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Parent Handbook

Wheatland Community Church

6746 East River Road                                          (585) 533-1172

Rush, NY 14543              www.wheatlandchurch.com/awana-2/

 A Note from our Commander:

The probability of a person accepting Christ as Savior is highest between the ages of 4 and 14. Religious beliefs are largely set by age 13 and statistically don’t change much in adulthood. In our Awana Club we have the opportunity to be involved in the lives of Clubbers within that age range. This is exciting to us and is our passion.

         It is our desire that while your child is here they will have the opportunity to know who Jesus Christ is, to love Him deeper and to serve Him with their whole life. We will help them to meet those goals through the study of God’s Word and the memorization of scripture, with fun mixed throughout.

         We are also here to connect to your family. If there are ways we can help or if you have questions or concerns, please seek me out on any Wednesday night or give me a call at the number below.

         We look forward to another exciting year!

Club Commander Jennifer Martin

Once a Clubber passes their Start Zone, they will receive a handbook and uniform. Payment can be made at any time, but is not due until the items are actually received.

Each clubber cost $25 for a semester or $35 for both semesters. Your second child is $20 for a semester or $30 for both semester. Your third child and on is free. If you are unable to pay, please let us know and a donor will pay your way for you.

It is important that uniforms be worn weekly. They should be kept neat and clean, with achievements displayed as shown at the end of the handbook. Clubbers must be wearing their uniforms in order to receive their awards.

Club Rules:

  • Wear sneakers for Game Time.
  • We ask that there be no bare midriffs for boys or girls and that shorts have at least a 5” inseam.
  • Hats should stay at home or be hung up for the night.
  • Gum, food and drink are to be enjoyed before and after Club.
  • Treat church property respectfully.
  • Treat others respectfully.

 Club Guidelines:

5 Count: The 5-count is used by all leadership and simply involves counting to 5 to give Clubbers notice of the immediate need for quiet in order to refocus their attention.

1-2-3 Rule: The 1-2-3 rule allows Clubbers three opportunities to understand that rules are important and must be followed if they are to be allowed to enjoy participating in Club activities.

1 – Clubbers will be advised by a Club Leader or the Commander if they have violated a Club Rule.

2 – Parents will be notified if an offense has occurred a second time.

3 – Clubbers will be suspended from Club for one week if the offense occurs three times. Following the suspension, Clubbers are welcomed back to Club if they agree to abide by Club Rules in the future.                                            

Working together is the key to success!

Info to Know

Bring each week:

  • Bible
  • Book
  • Uniform

Closings:

As a general rule, if Rush- Henrietta Schools are closed, there will be no Awana. If the Awana program is closed for emergencies, you will be contacted by phone. You may also contact the Club Commander (585) 444-6934.

Visitors:

Clubbers must attempt to comply with the requirements as written in the handbook. If they are unable to, the following alternatives are accepted:

  • Write a letter to a friend explaining what Awana is. Give a simple salvation message and invitation to Club. Bring the letter to show to your Director to be read and mailed.
  • Bring two friends to church. Parent must send in a note stating that the requirement was completed.
  • Wear your Awana uniform to school. Parent or teacher must send in a note stating that the requirement was completed.
  • Do an outreach project such as going to a Nursing Home to visit or sending cards to the residents.

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Cubbies Preschoolers – 3&4 years old

Cubbies is designed to be fun with a purpose. Clubbers learn a different lesson each week through games, stories with puppets, as well as completing relevant crafts.

Active parent involvement is crucial to your Clubber’s success in the program. Each week you need to read the Bear Hug to your Clubber and help them memorize their verse. The Handbook provides you with specific instructions on how to help your Clubber understand each lesson. Please sign the Bear Hug each week so your Clubber’s leader knows the section has been worked on. Parents can also assist their Clubbers by helping them remember to come prepared for Theme Nights. 

Cubbies meet in the upper level of our church building, just right across from the restrooms. Please drop your Clubber off promptly at 6:00 p.m. They must be picked up by a parent or parent representative by 7:15p.m. Every week, you will need to sign you child in and out before your child may leave. This is for safety reasons.

Once a Clubber passes their Bear Hug Brochure, they will receive a handbook and uniform. Payment can be made at any time, but is not due until the items are actually received.

