Saturday, May 8, 2010

Awana Closing Program

Awana is a Bible program for children. Our church has had it for the last 12 years or so. AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. It features Bible lessons and memorization, games, and some crafts and sometimes a snack. Our chapel runs our program from 3 year old Cubbies through the high school Journey program. It has really been a good thing. I think that this year we had about 70-75 children a week. Only about 1/3 came from our chapel. It has been a good outreach.

This is Cherry, like the fruit. One of the first posts I ever wrote was about her. Yes, she helps out at AWANA also. She enjoys hearing the children recite their verses. This lady gives some of the best hugs in the world. She is also a great encourager. It is hard to believe she is in her eighties. She still really sparkles.

At the end of the year we have a closing program that features dinner and presentations by and to the children. Here Lois and Joanne work hard at getting the spaghetti dinner ready to serve up. Lots of people pitched in to make it happen.

The men did a lot of organizing and carrying.

We set up tables in the main auditorium. Every seat at every table was filled with clubbers and their families. There was not any spots for the helpers to sit down although some seats did double duty. There was plenty of food though. Up in front was where all the presentations were made. Each group was brought up and the rewards for completing their books was given.

Thomas was given his Journey Milestone award.
(This is his cheesy politician smile)

T-Bob also got his reward. Actually all the children in our family completed their books, I just didn't get pictures.
It was a great evening and an excellent turn-out. It wsa great to think about how much Bible memorization was represented by all the children's awards.

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