An adult will need to sign each clubber out before they are released. If your child has special needs, please let us know so we can have any necessary supports in place to help your child succeed in our program.
a. Leaving Early
If you have to take your child home before AWANA is over, you must advise a leader or secretary that you have your child. If you see your child in the hall with a “buddy” or in the bathroom, do not take him/her out of the building without telling his/her leader and signing them out. We are monitoring your child the entire evening and we take our responsibility very seriously.
Your child is our utmost priority. Occasionally, we have bumps and bruises when the children play the AWANA games. We have several leaders that are doctors and nurses and they will help any injured child. We need to have your home and cellphone numbers on file in case we need to contact you. Please do not send a child to AWANA that is coughing, sneezing, vomiting or feverish. We will send a child home if he/she is ill.
We do our best to make sure your child is in a safe environment. If your child has allergies or has any medical restrictions, please provide this information on the medical release posted on the website or available at the team registration tables. We serve popcorn, lemonade, pizza, cake, sundaes, etc. on occasion. If your child is allergic to certain foods, please send in a “special snack” for him/her on that evening and give it to your child’s leader.
2. UNIFORMS AND BIBLE
Make sure your child wears his/her uniform to AWANA each week and brings his/her Bible and handbook each Wednesday. Modest dress is always proper at all AWANA and church activities. Please do not send your child in midriff tops, torn clothing, swimsuits, short shorts, etc. When we have any special night that requires costumes, the modesty rule still applies. Also, we play games that require running, jumping and sliding. Tennis shoes are required for game time. No flip flops, sandals, bare feet, stocking feet, boots. Bringing your Bible to AWANA is the most important part of the AWANA program. Please provide your child a Bible of their own. The New International Version (NIV) or King James Version (KJV) is recommended to coincide with AWANA books. If you cannot afford a Bible, we will provide one. Please let the Commander know.
3. DUES AND DONATIONS
Our AWANA club program is self-supporting. We charge a flat fee of $25.00 which includes all the supplies needed for the year. We feel that this cost allows for everyone to attend, no matter the financial need in the family. If there is any financial difficulty in paying , purchasing uniforms or books, please see the Commander. No child will ever go without in AWANA. If you have any old uniforms that would benefit a child that cannot afford one, please bring them to AWANA and they will be passed on.
4. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND VOLUNTEERING
Please help your child prepare for club each week by spending time at home with him/her reading and reviewing the handbook material. The goal is to have 2-3 sections completed each week. At the end of AWANA each year we will need volunteers for special events and the Awards Ceremony reception.
5. POINT SYSTEM
Here is what the Sparks and T&T child can do to earn tickets each week in AWANA. The tickets are used to determine “Clubber of the Week”.
Tickets are awarded for:
• each section said*
• bringing a friend to AWANA*
• participating in a special event (See calendar)
AWANA’s policy is “We do not tolerate any child bullying or deliberately harming another child or insulting a parent or a leader.” Any problems that need our attention should be brought to the attention of a leader, director or commander. Please let us know immediately if anything was said or done inappropriately so we can stop bad behavior quickly. All we ask is that all conversation be done in private and in a loving and Godly manner. We will handle the matter promptly. If we have a problem with your child, we will bring it to your attention in the same manner. We may separate children that do not get along. Please cooperate with us. Our goal is to improve a behavior problem and not to embarrass your child. We will teach your child to forgive or to ask forgiveness, whatever the case may be. All children are welcome to attend so long as they are respectful of our staff, parents, other children and our church property.
7. GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
Good sportsmanship should always be exhibited at game time. Any outbursts or disrespectful comments made during game time to other clubbers, staff or visitors could result in no game time for your child during club time.
8. WHAT NOT TO BRING!
We ask that all electronics and cell phones be left at home. We have a No Tolerance Policy against any dangerous items. Only Bibles, handbooks or other materials that are related to AWANA activities may be brought to church. Also, by leaving electronic equipment at home, your child will not lose any expensive items.
9. FINANCIAL POLICY
Our policy is that all AWANA items (handbooks, uniforms, etc.) are paid for at the time they are received. Our staff cannot give out any AWANA items without payment. It helps us not to have to chase someone for money. Therefore, we have made it a blanket policy that we need payment before we hand out any book, uniform or other item.
Exception: If there is a financial need, please let the Commander or Director know. We will work with those families regarding fees and AWANA items.
Our goal is that a clubber completes a book a year. This keeps them on track for achieving an award a year. Upon completion of each book, the following award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at the end of the AWANA year. (See schedule for date.)
Cubbies only work on one book a year. Cubbies are in the program for 2 years and they will complete the Hopper or Jumper book, depending on the year.Hopper or Jumper Book – Their award is age appropriate.
• 1st year – Cubbie Bear
• 2nd year – Ribbon
• 1st year in Sparks, work on Book 1 – 1st Book Green Ribbon
• 2nd year in Sparks, work on Book 2 – 2nd Book Blue Ribbon
• 3rd year in Sparks, work on Book 3 – 3rd Book Sparky Plaque
TRUTH & TRAINING AWARDS
• 3rd or 4th grade, 1st year in T&T – Adventure Book 1
• 4th grade and 2nd year in T&T – Adventure Book 2
• 5th grade – Challenge Book 1
• Extra book – Challenge Book 2
• 1st book completed – Medal
• 2 books completed – Excellence Award
• 3 books completed – Challenge Award
• All 4 T&T books completed – Timothy Award
11.WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Our church has a fabulous website, www.rbcflint.org. It contains our pastor’s sermons, church information, the AWANA calendar, manual and forms, and much more. Take advantage of this wonderful site. AWANA is on Facebook. Please join our group –AWANA@Riverdale Baptist Church. Please provide us with your e-mail address. We would like to contact you only if we are having a special church activity or if there are any changes in the AWANA schedule.
12. OUR STAFF
All of our staff, leaders and secretaries are volunteers and members or regularly attend Riverdale Baptist Church. They have totally dedicated their lives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They have all personally accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior for salvation and trust in His work on the cross. The Bible is our guide in everything we do.
Cory Snyder, Pastor
Dr. Mike Kirby, Commander