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Heartland AWANA handbook 2016-17

Heartland Evangelical Free Church

 1620 19th Street
Central City, NE 68826
(308) 946-2595

Parent and Clubber Information

Dear Parents:

We are happy to have your child in the AWANA Program.  We count it a privilege to partner with you in training your child to know God’s Word and to live in a way that honors Him.

The name AWANA is an acronym for the words Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.  This is based on II Timothy 2:15 which reads, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

The key tool used in the AWANA Program is scripture memory.  Each child begins in AWANA by working through an entrance test appropriate to his or her age level.  Please encourage your child to learn each section word perfect.  This will help them to get maximum benefit from God’s Word and it makes our job as leaders much easier when the clubbers are well prepared.  At Heartland Church we have 5 distinct AWANA Clubs:

  • Infants (For those whose parent(s) are volunteering with AWANA and who are on the premises)
  • Puggles (Ages 2 and 3)
  • Cubbies (Preschool – for children 1 and 2 years away from Kindergarten and must be potty trained)
  • Sparks (K-2nd grade boys & girls)
  • T&T Ultimate Adventure (3rd and 4th grades)
  • T&T Ultimate Challenge (5th and 6th grades)

Children in the AWANA Program will have the opportunity to pass one handbook for each year they are in club.  The handbooks are broken down into various sections of scripture memory, Bible study, and activity sections.  You are encouraged to look through your child’s handbook as soon as they get it so you can be aware of their progress through the year and help pace them through it.

The AWANA uniform gives your child a place to display their handbook awards. The Puggle uniform is a little T-shirt (no awards to display). The Cubbie Uniform is a blue vest and the Spark uniform is a red vest. The Truth & Training (T&T) uniforms consist of a green T-shirt embroidered with the T&T logo for the Ultimate Adventure (3rd & 4th Grades), and the T&T Ultimate Challenge (5th & 6th grades) is a blue and white jersey style shirt. Awards are displayed to distinguish which rank each child is in.

The Heartland Church AWANA Club is held (almost) every Wednesday evening from September 7 through April beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. Children may be dropped off as early as 6:15, but please NO EARLIER. There will be no supervision and we cannot allow children to wander around alone. Special theme nights are held at various times throughout the year.  Parents are welcome to join us at any time.

Thank you for allowing your child to be a part of AWANA this year.  We appreciate the commitment you make as parents to transport your children to and from AWANA; helping them prepare their verses; praying for our AWANA Club; and supporting AWANA through the payment of the registration fee.  If you ever have questions or concerns about AWANA, please contact the church office (308-946-2595) or the pastor or commander listed  below.  We pray that God will honor our efforts to have a positive impact for eternity on each child who comes to AWANA!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nathan Musgrave, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, at 308-946-2595
Drew Schreiber, AWANA Commander, at 402-630-3480

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH AWANA

There are several practical things you as a parent can do to help your child get the most out of AWANA.  We hope you will read the following list and prayerfully consider how you may be able to help your child in AWANA.

  • Bring your child to club on time (but no sooner than 6:15). This ensures their participation during the opening ceremony (Sparks and T&T) and helps set the tone for the rest of the club night.
  • Make sure your child wears their complete uniform to club and help them to display their awards appropriately.
  • Help them to remember to bring both their Bible and their handbook each week.
  • Help your child prepare for club each week by spending time with them working on their handbook sections at home. You may want to learn some of the verses with them to show them that God’s Word is important in your life too!
  • Feel free to come to AWANA with your child as a visitor anytime. We’d love to have you visit our club.
  • Encourage your child throughout the club year and help pace them through their book so they can complete their handbook before the end of the club year.
  • Get to know your child’s handbook workers and let them know if they can be of any help to you.
  • Please have your child wear proper footwear suitable for running.
  • Sparks and T&T Clubbers are to go directly to the sanctuary to sit in their color row. Sign-in for Infants, Puggles, and Cubbies will be done outside of their rooms in the north hall.
  • Walking from one activity to the next will be done in an orderly fashion; clubbers following their leader single file.
  • No running in the halls.
  • All clubbers must remain inside the building (only exceptions being group activities outside like, for example, the Puggles going on a walk with their leaders).
  • A “5-count” is used by the Commander and Directors to get all the children to STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN. It can be reinforced with incentives and positive peer pressure.
  • There are occasions in which a “3-Count” may be used with a clubber. The “3-Count” is administered by a Club Director or Commander in the following manner:
  • #1 – Warning
  • #2 – The child is taken aside and counseled (privately, but in plain view of others) by the disciplinarian (usually Pastor Nathan Musgrave)
  • #3 – A parent is contacted (typically the father). A meeting is also encouraged between parent(s) and pastor in which hearts, behavior, and discipline are discussed. If you have any questions about your child’s behavior during club on any given night, please contact their Club’s Director or our Club Commander.

