Cubbies and Sparks(Grades K-2) meet at Community Bible Church – Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Truth and Training (Grades 3-6) meets at the Lincoln School gym on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
AWANA is an outreach ministry of Community Bible Church that involves children age three through grade six. This ministry helps children to grow physically, socially, and spiritually. Currently the Cubbies (pre-K) and Sparks (grades K-2) meet in the basement at CBC; the Truth N Training (grades 3-6) meet at the Lincoln School gym a few blocks away.
The Sparks join T N T clubbers for the Grand Prix and Carnival (explained below), but the Cubbies always meet at CBC. All groups participate in Awards Night (explained below) at the end of the year. Meetings take place Wednesday evenings from September into April with recess for certain holidays. Each evening begins for the clubbers at 6:30 and lasts until 8:00. The evenings are divided into three parts: game time, council time, and handbook time. The games vary greatly from week to week. These are designed for four teams, and many require the AWANA game circle. The goal is to have everyone involved.
Council time is used for a Bible lesson, singing, and for handing out awards that the clubbers have earned. These Bible lessons may explain the way of salvation, or teach how to live a life honoring to God, or both. Handbook time is really the core of AWANA. Each clubber works through a handbook at his or her own pace. The goal is to finish one book per year. The lessons focus on Scripture memory, but there are also Bible studies and other projects.
Special events during the year include:
- Bike-a-Walk-a-Thon—a fund raiser for the AWANA missionary, Jeff Kessler (www.awanakessler.com), who serves all of Montana and part of Wyoming.
- Several auctions during the year in which clubbers can buy items with the AWANA bucks they have earned through being present, finishing sections in their handbook, bringing friends, etc. Sparks and Cubbies have their own reward system.
- Several Bible quizzes in which our clubbers quiz against each other based on content in their handbooks; also a few clubbers compete against other clubbers on the state level in a quiz held elsewhere.
- Grand Prix for which clubbers design and build pine derby cars; trophies are awarded for speed and for design.
- Carnival at which staff members set up booths with a variety of games for which clubbers can earn candy or other rewards.
- Awards Night ends the year with a celebration of all the clubbers have accomplished. It is a special evening with a guest speaker and social time.