Valley Bible Church's AWANA Sparks

AWANA Sparks

Our Awana Sparks program, for kindergarteners through second graders, is an opportunity to meet new friends, share Christ, learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition while having lots of fun in the process.

The Bible says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Realizing that children are confronted with more difficult choices than ever before, our Bible-based program seeks to establish them on a firm foundation, which will provide direction for their daily lives.

If your child is new to the Awana program, we would encourage you to read through the Flight 3:16 Entrance Booklet your child will bring home on the first night they visit the club. When this Entrance Booklet is completed you will receive a Sparks uniform.

Club night

Check-in:

Each clubber will need to check in each Sunday at the secretary's table at about 4:25 p.m. (except on "Clubber Recognition" day which is held in the auditorium once a quarter). Please come in uniform and with athletic shoes. We will check the clubbers in and ask them if they attended Sunday School that week. If they brought a friend, please let us know.

Sunday night schedule:

Below is an overview of the Sparks regular schedule:

4:20 - 4:25 PM Check in (Room 201)
4:30 - 4:40 PM Flag Salute, Introductions and Prayer
4:40 - 5:05 PM Book time / Craft
5:05 - 5:15 PM Worship
5:15 - 5:35 PM Green Meadow Time (Devotional)
5:35 - 6:05 PM Game Time
6:15 - 6:30 PM Awards, Prayer





Pick-up:

Parents need to wait for clubbers outside the Sparks' room, which is upstairs in Room 201. Please line up against the west wall and we will dismiss each child as follows:

Red and Blue teams will exit through the north door - 203

Green and Yellow teams will exit through the south door - 201

We have approximately 80+ Sparks and this will help to provide better organization and safety for the children. If you need to talk to a leader or the director, please feel free to enter and do so. Please be patient with us as we always make every attempt to dismiss Sparks on time; however, due to the size of our club and varied activities we may run over a few minutes. This will not be the rule, but the exception, God willing!

Club organization

Our Sparks Club has four teams: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. Your child will be assigned to a team color and will remain on that team throughout the year unless team balancing is necessary. It is important that you encourage your child to participate as a team member and support their team in learning verses and participating in game time as well as other Awana activities. Incentives and earned awards will be given out each week.

We really appreciate the parent's effort in making the Sparks book a devotional at home and a special time for the child. Please help your child accomplish at least 1-2 sections/week and initial the pages your child has completed during the week. Your initials can simply be placed anywhere on the page except the leader's box. A record sheet will be provided for each book so that you can track which sections are done each week. Remember, the maximum section allowed per week is six. Thanks!!!

In order to receive the Review patch, review of the entire book is necessary. "Review Island" (in the back of the book) is done last. This is explained at the back of each handbook.

Awards and prizes

Weekly:

Small incentives will be provided for all Sparks that complete a section each week in addition to earned Awana awards. It is important that once the clubber has earned their vest, they wear it to club each night, unless other wise instructed, because most of their awards will be placed on the vest. Individuals and one color team will be selected each week for cooperative, respectful, loving, Christian character. We will also be giving team prizes for good sportsmanship on a monthly basis. If there are any allergies we need to know about, please inform the leader and secretaries ASAP.

Quarterly:

Once a quarter we will be meeting first in the auditorium to recognize the Sparks during the Clubber Recognition night. We encourage parents to attend to support the children. Note: Check in will be done in the foyer of the main auditoriium. All Sparks will be required to sit together in the sanctuary for this presentation. Any parent or family member may join them or sit in the rear.

End of Year:

Awards night in May, plan to attend and support your Sparky! Ribbons will be awarded to all Sparks who complete the first handbook - "Hang Glider" & the second handbook - "Wing Runner." Plaques will be given to those who have completed the "Sky Stormer" handbook. Remember, review is not required; it is another opportunity to get an extra patch and Sparky pins are given to those who complete the extra credit cards. In addition, we will award "Christian Character Trait" awards.

Special Events:

We like to take the clubbers on several field trips throughout the year. We usually go to Apollo Park, a pumpkin patch, caroling at a retirement home, Easter outreach at the park, and the bowling alley. For some of these outings we will collect small amounts of money to purchase supplies (eg: pumpkins to decorate, slipper socks for retirees, etc.)

Once again, we will be conducting our annual Bible Jamboree (Quizzing), Sparks Games and AWANA Grand Prix. Trophies, medals and ribbons will be awarded. We also hope to participate in worship for the congregation and elderly at nursing homes when possible.