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Are You Taking Your Bible for Granted?

BBC News, on Aug. 14, 2009, reported the death of Kimani Nganga Maruge, age 90. Kimani held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person, at age 84, to start elementary school. He explained that he never had the opportunity to go to school when he was younger, and that he wanted to go school to learn how to read the Bible. Wow! I imagine we sometimes take for granted our ability to read God’s Word.

Voice of the Martyrs reports that, on June 10, 2009, Shi Weihan was sentenced to three years in prison for violating “the regulations of the state in printing illegal publications”.  Shi was a Christian bookstore owner whose company printed Bibles for Chinese Christians. Police removed over 140,000 Bibles from his printing offices (www.persecution.com). The Bible has been declared illegal in many countries. Do we take our Bibles for granted?

We all have Bibles, probably more than one. Different translations, study Bibles, travel-size Bibles. Most of the boys and girls in Awana probably have Bibles, and if they don’t, the church will give them one.

Referring to the Bible, Pastor Greg Alderman, while speaking at the 2009 IFCA Youth Convention, said, “Many of you this moment hold in your hands the greatest collection of human words ever assembled.  They are more than an amazing collection of words – they are exact phrases, words, ideas, concepts, stories, poetry, history, prophecy, parables, accounts, descriptions, lists, genealogies, records and commands that the Living God of the universe wanted mankind to possess – and I ask – Is it inside you?”

We need to not only get God’s Word inside us, but also thank God for people like Kimani Nganga Maruge  and Shi Weihan who love His Word and remind us not to take it for granted.  ~Laurie P

“I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word(Psalm 119:16).

“The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:72).

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Safety Reminders

Here’s a quick review of safety policies for HCC:

Emergency Situations and Evacuations:  remind yourself of the evacuation plan for the rooms you are in on Wednesday evenings.  Remember to take the kids you’re in charge of and meet outside the building; the leader in charge of your child will bring your child to the meeting area.

Restroom Procedures:  Clubbers need to take a buddy to the restroom with them.  Remind them to return right away.  If an adult needs to be the buddy, we ask that you check the restroom for others, then wait outside the restroom for your clubber.

Parking Lot Safety:  Beware of kids dashing around the parking lot.  As spring fever hits and energy levels rise, we need to be especially careful to watch for kids as we drive.

Lock Down Procedures:  Hoping we never have this situation, we still need to be prepared to protect our children in case of emergency.  Know and review the lockdown procedures for HCC.

Speaking to Clubbers:  Working with children is a joy, yet they have their challenging moments.  If you find yourself frustrated by a child’s behavior, ask another leader to step in for you.  We are  role models for all clubbers and want them to see us treating each other with gentleness and with respect.

Drop Off and Pick Up:  Parents need to come in to the building and pick up their children.  Exceptions are allowed if the parent and leader have talked about an alternative.

If you have any questions, please talk to your director, the commander, or pastor.

Bring-A-Friend Alternatives

The purpose of Awana is to share the gospel with boys and girls so they can hear about God’s love for them.  Each handbook has a “bring a friend” section.    While we’d like clubbers to bring a friend to club and enjoy the experience of an Awana night, sometimes it doesn’t work out.  

Here are some club approved alternatives:

  • Ask friends that you have invited, but are unable to come, to sign their name on a paper.  Tape this paper into your handbook on the Bring A Friend section. (3 friends for Sparks, 5 friends for T&T)
  • Write Awana Invitation postcards to friends (ask the secretary for some).  Bring the addressed cards to Awana for your leader to see, then mail them.
  • Bring friends to Sunday School or another program at church.  Have your parent put a note in your handbook stating the event name and date.
  • Wear your uniform to school and explain Awana to anyone who asks about it.  Have your parent or teacher sign a note stating the day you wore your uniform.
  • Write a letter to a friend explaining what Awana is.  Give a sample salvation message and in invitation to Awana.  Bring the letter, with a stamped envelope so your leader can read it and them mail it to your friend.

Our Purpose

Our Theme Song:  Building Lives on the Word of God, Awana Stands. 

Every week we have the privilege of joining God where He is at work, bringing up a new generation.  We have the joy of being a part of that faith building experience.    Because you’re here as a leader helper, five or six children can be here as part of our Christian community.

Our Motto:  Because Kids Matter to God

Each child is an image bearer of Christ and needs to know that God loves them, each and every one is precious to Him.  These children are our future, the faith leaders of tomorrow.

Our Goal:  To reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, and train them to serve Him.

Reading, hearing, memorizing God’s Word has eternal value.  It is the most important thing in life, it gives life…it gives eternal life.

As you ponder these thoughts, I hope it will refresh you this week and remind you of the greater purpose of our Awana Club — God’s love, for you, for each child. 

Blessings to you this week.

Helping Clubbers Memorize

Memorizing Scripture can be like putting together a puzzle.  Contecting the words in just the right way, remembering the reference, and getting all the pieces to fit can be a challenge. 

Here are some ideas, for a variety of ages, to help your clubbers memorize their sections:

  • Have the child make flash cards
  • Ask the child to teach you the section
  • Print the first letter of each word in a verse on an index card.  As the child uses the letters as a clue, they are actually memorizing the verse
  • Have the child use a small white board to write out the verse.  They can then erase a word at a time as they memorize the Scripture
  • Bounce a ball, saying one word of the section on each bounce
  • Write the verses on a 3×5 card, write the reference on the back, play a memory game by flipping over the cards

Handbook Time Helps

Here are a few suggestions for making sure you make the most of handbook time:

  • Start your group in prayer.  A short prayer will help set the tone and remind clubbers that God is their helper.
  • Spend time with each clubber.  If they don’t have a section prepared, take a few moments to work through a verse together.
  • Help your clubbers understand the Scripture, not just recite the words.
  • Encourage your clubbers to help each other with their sections.
  • Use incentives, like stickers or small toys to occupy their hands.
  • Clubbers should be in control, working on their verse, coloring, or talking quietly.

Handbook time passes quickly but is so important!

Silly String Night

This is an incentive night theme.  For the last three weeks, clubbers who have had a section signed off get them name put into a “hat”.  This week during game time, we’ll draw names from the “hat”.  Those clubbers will get to spray a leader with a can of silly string.

We’ve never tried this before but expect it to be a big hit.  Hopefully clubbers have