Posts Tagged ‘Handbook’

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.

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!

“Can I Go First?” Creating Order During Handbook Time

Every clubber wants to be the first to say their sections…

Or maybe the same clubber asks each week to be the first in line.

Try these methods to create order in your handbook group:

*Bring a bag or envelope with numbered slips inside.  Each week clubbers draw from the bag to choose a number.  Number 1 recites sections first, number 2 next, so on.

*Keep a list with a rotating schedule on it:  Clubber A went first this week, next week they move to second position.

Be sure to spend several minutes with each clubber in your group.  Help them work on memorizing a section or understanding the meaning of a verse.