Currently, Awana is not meeting. Please watch the calendar for scheduling updates.

We would like to welcome you and your child to the AWANA Club program at First Baptist Church of Fairborn. The name AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed,” from 2 Timothy 2:15 in the Bible. AWANA Clubs International has been “Reaching boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and training them to serve him” for over 50 years.

Our AWANA program provides your child:

  • The practical tools they need to help you create the moral and spiritual foundation that is so necessary for them to have a rewarding life.
  • A program that is based on the Bible and the timeless truths found there.
  • A special place for your children to make new friends
  • A time to play exciting games
  • The opportunity to compete in rewarding and challenging contests
  • The opportunity to earn and receive awards for scripture memorization and other achievements
  • Opportunities to learn and memorize God’s Word, the Bible.

Today’s children are faced with more difficult decisions than ever before, and the AWANA program seeks to establish them on a firm, Biblical foundation which will provide direction for their daily lives. Each clubber is very special to us and to God. Your assistance as parents is very important to your children so that they may get the most out of AWANA.

You can help your children by:

  • Encouraging them to come each week, by helping them to memorize at least two sections per week (to finish their book by the end of the year) in their handbook
  • Showing excitement over their achievements, and by communicating any special needs to us.
  • Spending about 5 minutes each morning and evening with your child reading or reviewing “sections” for the greatest retention. Doing it together shows them that you care for them and that you care about what’s important to them.
  • You will also find the AWANA material useful for an expanded time of family devotions at home where you can discuss God’s Word and issues that children are confronted with day to day.

Thank you for allowing your child to attend our club and allowing us the opportunity to minister to them. If you have any questions or special concerns, please contact us. We welcome you to visit our club meetings at any time. Our desire is that your child will come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and that they will have a wonderful, growing experience that they will remember for a lifetime!

FAQ's

What is AWANA?

For nearly 60 years, Awana has been a leader in children’s ministry, helping churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ.
Based in the Chicago area, Awana is the only organization with fully integrated evangelism and discipleship programs for ages 2-18 that actively involve parents, church leaders and mentors. Each week, more than a million children and youth, 250,000 volunteers and 300- plus field staff take part in Awana in over 17,000 churches in the U.S. and internationally.
Awana works with churches from nearly 100 different denominations. It began as a children’s program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago in 1941. Lance Latham, North Side’s senior pastor, collaborated with the church’s youth director, Arth Rorheim, to develop weekly clubs that would appeal to churched and unchurched kids, lead them to trust Christ for salvation and grow them in enduring faith and service to God.
Other churches learned about the success of the program and inquired about its availability. In 1950, Latham and Rorheim founded Awana as a parachurch organization. By 1960, 900 churches had started Awana programs. By 1972 Awana had begun its first international club. Today, children and youth in more than 100 countries participate in Awana programs, and millions of adults are alumni.
The founders of Awana derived the Awana name from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 of the Bible.

How is our AWANA structured?

Each night of Awana is made up of three equally important segments:

  • Handbook Time
  • Council Time
  • Game Time

In Handbook time clubbers share the sections of their handbooks they have memorized since the previous club meeting. They will be in small groups or one-on-one as they work to memorize and recite their Bible verses to a “listener”.
During Council Time, clubbers learn Bible stories and hear a presentation of the Gospel.
Game Time allows the clubbers to play organized games, learning discipline values, team cooperation, and good sportsmanship.
Parents are always welcome to come and observe their child at Awana.

General Rules

Children are expected to:

  • Be on time.
  • Be in uniform.
  • Bring Handbook, Bible and dues ($0.50 per week).
  • Come prepared to say verses or sections from their handbook.
  • Say all section parts, in one continuous recitation, word perfect. (For example, if a section requires recitation of two verses, both verses must be recited from memory without stopping to study the second verse.)
  • Receive only two helps per section. Helps consist of three words or less.
  • Children may say from two (2) to five (5) sections per night.
  • Clubbers must wear tennis or athletic shoes and socks. Bare feet or exposed toes are not allowed. (Crocs, flip-flops, sandals, or boots pose a safety hazard on the Game Square.)

