AWANA is a Christian ministry for kids that focuses on evangelism and discipleship through weekly meetings in a club format. The name AWANA is an acronym:

The name comes from 2 Timothy 2:15, which says "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."

AWANA started in 1941, though it really began to expand around 1950. Today it is an international organization, with clubs in 109 countries as well as all 50 states! For more on AWANA's history, visit the history section of the AWANA Web Site.

The centerpiece of the AWANA program is Scripture memorization. Psalm 119:11 says, "Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." One of the best ways to reach children for Christ–and to help them grow in their faith–is to help them memorize Scripture. Every week the clubbers come to AWANA with prepared memory verses from their handbooks, which they recite to a leader during booktime. This is the case in all age groups, from Cubbies up to Leaders In Training.

Every AWANA night starts with the pledge to the American flag, followed by the pledge to the AWANA flag. The age groups then split off into their different activities. The order of activities may vary from church to church, but always consists of game time and book time. After these are over, everybody comes back together for council time, when a leader or guest speaker gives a Bible lesson. After this the children are dismissed to wait for their parents (or whoever brought them) to pick them up.

The AWANA program at Friendship was started in 1989. Over the 21 years it's been in existence we've had many children come through the program, and AWANA has helped influence many of these to trust Christ for salvation.