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Over ten years ago, the Awana program began at Hickory Hills Baptist Church. This children’s discipleship has been around since 1950 where it started in the Chicago area. Each week over 4 million children and youth take part in Awana in over 69,000 churches in the US and over 120 countries around the world. Awana stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”, based off of 2 Timothy 2:15. Our program is consistently a great source of sound, biblical principles and doctrines that teach our children the basics about the Bible. It teaches the gospel message and engages children in lifelong evagelism.

Each week, children are asked to work through their age-appropriate Awana book and learn a biblical truth and a verse or passage to support that truth. These verses are memorized in order to guide our children through their lives and be prepared to share God’s Word with others. Our Awana program is open to any child between the ages of 3 (must be fully potty trained) and 18 years old. Our older students have opportunities to not only continue learning their own verses every week, but be student leaders helping the younger generation learn their lessons too. All parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend our program and serve in some way, whether it be listening to memory verses, cleaning up, serving food, etc. There is no cost to our program. Your child will be given an Awana book when they arrive and it takes about one school year to work through a book. Our students are broken down into age-appropriate learning groups including Cubbies (3-5 year olds), Sparks (K-2 nd grades), Teens in Training or TnT (3 rd - 6 th grades), Trek (7 th -9 th grades), and Journey (10 th -12 th grades). Each night, the children will experience a group Bible lesson, game/craft time, a full dinner, and verses time where their book work will be completed. We have theme nights that are published through church communications that engage the children and give them the chance to earn extra points for the Awana Store. In addition to the theme night participation, our students also earn points for attending a weekend church service, bringing their Bibles, participating in games, bringing visitors to Awana, and completing an Awana book section every week. For those who are sick or unable to attend in person, the Commander will make appropriate accommodations to meet your needs. Our Awana Store occurs twice a year, once at the end of the fall semester and once at the end of the spring semester. Students use their earned points to “buy” store items which include toys, art supplies, gift cards, and a wide assortment of items. Our Awana is every Wednesday, 6-8:30pm. Our calendar coincides with the Wilson County School calendar. We will close for bad weather if Wilson County Schools are closed. Awana runs for 32 weeks. When not in session, a Prayer Meeting will be held at church Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Awana usually begins mid-August and runs through mid-May. The last night of Awana will be Awards Night and families are encouraged to attend to see how much your children have accomplished and grown spiritually throughout the year. We look forward to meeting your family and beginning or continuing your Awana journey. Many of our adults have participated in Awana as club members in their youth. It is a wonderful program for children and adults alike to memorize God’s Word and obtain a deeper understanding of the Bible. For any questions not addressed here, please contact our church office at 615-754-2575

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