last updated: Dec 12, 2012

Welcome to AWANA  

 

  1. AWANA Leaders

  2. What is Awana?

  3. Notes to Parents

  4. Club Schedule

  5. Club Rules

  6. Information

  7. Parental Support for Positive Discipline

  8. Special Notes About Physical Offense

We are excited to begin the eighth year of the Awana program at Mountain View Chinese Christian Church, and look forward to much growth as a ministry, both spiritually and numerically.  As we have been praying for this ministry, we eagerly expect God to work in the hearts of our children so that they would grow up to be Kingdom workers for God.  We would ask that you as parents would pray along with us as we embark on this new year!

 As always, AWANA's Theme verse is

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)

Our vision for this program is to bring children to the saving knowledge of Christ, to encourage and motivate their discipline in the Word of God, and to facilitate evangelism to parents.

 Our goals for this year are as follows:

  1. Involve all church children.
  2. Build our clubbers' understanding and love for God's Word.

  3. Encourage 100% attendance and discipline.

 We thank God for parents and loved ones like you who care so much about your children!  If any of you would like to be involved in anyway, please let us know!  We hope you and your children have another blessed year in Awana.

 Love in Christ,

MVCCC Awana Leadership Team

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AWANA Leaders

  

Commander

Patrick Yao

314 288 5345

Secretaries

Jodie Hsia

650 948 1936

Christina Chieng  

Cubbies Director

Karen Tsai

408 554 6127

Cubbies Leaders

Shiao-Ching Chung/Xueping Qu

 

Vicky Xiong/Minrui Yu  
Jane Li/ Lillian Chen  

 

 

Sparks Director

Yaofang He

408 732 8630

Game Director    
Sparks Leaders

Yan Xu, Huang Gao

 

Quxiang Fang, TatKee Tan

 

Yu Zhong, Susan Chang

 

Amanda Zhang, Victor Chen

 

Kevin Huang, Patrick Leung

 

Joseph Li, Jashee Yang, Sandie Luo

 
   
T & T Director Kegean Wong

650 508 9702

Game Director

Jack Hsia

 

T & T Leaders

Linong Huang/Neal Wang

 
David Shen/Letitia Lai  

Shouliang Dong, Jiwei Yang  
Christina Chieng, Anne Hsia, Beau Hsia,

 

Chelsea Hu, Jesse Wang, Victor Wang

 

If you have a question regarding a club, or a concern about your child's special needs, please feel free to call the club director or the Awana Commander.

Mountain View Chinese Christian Church's AWANA Program consists of the following clubs:

Cubbies Ages 3-4, Pre K
Sparks Grades K-2
Truth in Training Grades 3-6

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What is Awana?

 

Awana is an international, Bible-centered children's ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs and training. Awana's goal is to equip churches to reach children and their families with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. The acronym Awana comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.

 Ten standards of excellence for Awana Clubs are listed below:

  1. We reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.
  2. We recruit, train and motivate leaders to serve the local church.
  3. We use positive discipline and maintain order throughout the entire club meeting.
  4. We attract children with games and activities.
  5. We encourage memorization, understanding and application of Scripture.
  6. We use the elements of Council Time effectively.
  7. We motivate children through incentives.
  8. We manage God's resources with faithfulness and integrity.
  9. We minister to parents and family members.
  10. We magnify the impact of our church's ministry through cooperation with national AWANA ministry.

Cubbies

Cubbies is the Awana program for preschoolers during the two years prior to entering Kindergarten, usually 3 & 4 year olds. Cubbies is unique because it supports and maintains parents as the primary source of spiritual nurturing by directly involving them in the teaching and learning process. Cubbies uses the fundamental Awana elements of games, activities and Bible memorization.

Sparks

Sparks is the Awana Club for kindergartners, first graders and second-graders. Each club meeting has three parts. In Game Time, Sparkies enjoy entertaining games played on the Awana Game Circle. During Green Meadow Time, Sparkies gather for their age-appropriate Bible lesson. During Sparkle Time, clubbers recite Bible verses from memory, complete handbook sections, and earn awards. Sparky, the friendly firefly, appears throughout the Bible-based materials to encourage clubbers to complete their handbook achievements.

