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What is AWANA? 

The acronym AWANA comes from the first letters of the phrase "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Founded in 1950 , the AWANA ministry is:

  • An international, non-denominational Bible-centered children's and youth ministry.
  • Committed to the evangelism and discipleship of children and youth.
  • Effective at getting the gospel into the homes of unsaved families
  • Focused on missions.

The AWANA ministry embraces five principles:

  1. AWANA is centered on the gospel.
  2. Scripture memory is a key element.
  3. AWANA is exciting and fun.
  4. Children and youth are trained to serve.
  5. AWANA is built on volunteer leadership.

Who can attend? 

Cubbies (for the children of AWANA leaders only) Two years prior to Kindergarten
Sparks K–2nd Grade
T&T Girls 3rd–6th Grade
T&T Boys 3rd–6th Grade
Trek 7th–8th Grade
Journey 9th–12th Grade

What happens at AWANA? 

An AWANA Club meeting consist of three parts:

  • Game Time, with team competition and lots of fun.
  • Large Group Time, with Bible lesson and music.
  • Handbook Time, with Scripture memorization where the children earn achievements and awards.

In addition, other activities, such a Bible Quiz, AWANA Grand Prix, Sparks-a-Rama, AWANA Games and a week-long Summer Camp are a part of the AWANA Program. These are all important aspects of our AWANA Club.

Who works with my children? 

Trained adult volunteers work in all of our clubs. All volunteers go through a background check. We require that all volunteers go through AWANA Orientation & Training. In addition, youth who aspire to serve others as a Student Leader in AWANA can be involved.

How much will it cost? 

We ask that all clubbers pay dues of $35.00 per year. We ask that you pay for the full year at the beginning of the year, if possible. The dues are used to pay for awards that the clubbers earn, for their handbook and uniform, and for incentives for the clubbers throughout the year.

Please note: We want all clubbers to be able to have the books and uniforms. If the cost of these would impose a financial hardship on your family, call the AWANA Commander or talk to any of the Directors. Financial help is available.

When does AWANA meet? 

Club for Kindergarten through 6th grade meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Trek and Journey meet on Monday nights from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All Clubs meet at:

South Hill Bible Church
958 E. 29th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99203
(509) 838-2242

When picking up your children from AWANA at 8:30 p.m., please come inside to get your children. There is too much traffic in the parking lot to have your children wait for you outside. For the safety of all, please park and come inside the church to pick up your children.

How do we sign up? 

There is a registration form and medical release that needs to be signed by the parents and returned with the child when he/she comes to AWANA on Wednesday or Monday night.

Forms for yourself or a friend may be obtained from the AWANA Secretaries at check-in, or from the Commander or a Director.

How can I help? 

Want to be a part of an exciting outreach with abundant rewards? Be a leader! A leader is responsible for 4–6 children, helping them memorize Scripture and understand the Bible, and also encouraging them in Game Time and Large Group Time. A leader works under the direction of the club Director for a particular age group. The following are some requirements for becoming an AWANA leader:

  1. You have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
  2. You are walking with the Lord. As you are a role model for the children, you are expected to demonstrate honesty, purity, clean speech, modesty, obedience to authority and respect for others.
  3. You are growing in your relationship with the Lord, reading the Bible, praying and attending church regularly.
  4. You endeavor to present an attractive attitude to the kids by exhibiting patience and are gentle but firm in your standards.
  5. You desire to expand God's kingdom through reaching the next generation with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.
  6. AWANA Training & Orientation will be provided for you.  For additional details and information contact the AWANA Commander at the number below.

Who do I call? 

Daryl Van Liew, AWANA Commander
(509) 838-2242