Awana at Bayside starts Wednesday, September 14!

Open registration begins September 4. The cost is $30 per child.

Awana at Bayside Baptist Church

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What is Awana?

Awana is an international children’s ministry that Bayside Baptists Church hosts on Wednesday evenings at 6-7:30pm from September through June to help our children become followers of Jesus. The name “Awana” is an acronym that stands for: Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed. It is based on 2 Tim. 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Awana’s goal is to raise up children who know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

What is an Awana club meeting like?

Each Awana meeting includes a Gospel message, a handbook time for children to learn about the Bible and practice Scripture memorization, and a fun time of games and awards to celebrate achievements. Awana is at 6-7:30pm each Wednesday and will run from September to June.

Why Awana?

We believe that Awana helps us raise up the next generation for Christ. That’s why we are so excited about Awana and the impact it can have on our church. The program has been running successfully in churches around the world for over 65 years. The combination of Gospel learning, Scripture memorization, fun, and achievements helps kids learn about Jesus while remaining engaged and excited.

Awana also helps families in our church grow spiritually together. As parents help their children with short handbook lessons throughout the week, kids begin to see their parents as their spiritual guides—which is just what the Bible calls parents to be. And as parents walk through the lessons, they grow spiritually, too!

What role do parents play in Awana?

The Bible tells us that parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you get up.” Awana makes it easy to disciple your kids by providing a handbook for every child. Simply walk through each week’s section in the handbook with your kids during the week.

Parents are also invited to join us on Awana nights to see what your kids are up to, and you’re always welcome to become an Awana leader! For more information, email Michael Feldman at

What are the different clubs?

Puggles are children aged 2-3. They have a leader who shows them special teaching cards and instills in them basic truths about God: God Made Everything, God Saw That It Was Good, God is Love, and Give Thanks.

Cubbies are preschool children aged 3-5. The Cubbies learn about God’s love and his Word through fun stories. As they go through their handbook at home and with their Awana leader, they earn stickers and badges to put on their special Cubbies vests.

Sparks are children in grades K-2nd. The Sparks build a strong foundation for knowing Christ by learning about the people and events of the Bible. They will also have lots of fun during game time and will build a sense of achievement as they earn badges to put on their Sparks vests.

The Truth & Training, or T&T club is for children in grades 3-5th. Truth & Training engages kids as they ask important questions about God and the Bible, guiding them through this pivotal life stage to grow in Christ’s grace.
Awana YM allows middle school and high school students to be a part of Awana, too! Awana YM meets at the same time as children’s Awana on Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm, in the student center. Both middle school and high school students will study Awana’s Trek curriculum.
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