Just in time for the new school year, the AWANA Club, a children’s discipleship program targeted for preschoolers to 6th graders, kicked off the season with a registration and “Meet & Greet” event at the Main Post Chapel, Aug. 28. Officials registered 77 children along with adult volunteers, essential to the program.
The non-denominational program uses strategies such as scripture memory work, value-based games and activities, and interactive group lessons to enrich the children’s faith and to help them understand what that means.
“It is meant to give children a spiritual foundation to their faith through learning Bible stories and memorizing the scriptures,” explained Fred Robinson, director of Religious Education for Fort Huachuca.
The name AWANA is an acronym for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed. It was derived from the Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of the truth.”
The program is broken down into three age-appropriate clubs: the Cubbies Club for 3.5 – 5 years (must be potty-trained); the Sparks Club for grades K – 2; and the Truth and Training Club for grades 3 – 6.
AWANA will meet every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday, at the Main Post Chapel. During each meeting the children rotate through three activities: an interactive Bible story, Bible study with verse memorization and game time.
According to Robinson, those who participate in the program take away three major things: Faith, Fun and Friends. “That is what it is all about. They love being with their friends, it builds their faith, and it’s a ton of fun. They have a blast here,” he said.
Registrations are taken throughout the year but accepted only if required child-adult volunteer ratios can be kept. When the limit is reached, children will be placed on a waiting list which is eliminated when additional adult volunteers sign up. At this time, there is no waiting list.
This is Fort Huachuca’s second year hosting the AWANA program. Last year, 100 children were registered. There is no cost, but donations are accepted.
“We definitely need people who are willing to work with the children, but we also need parents who want to do behind- the-scenes work as well,” said Nicole Bragg, AWANA Sparks Club director. AWANA staff will train volunteers once they complete a background check.
Volunteers’ children are guaranteed a registration. Watch-care will be available for volunteers with children under 3.
To register or for more information, call Fred Robinson, 533.4753, email FHAWANA@hotmail.com or visit www.AWANA.org.