Awana meets every Monday night during the school year from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Awana is a nondenominational ministry that assists churches in reaching children and teenagers with the gospel of Jesus Christ and training them to serve Him. The heartbeat of Awana is reaching children around the world with the good news that Jesus Christ loves them and can save them from sin.
Each week, more than one million boys and girls in over 110 countries attend Awana clubs where they play games, memorize Bible verses and listen to Bible stories. From preschool to high school, children and youth have fun while being taught the Word of God. The weekly Awana clubs all function basically the same way. A 90-minute to two-hour club session features three segments: Game Time, Large Group Time and Small Group Time.
During Game Time, boys and girls play games on the unique Awana Game Square. In Small Group Time, children work through age-appropriate handbooks memorizing Bible verses and doing activities ranging from patriotism to community service. They earn awards based on their work. The final segment, Large Group Time,which consists of learning about God and the Biblical principles necessary for life.
The acronym Awana comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.