Note: Parents please ensure that your child is not ill prior to letting them attend Awana Clubs night. We are not staffed or equipped to handle sick children. We will have to contact you to make arrangements to get your sick child home.

How can I help my child with his/her handbook?

Each club night children are encouraged to say sections (sets of memory verses) and learn important guidelines for their life. Hiding God’s Word in their heart is the most important exercise we can encourage our children to do. God uses His word to guide us and as parents, grandparents and other adults with special relationships with the Clubbers we can use the time during the week for study and recitation to share personal understanding and insights with our children on a level that is unique to our relationship with them

How can I help support the AWANA ministry?

  • Volunteer to serve. Service is the means to joy and fulfillment in the Christian life. Even occasionally listening to sections will bless you and the workers in your child’s club.
  • Help your child prepare for club.
  • Pray for the Awana Club, for the children, and for the workers.
  • The children need to be in uniform to complete their sections and receive awards, so help make sure your clubber is in the uniform that corresponds to their age group.
  • Whatever you show an interest in will become valuable to your children. Learn Scripture along with your children, and God will bless you too!
  • Also remind your children to use the restroom before club and leave gum, candy, and toys at home.

How can I help offset costs?

You can give donations for uniforms, books, dues, and supplies scholarships. Scholarships are available for children that need them to purchase uniforms and handbooks or pay dues. The uniform for Cubbies and Sparks is a vest which costs $8.65 for Cubbies and $9.95 for Sparks. The T&T uniform is a T-Shirt which costs about $12.50. We ask parents to contribute at least $20.00 per club year toward the cost of the uniforms, books, awards, Awana Store, supplies, and snacks. The maximum contribution for families with more than two clubbers will be $40.00 per club year.
Note: All FBCF Awana directors, leaders, leaders-in-training, secretaries, and workers are expected to pay their weekly dues and the cost of their uniform shirts.

How do we handle discipline problems in AWANA club?

Discipline is the process of teaching acceptable behavior and self control.
Discipline begins with the opening ceremony (pledges and prayer) and is a part of every aspect of club.
We use the three-count Awana discipline model.
Same club meeting (night)

  1. Verbal Warning about conduct
  2. Leader will talk with clubber about what they did wrong and notify parents or responsible adult as soon as reasonable.
  3. Two leaders will escort the clubber home or to parents and discuss the child’s behavior. Your child is welcome back again when they can behave according to Club rules & expectations. We use lots of positive reinforcement and awards for the progress children make!

Unruly and disruptive clubbers take away from everyone’s experience and cannot be tolerated.

When should my child arrive?

Our church doors open at 4:45 on Sunday evening.

How much does registration cost?

$20 per child, but not to exceed $40 per family. If this is a struggle for your family, please come and talk with our AWANA registration team (Enter through Door #1, main doors). We will be happy to work with you. Registration covers the child’s book and uniform.

How much do dues cost?

$15 per year per child, or 50 cents per week per child. Dues cover any expenses beyond the cost of registration.

What does a typical night in AWANA look like?

First, each child registers himself or herself for the night. Then they will go to the fellowship hall, where they will gather with their own age groups (Cubbies, Sparks, T&T). We say our pledges and pray. Every child eats a meal provided by the church between 5-5:30pm. From 5:30-6:50pm, the children will enter into a rotation of activities that include Large Group Lesson Time, Recreation, and Small Group Bible Study. At 6:50, the children assemble once again in the fellowship hall, where we sing the AWANA song and pray. Children are dismissed to vans and parents at 7pm.

What age group will my child be in?

Cubbies are potty trained, 3 years old to kindergarten. Sparks are kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. T&T (Truth & Training) are 3rd grade through 6th grade.

What is the dress code?

Every child is required to wear close-toed and close-heeled shoes that attach to the feet. Additionally, they should wear attire that is appropriate both for weather and for play. Girls are asked to wear leggings or shorts under dresses and skirts. If you have any questions, please talk to one of our leaders.

Is transportation available?

We provide a van service for children who are potty-trained, ages 4 years old and up. Please call the church office for this service.