 

T-N-T

TNT is the Awana Club for third- through sixth-graders. Each club meeting has three parts. In Game Time clubbers play exciting games on the Awana Game Circle. During Council Time they have a Bible lesson. During Handbook Time, clubbers recite Bible verses from memory, complete handbook sections and earn awards.

 

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Notes to Parents

 

Welcome to Mountain View Chinese Christian Church. We are delighted that you have chosen to participate in our AWANA program this year. We trust the Lord will bless the efforts of your children as they study His Word.

While a large part of the success of the AWANA program will be dependent upon our faithful and dedicated directors, leaders and helpers, parents active involvement will be critical as well. Following are a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Encourage your children to be faithful in working through their AWANA books. You could work with your children on a regular basis during the week to study God's Word together. Be sure to explain difficult words or concepts to your child to help make the material meaningful.

  2. Offer your child lots of praise. Nothing is a more powerful motivator for children than the praise and acceptance of their parents. Let your child know you are behind him or her and you are proud of what has been accomplished.

  3. Communicate with your child's leader know how he or she can better serve your child. You know your child better than we do and our leaders would appreciate as much insight as possible.

  4. Help with snacks. Signup sheets are posted on the Awana bulletin board.

  5. Become an Awana leader. Please let one of the directors know if you can help. No previous Awana teaching experience is required since training will be provided.

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Club Schedule

 Each week the club meetings will begin at 7:00pm sharp. Check- in begins at 6:45pm (no earlier) in the locations listed below. Parents, please stay with your child until he/she is checked in. Due to safety concerns we do not allow dropping off of children for self-check-in.

 Check-in Locations:

Cubbies                      

Room 29

Sparks                         

Main Lobby at Reception

T & T                          

Main Lobby at Reception

All clubs ends at 9:00pm sharp. Cubbies parents must sign out your children from the Cubbies classroom. Sparks and T&T parents do not need to sign out your children, who usually have some light snacks after the closing ceremony at 9:00pm.

 Please note that the responsibility of the Awana leaders officially ends at 9:00pm, although some of them will stay longer with the children. Please be considerate of our Awana leaders and their families, and pick up your children no later than 9:15pm. For your children's safety and everyone's peace of mind, we will not allow children to exit the building in order to meet you at your car.

 Check-out Locations:

Cubbies                      

Room 29

Sparks                         

Dining Room

T & T                          

Dining Room

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 Club Rules

 Rules are in place to promote a smooth flow for a club meeting while protecting the clubbers, staff, property and rights of others. All our Church general rules and Sunday School rules also apply in our Awana club time.

  1. Full participation by all clubbers is required. A clubber needs to plan to take part in the entire club night unless the clubber brings a note from home or the clubber's parent contacts the Director.

  2. A clubber can only have four (4) unexcused absences. Sickness, family vacation and other circumstances outside of clubber's control are considered excused absence.

  3. A clubber needs to come to attention whenever he/she hears a leader give a 5-count.

  4. Clubbers shall show respect for club leaders.

  5. No clubber is allowed on the game square once the flag ceremony has begun until its completion. It is clubber's responsibility to be on time.

  6. Rough play or foul language will not be tolerated and is grounds to call parents to take clubber home.

  7. All clubbers must remain on church property during club hours.

  8. While awards may be earned while out of uniform, clubbers must be in uniform to receive them.

  9. Inappropriate behavior will result in the clubber being removed from the given activity and parents may be called to pick up their child / children. Parents will be told of the problem and the clubber will be welcomed back the following week if he/she is ready to comply with rules.

  10. Clubbers must wear closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes if possible) at game time. It is recommended    that long pants be worn for the protection of their knees.

  11. Guests of a clubber or a visitor may attend 3 times before registration is required to attend again.

  12. No food or drinks is allowed outside of the Dining room.

  13. No running and chasing outside of the game square is allowed.

  14. No toys from home are allowed.

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   Information

Uniform

Every AWANA club has a special uniform. Clubbers must earn the privilege to purchase and wear the uniform. This is done by successfully passing the Club Entrance Test which is provided to your clubber the first time he or she attends. Replacement of a lost test is 50 cents. A clubber is ready to purchase the handbook and the uniform when the test is passed.