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP INFORMATION

Please drop off your children at AWANA between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m (no sooner). If you are the parent of a Spark, Cubbie, Puggle, or Infant, we ask you to walk them to their class and “hand them over” to a volunteer. We will try to be prompt in ending our club night at 8:00 p.m.  Please pick up your child no later than 8:10.  Puggles, Cubbies and Sparks must be signed out of their classroom by a parent unless other arrangements have been made beforehand. Upon sign-out, each child will receive a red AWANA stamp on their hand. Please help your children show their stamp to Pastor Nathan as they leave the building. T&Ters will be dismissed promptly at 8:00 and are free to walk home or whatever method was decided upon by parent and child before club. If you are not comfortable with your T&Ter being dismissed without parent pick-up at room, please contact Drew Schreiber at (402) 630-3480. Sparks will be signed out of the Fellowship Hall (upstairs) and Infants, Puggles, and Cubbies will be in their same rooms as drop-off.

 SECURITY

We have one to two men roaming the church each week, monitoring entrances, exits, and other activity. Their priority is the safety of your child(ren). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the office – 308-946-2595.

COMMUNICATION

There are several ways we strive to communicate with you as parents.   One of the main ways is through notes that are sent home with your clubber.  Realizing that those notes often don’t make it home, we also send out emails for reminders or notices.

ILLNESS/COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If your child stayed home from school because of an illness/disease or other health-related reasons, we request they not be sent to AWANA that evening, reducing the possibility of infecting others.  These diseases include:  the H1N1 Virus, Pink eye, chicken pox, pneumonia, scabies, measles, whooping cough, ringworm, head lice, mumps, pinworms, impetigo, strep throat, fever, vomiting and diarrhea, etc. We also ask that your child be fever free (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours. If you have any questions, please contact the AWANA Commander.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS

If Central City public schools do not have school, AWANA will be cancelled. In addition, any other cancellations will be publicized via email.

BRINGING A FRIEND (Sparks and T&T Clubs)

Your child may bring a friend any club night.  We will make every effort to keep the clubber and friend together throughout the night (as long as the friend is age-appropriate for the class the clubber is in).

UNIFORMS AND HANDBOOKS

If a child has never been to AWANA before or has moved up to a new club, s/he will complete an entrance booklet. After that, or if a child has already completed the entrance booklet in a previous year, the clubber will receive his/her uniform and book. We only ask that a clubber pays $20 at registration; this will cover of one uniform (if needed) and one book during that Awana year. If a child loses a book (or earns a second or third in the same year), parents are asked to buy the extra book(s). Also, if a uniform is lost, parents are asked to pay for a new uniform and any awards your clubber had earned and needs replaced. The registration fee is still relevant even if a clubber has his/her uniform and book from a previous year as there are other costs including awards and events to offset.    If AWANA expenses are a hardship for your family, please notify the Commander or any directors and they will discuss with you the possibility of financial assistance.

