AWANA is intended to be a parent participation programme. We need parents’ help in order to make the AWANA club great. We ask parents to work alongside their children at club night and throughout the week, to ensure we have a strong programme and to maximise discipleship.
For all accepted children, at least one parent will be required to attend a one-time orientation meeting. This will be a teaching and training time where you will learn the purpose of AWANA, the role of the parent in AWANA, and the way to get the most benefit from your child’s AWANA experience.
As AWANA is resource intensive, we would also love to have parents come and help us out. Please read more about the various roles and responsibilities below in an AWANA programme, and prayerfully consider helping the AWANA kids by volunteering your time.
Drop Off/Pick Up
Your child’s safety is very important to us.
Therefore, we are asking that parents of children in Cubbies and Sparks to bring their children inside the building and check them into their clubs when arriving.
Check-in time for all clubbers is 5:30-5:45pm. Unfortunately due to the unavailability of leaders during this time we cannot check in any clubbers before 5:30pm and will ask any that enter the building to wait outside till the correct time.
Again for safety purposes, please come into the church to pick up your children. Please also try to be prompt as many of our leaders also have children of their own who need to get home. If you have a Cubbie, please pick him/her up first.
The bible calls parents to be the primary spiritual influencers of their children.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Please read below to see some practical ways to impress upon your children.
For years leaders have recognised that children who do the best in AWANA programmes have help at home. Please clink on the links for more information on the Role of Parents in Cubbies, Sparks or T&T. There are also online tools available at www.awana.org/parents that will help you help your child with their handbook.
Impress Upon Your Children
So, here are some practical suggestions to “impress upon your children.”
- Let them see you. Share your understanding of who God is and why God matters to you – in a way that reflects the real you. In the same way, share with them that you are learning along with them. And when you need to, find answers to their questions together.
- Don’t limit your conversations on spiritual matters to Church! Let your children know that spiritual matters are important all of the time! This is exactly what the quote from Deuteronomy is talking about: talking about God when you sit at home, when you are going on the roads, when you lie down and when you get up! Spirituality is to be part of an ongoing discussion in your homes, with your families!
- Have you let your children catch you in the act of doing something spiritual? Do you personally have a regular devotional time – where you read the Bible and pray? Have your children experienced that? Don’t forget that your actions will teach your children a lot about your faith – perhaps even more than your words!
- Do you have a family devotional time where you read God’s Word and share concerns and pray for them? Build that habit in your family, so your children learn, “this is what we do as a family. This is who we are, and what we are about.”
- Whatever you do on a daily basis, look for natural occasions to raise spiritual discussion. This make take some intentionality by parents. For example, how do you demonstrate your faith when someone cuts you off on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street? Perhaps, depending on your reaction, this may be a time to discuss the issues of revenge or forgiveness!
- Get involved in ministry and serve together as a family. You can communicate a lot about your faith in Christ by your willingness to serve; by getting involved in ministry.