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Ministries - Cubbies - T & T - Trek – Journey
(3 year olds thru 12th grade)

AWANA means Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed from 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

We offer the following clubs: Cubbies for pre-kindergarten, Sparks for kindergarten-2nd grade, T & T for 3rd-6th grade, and Journey for 7th-12th grade.

Club nights start with 6:15 check-in time. Opening prayer and worship begin at 6:25. Large group is at 6:31. Small group/games 6:56-7:55.

Awana has continued to improve the handbooks our children use to encourage them to keep growing in their faith and knowledge of Christ beyond their time with us. This years focus was Cubbies and we are very excited about the positive changes that have been made including a CD that comes with each handbook to help our Cubbies remember their verses where ever they are. There are parents pages that do need to be read and signed. We will have contest incentives again this year to encourage consistent daily quiet time with God and working on their memory verses.

Contact Scott or Deb Hanson,co- commanders of Kids for Christ Awana, at 608-432-8839. 

We follow the 5 principles of Awana:

  • Awana is centered on the gospel

  • Scripture memory is key

  • Awana is exciting and fun

  • Children and youth are trained to serve

  • Awana is built on strong leadership

We do this through:

  • Large Group Time:

    consists of praise and worship, Bible teaching, awards, announcements, and a presentation of God's plan of salvation.

  • Game Time:

    is comprised of exciting circle games exclusive to Awana that are a popular draw for churched and non-churched children alike.

  • Handbook Time:

    provides small-group interaction and recitation of Scripture that kids learned during the week. It also features friendship building and opportunities for leaders to mentor children and help them understand the Bible verses they learn. The handbooks are purchased through Awana.

The Cubbies (ages 3 through pre-kindergarten)

curriculum features two handbooks. Both are written in a fun, storybook style with read-aloud stories and lovable characters that appeal to preschoolers.

The AppleSeed and HoneyComb handbooks combine basic Scripture memory with parent-child activities to help Cubbies grasp simple biblical truths. Each Cubbies handbook contains a helpful review CD to use at home. One handbook is completed in a club year. Each handbook contains twenty-six Bear Hug sections along with four special-day sections.

Sparks (kindergarten through 2nd grade)

curriculum is comprised of three handbooks. Each handbook builds a foundation of biblical wisdom through memory verse drills, crafts, activities and review of key doctrine and Bible facts. 

Before working in the first handbook, HangGlider (Genesis through Joshua), all newcomers to Sparks will complete an entrance booklet – Flight 3:16 – that centers on the gospel message of John 3:16. WingRunner (Judges through the birth of Christ) and SkyStormer (ministry of Christ through Revelation) handbooks challenge Sparkies to learn about fifteen more verses than the preceding book.

Each handbook includes an audio CD with readings of all the Bible biographies, memory verses and character stories featuring Sparky the Firefly and his friends Chloe, Jacob and Joel.

T&T Ultimate Adventure™

teaches third and fourth-graders that salvation in Christ is the ultimate adventure.

Kids in T&T learn that the Bible is true and they can firmly trust what it says. Each Ultimate Adventure handbook answers four questions about God and the Bible that third and fourth-graders frequently ask. Clubbers learn eight answers to each of these questions along with verses to back up these answers. The handbooks include Bible studies and activities that allow children to go deeper into the subject matter. Before working in a handbook, kids new to T&T complete a short booklet that explains God's plan of salvation.

T&T Ultimate Challenge™

trains fifth and sixth-graders that walking faithfully with Christ is the ultimate challenge.

Each Ultimate Challenge handbook answers four questions about God and the Bible that preteens typically ask. Kids learn eight answers to each of these questions, memorizing verses that back up the answers. Bible studies, activities and service opportunities take them further into the subject matter. Before working in a handbook, kids new to T&T complete a short booklet that explains God's plan of salvation.


challenges middle-school students to consider their destiny in Christ and pursue it through life application of God's Word.

Samples of all the curriculum are available either at Grace Bible Church or found online at


Journey® establishes high school students as lifelong disciples through a deep study of God's Word, mobilizing them to live with godly perspective and evident faith. Four complete years' worth of material supports your 9th-12th grade high-school ministry. 

UPCOMING AWANA EVENTS/SCHEDULE – 6:15 check-in time, opening prayer and worship begin at 6:25, large group is at 6:31 and small group/games at 6:56-7:55, then 7:56-8:05 is awards, announcements and closing prayer.

Club dues are: $18 for 1 child/$30 per family, $9 for each book, $10 for uniforms. (These are waived for those who find this to be a hardship.) 

There is no club on nights we are in a winter storm warning or school (Portage, Westfield, Montello, or Wisconsin Dells) is cancelled/let out early due to winter weather.

2019/20 AWANA Schedule:
September 25 - Awana shirts
October 2 - Shoe Fly Night (wear craziest/ugliest shoes)
October 9 - Card Night (bring a card for those homebound or in a nursing home)
October 16 - 70’s Disco Night
October 19 - Bonfire @ Hanson’s for 6th-12th graders
October 23 Operation Christmas Child (OCC)
October 30 - Bible Hero Night
October 31 - Trunk or Treat Night
November 6 - Awana shirts
November 13 - End of OCC
November 20 - Count Your Blessings (wear something with a number on it)
November 27 - Happy Thanksgiving/Invisible Night
December 4 - Awana shirts
December 11 - Nerd Night
December 18 - PJ/Stuffed Animal Night
December 25 - Merry Christmas/Invisible Night
January 1 - Happy New Year/Invisible Night
January 8 - JUMBO Night (supersized games and fun)
January 15 - Family Potluck - progress report on book completion
January 22 - Beach/Luau Night
January 29 - Crazy Hair Night
February 5 - Plaid & Polka Dot Night
February 12 - Twin Night (bring a friend dressed alike)
February 19 - Awana shirts
February 26 - PB&J Night (bring peanut butter or jelly for food pantry)
March 4 - Awana shirts
March 11 - Fashion Disaster Night
March 18 - Awana shirts
March 25 - Drive-in Night (bring a box car, lawn chair to watch a movie)
April 1 - Penny Wars begin (raise funds for AwanaGo in the DR)
April 8 - Awana shirts
April 15 - Inside Out Night
April 22 - Tacky t-shirt Night
April 29 - Penny Wars end
May 6 - Awana Uniforms
Mary 13 - Nerf Night