 

A NOTE TO THE Puggle PARENTS…

Puggles is designed for those children ages 2 and 3. Puggles begins at 6:30 and ends promptly at 8:00 p.m.  As a safety precaution, we require parents to pick up Puggles; an older sibling or other adult my not pick up a Puggle unless other arrangements have been made in writing or over the phone to an Awana leader, preferably Drew Schreiber. You must sign your child out of Puggles upon pick-up.

A NOTE TO THE CUBBIE PARENTS…

Cubbies is a program designed for children in the two years prior to Kindergarten.  Our purpose is to help boys and girls take their next steps on a lifelong spiritual journey. In the Bible, parents are commanded to teach their children about God’s ways… in routine activities… passing along their faith, little by little, day by day. Each week, preschoolers learn about God, the greatness of His love and His Word, and about Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Although we provide Bible-centered activities to help children begin to build a solid understanding of Christianity at an early age, Cubbies is unique because it supports parents as the primary source of spiritual nurturing. By working directly with your child on the weekly handbook lessons, you can become an active participant in your child’s spiritual development.  The Cubbie Program is based on the following Biblical principles.

I am a sinner…

Sin is anything contrary to the nature of God. Every person is born a sinner, and every person commits sin. God is holy and hates sin. Because He is just, He must punish sin. The punishment for sin is death – eternal separation from God’s love. God’s Word says: … all have sinned … (Romans 3:23); For the wages of sin is death … (Romans 6:23a)

I am incapable of saving myself…

Because I am born in sin, no action of mine can accomplish anything toward my salvation. I cannot get to heaven by being good, attending church, praying or anything else. I am helpless and unable to make myself worthy of heaven. God says: He saved us, not because of righteous (good) things we had done … (Titus 3:5a)

Only God can save me because only God is sinless…
God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be my Savior by paying the penalty of death for my sin in my place. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

My salvation was accomplished on the cross…

Jesus paid for all my sin by dying, shedding His blood and rising from the grave. His blood paid my penalty. His resurrection defeated death. He is now in heaven, interceding for me before God.  For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God… (1 Peter 3:18a)

I can only be saved by trusting that what Jesus Christ did on the cross is sufficient to save me…

Believing is trusting what God did for me. I can add nothing to my salvation. When I believe that His death was a complete payment for me, He gives me eternal life. … Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved … (Acts 16:31).  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. (John 3:36)

Once I am saved, I am saved for eternity…

Once saved, I cannot lose my salvation. No creature or thing can take it away from me. I cannot lose it by any action of my own. God says: … I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. (John 10:28) For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Cubbies Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. each Wednesday.  Cubbies should go directly to their room after sign-in. Parents, please come to the Cubbie room promptly at 8:00 to pick up your child. As a safety precaution, we require parents to pick up a child; an older sibling or other adult my not pick up a Cubbie unless other arrangements have been made in writing or over the phone to an Awana leader, preferably Drew Schreiber. You must sign your child out of Cubbies upon pick-up.

We had a great turn out last year, which we are thankful for, but space restrictions may be a concern in the future. We did not have to turn anyone away last year, and while we do not foresee turning any away any this year, we do reserve the right to limit the number of registrations we will accept during the current club year. In order to register, all children must be 3 by the first night of club and potty trained.

A NOTE TO THE SPARKS PARENTS…

Sparky welcomes all Kindergarten through 2nd graders to another exciting year of AWANA.  All children who are new to Sparks will begin the Flight3:16 entrance booklet.  The Flight3:16 usually takes two weeks to complete and is a set of two simple steps to get you started:

  • Come to Sparks two nights
  • Learn John 3:16

Although we encourage all clubbers to pre-register before our Registration/Open House, it is not necessary. On the first handbook night, clubbers will get to meet their Handbook Workers and begin to work on their Flight3:16 or handbook.

All Sparks must be picked up at their game room (the Fellowship Hall upstairs) by a parent; an older sibling or other adult my not pick up a Spark unless other arrangements have been made in writing or over the phone to an Awana leader, preferably Drew Schreiber. You must sign your child out of Sparks upon pick-up.