It is important that vests be worn weekly. They should be kept neat and clean, with achievements displayed as shown at the beginning of the handbook. Clubbers must be wearing their vests in order to receive their badge. We put the badges in the pocket of their vest for you to iron on.

Service Project

The cubbies will be doing an ongoing service project. Throughout the year, cubbies will be making cards for the Care Ministry of Wheatland Community Church. These cards go to people at WCC who are ill, injured, hurting, or in need of help. Cubbies will also make cards for residents of the Avon Nursing Facility and pass the cards out. Cubbies will sing Christmas Carols to the residents of the nursing home. Parents must transport cubbies to and from nursing home. Cubbies are also able to participate in the leaf raking for Henrietta residents. Parents must stay with their cubby while leaf raking.

Weekly Schedule

Coming in Time– 5-10 minutes before Awana starts as the kids come in. They’ll do activities and play. It’s a fun time of interaction with the Cubbie Bear puppet and his friends

Celebration Time – Prayer and Singing

Puppet Show and Lesson-Puppet stories introduce the lesson theme in an interactive and entertaining way. A time to let God’s Word teach and transform you.

Handbook Time – Small group time to review discuss and apply the Bible lesson, recite memory work and complete an activity that reinforces their learning.

Snack Time – A favorite . . . FOOD!

Game & Craft Time – is an energetic motion-filled time of non-competitive games and crafts that reinforce the lesson theme.

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SPARKS Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Sparks dig a little deeper into God’s Word.  Clubbers learn basic truths about God, Jesus Christ, salvation and the Bible and they work through each book. Parent involvement continues to be a vital part of your Clubber’s success. In addition to organized family times that will be scheduled, being available as a volunteer greatly assists our leaders. Parents can also assist their Clubbers by helping them remember to come prepared for Theme Nights, assisting with verse memorization, and bringing friends.

Sparks meet in the classrooms down stairs. Please drop your Clubber off promptly at 6:00 p.m. They must be picked up by a parent or parent representative at their classroom by 7:15 p.m. Once a Clubber passes their Sparks Gate, they will receive a handbook and uniform.  Payment can be made at any time, but is not due until the items are actually received.

It is important that vests be worn weekly.  They should be kept neat and clean, with achievements displayed as shown at the end of the handbook. Clubbers must be wearing their vests in order to receive their awards.

Service Projects

Sparks will have the serving opportunities of raking leaves for the elderly, making Christmas and Easter card making for the residents of Avon Nursing Home, Singing songs to the Avon Nursing Facility Residents, and giving supplies to the Open Door Mission.

Weekly Schedule

Snack TimeTasty finger foods

Lesson TimeLearn a story from God’s Word

Handbook Time – Small group time to recite sections to Leader

Game Time –FUN!!

Song/Craft time – The Craft will go along with the lesson.

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T&T 3rd – 6th Grade

T&T Clubbers learn “The Ultimate Adventure” of life as they work through their handbooks each year. Some of the questions covered in the handbooks include: Why did God give us the Bible? Who is God? Who is the Lord Jesus? How does God want me to live my life? What does God say about my home and family? Why should I go to church? How can I help other people? What do I need to know about Satan, angels and the future? How do we know the Bible is true? What do I need to know about the Holy Spirit? How can I grow spiritually? What is a good friend?

Here again, parent involvement is a vital part of your Clubber’s success. Parents can assist their Clubbers by helping them remember to come prepared for Theme Nights, assisting with verse memorization, bringing friends and being willing to lend a hand during serving events. T&T Clubbers meet in the Classrooms down stairs. They are to be dropped off promptly at 6:00 p.m. and picked up by 7:30 p.m.

Service Projects

T&T clubbers will have the serving opportunities of leaf raking, making Christmas and Easter Cards for the Avon Nursing Facility. Singing Christmas Carols to the Avon Nursing Facility and playing BINGO with the residents. Bringing in plastic recyclables to fund money for CompassCare.

Weekly Schedule

Snack Time – Tasty Finger food!!

Worship Time- Third through sixth grade all worship God together with modern songs

Lesson Time Message from God’s Word.

Game TimeFUN!!

Handbook Time – Small group time to recite sections to Leader.

Click below for information about the Awana Grand Prix

Awards

The goal of awards is to encourage, motivate and reward the Clubbers. Awards are biblical – throughout scripture awards are given in recognition of special achievement or obedience. The Israelites gained the Promised Land, and all believers are promised crowns which will be cast at our Master’s feet.