Club Fees

Club registration fee of $30 is collected at registration. A clubber needs bring $0.50 due for each week's meeting. The dues are used to purchase treats and awards for AWANA store.

Costs for Uniforms and Handbooks

 

Uniform

Handbook

Bag

Cubbies $12.00 $10.00 $6.00
Sparks $12.00 $10.00 $6.00
T&T $24.00 $10.00 $6.00

Uniforms and handbooks will be purchased and given to the clubber after they have completed:

 

Cubbies Bear Hug brochure
Sparks Flight 3:16
T&T Start Zone

Extra Credit

Upon completion of all required handbooks, supplementary extra credit materials may be purchased and completed. The materials are priced as follows:

Cubbies Character Builders $4.00
Sparks Frequent Flyer Extra Credit Cards $8.00
 
Lost Items

If your clubber loses a handbook or uniform they may purchase a new one. For replacement expenses please refer to the costs above. If we have a used uniform shirt available the clubber may use it. Ask your clubber's director about availability.

Old Uniforms

If you have a used Sparks vest or T&T shirt you may donate it to Awana to be used by someone in need. Please clean and remove any awards prior to donation. You get 2 shares for each item.

Space Availability

Although we would like to accept as many students as possible, the number of students that we can actually accommodate may be limited by the safety code, church facility, or teacher availability.  If a child is not placed in an Awana club right away, he/she will be put on a waiting list until additional resource becomes available. In the mean time, alternative programs will be provided for those waiting-listed children.

Awana Shares

I.  CHECK-IN TIME & COUNCIL TIME

Check-in on Time 100 points
Wear uniform properly 100 points
Bring your own Bible 100 points
Bring Handbook in Awana bag 100 points
Due 100 points

Clubbers earn 500 points will receive 1 Awana shares.

Extra shares will be rewarded for good behavior.

 II. GAME TIME - Team Competition Point System

While not desiring to over emphasize competition, Awana club does utilize team competition. Teams will be assigned the first night of AWANA and may be changed periodically to ensure balance. A visitor may join the team of the clubber who brought them on the first night.

At Closing, each team's total points will be calculated. Each clubber on the first place team will get two (2) Awana shares. Each clubber on the second place team will get one (1) Awana share.

 III. BOOK TIME

Sparks and T&T clubbers get 100 points for passing each section. If their parents have worked with them on a section and signed on the page, they get an additional 50 points for that section.

A clubber gets one Awana share if he/she gets at least 300 points but less than 700 points, and two Awana shares if he/she gets at least 700 points.

A clubber can get at most two Awana shares from book time each night.

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Parental Support for Positive Discipline

 The purpose of discipline is to teach Christ-like behavior, not merely a set of rules. To discipline is to teach or mold. Discipline is done for your child. By setting a model of Christ-like conduct at home, clubbers will see the reinforcement of AWANA standards in you.

In AWANA, all leaders are trained to use positive discipline which encourages good behavior through rewards, such as verbal praise, extra points and special recognition. We will never emphasize punishment for misbehavior.

We use a Five-Count to bring order during activities. The Commander or Director will count 5-4-3-2-1. Each clubber should become quiet and listen to instructions.

However, when a child is deliberately misbehaving or distracting other clubbers, we will administer the Tree-Count rule which is listed below:

1st strike: a warning

2nd strike: talk with Director or Commander

3rd strike: must sit out for the rest of AWANA night and parents are called.

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Special Notes About Physical Offense

 Our commitment as the Awana staff is to as best as we can, ensure a safe environment, and one that is conducive for spiritual growth for every clubber. Here are the consequences for deliberately hurt another clubber physically:

1. First time offenses will result in the clubber's suspension from any AWANA activities for three weeks.

2. Second time offenses will result in suspension for an entire month.

3. More than two offenses could lead to suspension for an entire semester.

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