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Monday, December 11th, 2023



Dear Parents,

Thank you for allowing your child(ren) to attend our AWANA program. We look forward to another year of fun, learning and growing in Christ. In order for things to run smoothly, we would like to pass on some important information. If you have any questions feel free to discuss them with your child’s leader, one of the check-in staff leaders or myself, the AWANA Commander. You may also contact me at 814-330-3874.

Our AWANA program covers the following ages:

Cubbies 3-5 yrs old

Sparks – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade

T&T – 3rd through 6th grade

Trek/Journey (Youth Group) - 7th -12th grade - Under Awana curriculum but follows different rules, the kids do have their own lesson and game time. There is no handbook/opening time for this age group.

The hours for AWANA are Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8pm. We would like for the children to arrive no earlier than 6:20pm and be picked up no later than 8:05 pm. When arriving with your child(ren), please come to the sign-in table to sign them in. Once you have signed your child in, they will then be dismissed to their classrooms.

When picking up children, please go to the registration table and let me know who you are picking up.

The children are not allowed to leave until an adult comes to get them. We require this for the safety of the children.

While there are minimal changes in the Cubbies and Sparks, there are some significant changes to note for T&T. The first and most significant change is that AWANA has begun updating the T&T books. As a result, all clubbers in T&T (regardless of grade / # of books completed), will be working through the same book. An additional information page about the T&T book update will be provided to parents of T&T clubbers. Please feel free to contact me, Lori Dibert, at 814-330-3874 for any questions regarding these changes.

Here's how you can help AWANA be a successful program. Work with your child(ren) to help them learn their verses in their handbooks. The children who do the best in AWANA are those whose parents take an active part in encouraging them to work in their handbooks each week. We encourage you to communicate with us as often as you like. You can reach me by e-mail ( or by phone (814-330-3874). The calendar page will come in handy when you need to know what events are coming up soon or what the next theme night is going to be.

For His Glory,

Lori Dibert / AWANA Commander

AWANA is an international, non–denominational, Bible-centered youth program for 3-year-olds through 6th grade students. The acronym AWANA comes from the first letters of the phrase, "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed", from II Timothy 2:15. We provide a place for children to make friends; play exciting games; have opportunities to learn and memorize God’s Word, learn to apply that scriptures to their life by becoming involved in missions, and receive awards as encouragement for their efforts! Our goal is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him!

Program Overview: The main parts of our program are Handbook Time, Opening Time, Lesson Time and Game Time.

Handbook Time: During Handbook Time, leaders listen to verses and help children understand and apply them. Clubbers should pass at least one section each week. We strongly encourage parental involvement.

Opening: Opening Time consists of music, announcements, prayer and award presentations. We give major awards for completing books at the Awards Program the last night of AWANA in May; however, club directors may give smaller awards for completing sections in their books throughout the year.

Game Time: Competition during Game Time is exciting! We encourage children to play fair, cheer for their team and persevere to finish the race. Please have children wear proper shoes for games: close-toed, non-slip, non-marking shoes for running. Directors assign clubbers to teams at the beginning of the year; however, they may reassign teams as needed.

A Medical Release Form (see AWANA Commander for the forms) needs to be submitted for each clubber no later than their second week of attendance.

Pickup Procedure: For the protection of each child, parents/guardians need to pick up their children promptly at 8 p.m. downstairs. Siblings will not be allowed to pick up their younger brothers or sisters without prior written approval.

The Awana Permission Form (see AWANA Commander for the forms) is available for parents to authorize the pick up of their children by anyone other than themselves.

For Parents: While your children are attending AWANA, if you are interested in volunteering with the club, email Commander Lori Dibert @ or sign up at the Registration Table.

We also invite you to attend our Wednesday Prayer Meeting upstairs from 7-8 pm.

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