What is Awana?

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Awana is a ministry of Colonial Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. The acrostic "AWANA" stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, taken from 2 Timothy 2:15: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Awana was founded in 1950 as a parachurch organization by Art Rorheim and Pastor Lance Latham. It is a structured children's discipleship program that includes Bible teaching, Scripture memorization, game time and many other fun activities throughout the school year! The purpose of Awana is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to help local churches reach children, youth, and their families with the gospel.

The emphasis of Awana is the memorization of God's Word as a primary means of a child growing in his/her relationship with God.  This is accomplished in the context of discipleship with adult leaders who are passionate about Jesus Christ.

Children ages from 3 years old through the 6th grade are invited to participate. Club activites start at 6:45 PM and ends at 8:30 PM on Wednesday nights from September through May.


When and where do we meet?

We meet Wednesday evenings, from 6:45-8:30pm, September through May, at Colonial Baptist Church. Check-in begins at 6:20 — Cubbies & Sparks in the Nehemiah Building, and T&T in the Gym. (For parents, the Wednesday Prayer Service at the church runs concurrently, from 7:00-8:00pm.)

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How is Awana organized?

Awana is organized into age groups, with a different name for each club. Each club has its own uniform, handbooks, and awards.

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How is the evening structured?

The evening is divided up into three different segments, and may occur in a different order, depending on the club.

Small Group Time

This is a 30-minute segment during which your son or daughter will work through their handbooks which he or she has studied all week at home. Most clubs work through the sections altogether but there is opportunity for additional study for highly motivated clubbers. Clubbers will receive points for each section they say, which will be used to purchase items from the Awana Store, Christmas Store or end-of-year Carnival.

Game Time

This 30-minute segment involves organized game activities monitored by the leaders to ensure sportsmanship and to prevent any injuries. Our goal is to teach our youth how to win or lose gracefully and to promote interaction among their peers. Clubbers should wear tennis shoes to participate.

Large Group Time

This 30-minute segment is a time for the individual clubs to teach a Bible-centered message.

Who may attend Awana?

All children, ages 3 (potty through the 6th grade, are invited to attend. We hope to see you at Awana!


How do we get our kids involved?

 The first step is to visit on a club night and register your children.  The registration process is slightly different depending on when you are registering. Prices for required and optional items are also available online.


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