Awards are earned throughout the year for completion of sections as they work through their book and for Club attendance. We encourage parents to attend to see their Clubbers earn their awards.

Awards are handed out at the award ceremony

Closing Ceremony

This is a time when we recognize the achievements of our Clubbers.  You, as parents, play an integral part in their success, and we encourage you to join us for this special time. Special Note:  All memory work must be completed and signed off by a Leader no later than the Sunday before Closing Ceremony.

 Attendance Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber cannot miss a week of Club.

Bible Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber cannot forget to bring his/her Bible.

Uniform Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber cannot forget to wear his/her uniform

Handbook Award (T&T Club only):

To qualify, a Clubber cannot forget to bring his/her handbook/start zone

Handbook Completion Award (Sparks & T&T Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber must complete his/her handbook.

Service Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber must participate in one community service of his/her choice. Clubber must bring in a note from his/her parent verifying the service.

Gamer Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber must have the highest achievement of athleticisms during the awana games in his/her club.

Sportsmanship Award (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber must have the best attitude and kindness toward clubbers and staff during the awana games in his/her group.

Points Trophy (All Clubs):

To qualify, a Clubber must have the highest amount of points total. Points are earned by bringing bible, handbook, wearing uniform, completing handbook sections, participating in Theme Nights and winning games. Points are taken away after a clubber fails to correct his/her behavior after being warned by a leader.

Awana Points

At the end of most months the clubbers may turn their points in for toys. Look at the calendar for when the Awana store is open. The store opens up during game time. The club leaders keep a record of the points and tell the clubbers how many points they have to spend. If they do not want to use their points up each month, they may accumulate their points from month to month.

All Clubbers have the opportunity to earn Awana Points.

The Point System is as follows:

100 Points for attending

300 Points for completing a section in the handbook

100 Points for bring a friend

50   Points for bringing a Bible

100 Points for participating in Theme Nights

1000 Points for participating at Nursing Home by helping the residents with Bingo

1000 Points for participating at Nursing Home by visiting the residents

1000 Points for participating in community service

1000 Points for participating in Leaf Raking

50 Points for bringing handbook

50 Points for wearing club shirt/vest

40   Points for winning first place during game time

10  Points for bring in a recyclable bottle/can for CompassCare (T&T only)

1000 For bringing in a supply for Opendoor Mission (sparks Only)

Family Dinners

Clubs Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

No need to cook tonight! Bring the family at 5:30p.m. for some great food and fellowship before club begins. Check out the Announcement located on the main Awana page for Menu and Dates

Serving Opportunities

Rake Leaves at a local Elderly Couples Home

Club Participating: All

Clubbers are encouraged to be involved with serving others. One way to serve is by raking leaves for elderly residents that are not able to rake their own yards. See Announcements on main Awana Page for more details of when and where. We will only be raking leaves at one house this year so we can help out dear and sweet elderly members of WCC.  This is a family serving opportunity. Please stay with your children. Bring your rakes and supplies.

Christmas and Easter Card Making for Avon Nursing Facility

Club Participating: Sparks and T&T

Another way to serve is by making cards for the residents. The cards will be hand delivered during lunch hour by the club commander at 215 Clinton Street, Avon, NY, 14614.

Caroling Avon Nuring Facility T&T Club Only

Club Participating: T&T

Another way to serve is by singing Christmas song and visiting the residents. T&T clubbers will visit two different rooms and sing and talk with the residents. If you choose to drive your child there the address is 215 Clinton Street, Avon, NY, 14614.See schedule for date and details.

Toys for the Ronald McDonald House

The sparks kids will have the opportunity to buy toys at the awana store for the children of the Ronald McDonald House. Also, if a child is able to bring a toy to donate as well, that would great.

Cards for the Care Ministry

Clubs Participating: Cubbies

Cubbies will be making cards and gifts for the ill, injured, and hurting of the WCC family. These cards will help give hope, joy and peace to the hurting.

BINGO at Avon Nuring Facility T&T Club Only

Club Participating: T&T

Another way to serve is by playing games with the residents. 215 Clinton Street, Avon, NY, 14614.