A NOTE TO THE TRUTH & TRAINING (T&T) PARENTS…

Welcome! If your child is a 3rd or 4th grader and is new to the club, they will need to pass the Ultimate Adventure Start Zone Entrance Booklet.  All 5th and 6th graders new to the Ultimate Challenge will need to complete the Ultimate Challenge Start Zone.  After passing the corresponding Start Zone, they will then be eligible to receive their uniform and handbook.

We will continue presenting awards to the Clubbers upon completion of their Discovery Sections.  Just a reminder that we will only be giving 2 helps per section, not per verse. This is the standard for AWANA clubs.

 

TRUTH & TRAINING AND SPARKS WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Still To Come

Sparks, Cubbies, Puggles, and Infants MUST be signed out by a parent; an older sibling or other adult my not pick up a Spark, Cubbie, Puggle, or Infant unless other arrangements have been made in writing or over the phone to an Awana leader, preferably Drew Schreiber. You must sign your child out of Sparks upon pick-up. Drew’s number is: (402) 630-3480.
               

AWANA CLUBS CALENDAR

Important Dates and Special Event Nights

August 28th—Registration/Open House September 7th—First night of AWANA at Heartland Church

October 26th- Trunk or Treat Night

November 16th- Canned Food Drive

November 23rd- NO CLUB

December 14th- Christmas Party

December 23rd- NO CLUB

December 28th- NO CLUB

January 4th- Is it 2017 already?? (Bring Something New)

January 25th- Pajama Night

February 8th- Wear a Heart Night

March 8th- NO CLUB

March 15th- Hat Night

April 12th- NO CLUB

April 19th- Review Night (Last Night to Say Verses)

April 26th- Awards Night (Everyone Meet in the Sanctuary- BRING YOUR PARENTS)

THE AWANA STATEMENT OF FAITH

 THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is supernaturally inspired, so that it is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God in its verbal and plenary inspiration, so that it is a divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life. (Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;   2 Peter 1:21)

GOD

We believe in one God that eternally exists and reveals Himself in three persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – having each the same nature, attributes and perfections, worthy of the same worship and confidence. (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 1:1-2, 14, 10:30, 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14) We believe in God as absolute and sole Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and that creation was by divine command, from nothing and not through an evolutionary process. (John 1:3, 10; Acts 17:24-25; Genesis 1:1)  We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Christ into the world to save sinners. (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 4:14)

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ was fully God in the flesh and fully man, that He was born of a virgin and that He lived a sinless life, in which He taught and performed mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels. We believe that He was crucified, shed His blood, died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day. Forty days later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is Head of the Church and intercedes for believers. From there He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Hebrews 1:1-2, 7:25; Luke 1:30-35; Ephesians 4:8; John 1:1-5, 10-14, 14:3; Colossians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:3,11; Revelation 20:4)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God, possessing all the divine attributes. He convicts of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation, filling them in response to yieldedness with the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ. (John 3:5, 16:7-11;      Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13)

MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. We believe that all men are morally corrupt, and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

SALVATION
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works and that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:5, 6:23, 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 2:8-9)

THE CHURCH

We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ; that they are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head; and are commissioned for the God-given tasks of worshiping, fellowshipping, teaching, evangelizing and exercising the spiritual gifts (Acts 2:42,47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe that the local church is autonomous and free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

THE ORDINANCES

We believe the ordinances for the believer are water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as a memorial. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation. But both of which are an evidence of obedience and fellowship with the Lord. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12, 35-38; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

We believe that a Christian should walk in holiness and not after the flesh, with the goal of being conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a new creation, walking in the Spirit, the Christian learns to grow in faith, in obedience to Scripture, in prayer, in fellowship with the saints and in a life of service. We believe that the Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to have his life evaluated according to his deeds. (Galatians 5:16-26; Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:20-24; Hebrews 11:6, 12:1-2; John 17:17; Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

THE SECOND COMING

We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting glory and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Titus 2:11-13; John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Peter 3:10)