Their Awana night opens with the flag ceremony and some singing. Following that they transition to the game time. I was so proud to watch them enthusiastically playing the games, remembering that just a few years ago (okay, so kindergarten was a while ago now) one of them refused to participate in the games for the whole year!
My mother teaches the Council Time for the Truth and Training kids at Awana. She has always been modeling for me what it is to teach God's word to kids and it is very special to me that she is now teaching our daughters. My parents live within a mile of us and my sister and her family are just a few miles away, but it wasn't always the case. I'm grateful that God has given them a ministry not just on our continent, but in the same city, so that our kids can know both of their sets of grandparents (Mr. Edwards' parents are also in our town.)
Hope and Sydney were thrilled to receive awards the night I was there. Sydney was awarded for finishing Book 2; Hope received an award for two "Discoveries." She completed Book 2 that very night.
Awana depends on godly people serving Jesus in many different ways. It needs good leadership, but the "face" of Awana to the kids is often their verse leader. Miss Marcia has been such a loving encouragement to Hope and Sydney all year. She faithfully sends postcards each week with reminders about what is coming up next along with an encouragement to keep studying their verses. In the picture above, Hope presents her diorama of Paul and Silas in jail, after the earthquake. She was telling Miss Marcia what happened in order to pass that "Discovery."