Sing Songs to Avon Nursing Facility Residents Sparks Club Only

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, & T&T

Another way to serve is by singing song and visiting the residents. Sparks clubbers will visit two different rooms and sing and talk with the residents. If you choose to drive your child there the address is 215 Clinton Street, Avon, NY, 14614.

Compass Care

Club Participating: T&T

All throughout the winter and spring semester, T&T will bring in plastic recyclables. These recyclables will be turned in at the recycling center. The money from that will be donated to CompassCare.

Open Door Mission

Club Participating: Sparks

Throughout the winter and spring semester, sparks will bring in plastic forks, napkins & personal care items for open door mission.

Theme Nights

All who participate in theme nights receive 100 points.

Harvest Festival

There will be a candy hunt, apple slingshot, games and prizes, sidewalk chalk contest, book reading with pumpkin carving demonstration, bonfire, face painting, crafts, rain (held inside) or shine (held outside).

Crazy Hair Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Any crazy style is welcomed here. Even washable hair spray paint can be a nice added touch! Crazies hair wins 1st place, which is 1000 points! 2nd 500 points, and 3rd 200 points.

Silly Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

The kids will dress silly and play games with silly string!

Club Pride Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

The kids wear as much of their club color, even in their hair. Club that has the most pride wins 1000 points! Cubbies color is blue, sparks color is red, T&T 3&4th  is green T&T5th & 6th  is blue.

Pinewood Derby Night

Club Participating: Sparks, T&T

The kids bring in their own pinewood derby cars to race! 1st place wins 1000 points, 2nd 500 points, 3rd 200 points. This event is only for T&T and Sparks. The Cubbies will still meet in their class. However, if they want to watch, they are welcomed to cheer on their friends and siblings.

Donut Night

Club Participating: Sparks, T&T

Clubbers will have silly Donut Games and the winner of the Donut wars from the week before will get their donuts! Donut wars are when the T&T and Sparks clubs compete to complete the most handbook sections. Whichever group completes the most will win donuts.

 Ugly/Clashy/Tacky Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Make sure your clothes don’t match on this night – plaids with stripes are in!1st place of ugly/clashy/tacky outfit will win 1000 points! 2nd 500 points, and 3rd 200 points.

Costume Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Come in your favorite costume. Let your imagination go wild and become any animal, insect, super hero, princess, or TV/cartoon/ movie character.

Pajama Slippers Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Bring your favorite slippers and have on your PJs.

Ask the Pastors Night

Club Participating: T&T

Is there something you always wanted to know but you were afraid to ask or unsure who to ask? Here’s your chance. Our resident expert, Pastor Linton and youth pastor, Kevin Martin will be on hand to answer your questions.

BARF Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Bring a REAL Friend! How many visitors can we get? Treats for all.

Sdrawkcab Thgin (Backwards Night)

Club Participating: Sparks, T&T

Come with your clothes on backwards and expect many surprises throughout the night. Dluohs eb stol fo nuf!

Black-out Night/Flashlight

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks and T&T

Hey! Who turned the lights out? Got a flashlight? Bring it for some special fun! Plan to be … in the DARK. All clubbers will bring their flashlights and have fun flashlight games. Their flashlights will be their only source of light during club. Cubbies will still have a light, but will have fun flashlight games.

Red Night

Club Participating:  Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Make sure you wear as much red or pink for valentine’s night at Awana. During snack time, the clubbers will have a Valentine’s Day Party! Bring valentines to pass out to clubbers. Clubber with the most red or pink will win a bag of yummy candy!

Double Points Night

Club Participating: Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

All points that clubbers earn that week will be doubled.

 Hat Night

Club Participating:  Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Clubbers wear their favorite hats to club.

Zoo Night

Club Participating:  Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Bring a stuffed animal to club, wear clothing with animals on them. As many animal clothing, items that you bring, you will receive 100 points!!

Bible Hero Night

 Club Participating:  Sparks, T&T

Clubbers dress up as a person from the bible that did a heroic achievement with God’s help.

Easter Egg Hunt Night

Club Participating:  Cubbies, Sparks and T&T

Clubbers go searching throughout the church for eggs during games time. In the eggs they will find points and treats!

Movie Night

Club Participating:  Cubbies, Sparks, T&T

Clubbers will snack on popcorn and watch a beloved Veggie Tale episode during lesson and games time.

Snow Night

Come with your snow gear on for fun snow activities. Snow Night takes place of games. Snacks, a lesson and handbook time will still happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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