UPDATE *The start of our Awana Program for the 2020-2021 year is now: October 28, 6:30pm Awana is a weekly Wednesday evening program (usually Sept.-May) for children age 3 through 6th grade, which focuses on evangelism and discipleship. Awana actively involves parents, church leaders, and mentors. All children are invited to join the Cubbies (age 3-PreK), Sparks (K-2nd), and the Truth and Trainers (3rd-6th) for an epic adventure in faith!
History For nearly 60 years, Awana has been a leader in children’s ministry, helping churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ.
Awana began as a children’s program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago in 1941. Lance Latham, North Side’s senior pastor, collaborated with the church’s youth director, Art Rorheim, to develop weekly clubs that would appeal to churched and unchurched kids, lead them to trust Christ for salvation and grow them in enduring faith and service to God.
In 1950, Latham and Rorheim founded Awana as a parachurch organization. By 1960, 900 churches had started Awana programs. By 1972 Awana had begun its first international club. Today, children and youth in more than 100 countries participate in Awana programs, and millions of adults are alumni.
The founders of Awana derived the Awana name from the first letters of Approved workmen are not ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 in the Bible.
Today, more than 12,000 U.S. churches run Awana with programs in all 50 states. Awana can also be found in over 6,000 churches in 109 other countries. For more information, contact our church office: email@example.com