Awana Update for Oct 5

Thanks for all the CEREAL! We collected almost 40 boxes for KGBC’s Food Pantry last week.

This Week’s THEME: Jersey Night!
Wear your favorite Jersey this week! Any Jersey will be fine. No need to wear your uniforms this week – but don’t forget to wear tennis shoes!

Reminder: We are changing the entry door! Enter through the Preschool Welcome Center (on the same side of the building) for check in.

Operation Inasmuch is coming soon! Start looking for old crayons… we are collecting them to send to The Crayon Initiative and they will recycle them into new ones and donate them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations invested in our children. I know you all have bits and pieces of used crayons laying around so don’t throw them away – we’ll take them!

We hope you will make plans to join us on Saturday, October 21. We have a wide variety of projects that we’ll be working on that day and we’d love to have you. Listed below is a description of projects and the sign up sheets are located next to the AWANA Check-in so check your calendar and sign up on Sunday. We also have mission projects for the kids so don’t forget to sign them up too!

Blessings,
Ellie

OIAM Teams:

*Bakers Team: Those who love to bake can prepare cookies and brownies to be mailed to college students, and delivered on October 20th to local police and fire stations in our community. Please bake ahead of time, bring the items on that Saturday, and then serve on another team during OIAM.

*Bingo at Luther Manor: This team will visit a local facility and host BINGO for the residents. We are also requesting donations for BINGO prizes (like small or large packs of Kleenex, lotions, dish soap, hand towels, even toilet paper).

*Collection Team: Sorting outer wear, children’s books, toys and all clothing & household items.

*First Responders: This team will pack and deliver baked goods to local police and fire stations in our community.

*Food Bank Food Drive: This team will collect and sort items for our local food bank to help those who are struggling with hunger in our region.

*Home Repair and Maintenance Projects: Builders and those handy with tools can make a difference by helping with small jobs around the home for needy people in our community. An urgent request is for local projects. Send your suggestions by October 8, by dropping a note in the OIAM projects box in the foyer.

*Judeo-Christian Outreach Center: This team will work in various areas at Union Mission in Norfolk. Service opportunities are: painting, cleaning, etc.

*King’s Stitchers: Experienced crocheters and knitters can come to the church and make items needed for oncology hats which can be completed within an hour or so. Approximately 80 layettes were made prior to OIAM to give to the Baptist Baby Boutique and Keim Pregnancy Center.

*Military Letters: This team will write letters to deployed military personnel, to offer God’s love and encouragement to our heroes serving away from home and family. Letters can be written ahead of time and brought to the church that Saturday, and then you may serve on another team during OIAM. An extremely important component of this team is getting names and addresses of deployed members whom we can serve.

*Nursing Home Ministry: This team will visit nursing homes and bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of the residents and guests while offering greeting cards, stuffed animals, jewelry and puzzle books to the residents.

*Oil Changes: This team will perform free oil changes for single moms, spouses of deployed military, or senior adults in need. Everyone can help us find those who may benefit from this service.

*Prayer Team: This team prays for the teams at church then goes to all the home and mission sites and prayers for them as well.

*Rise Against Hunger: This team will sort, assemble and get ready to ship meals for those in need. We are partnering with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) for this event.

*Sewing CHKD Surgery Bears: This team will make bears for children undergoing surgery at CHKD.

*Union Mission: This team will work in various areas at Union Mission in Norfolk. Service opportunities are: building a room, painting, cleaning, various projects, etc.

*Working Women’s Wardrobe via JCOC: This team will collect and sort clothing that is intended to help women and men seeking jobs dress for success.

*Yard Work Projects: Complete tasks such as raking leaves, weed eating, maybe tree trimming or brush removal, etc. Usually not mowing.

Awana Update September 28

BARF Night was a success! (Most parents never say that – I know I have never even thought that!). The kids handed out over 15 invitations and had 5 real friends plus at least 8 stuffed friends, and a new member come this week! So exciting to see kids invite kids to learn about Jesus!

This Week’s THEME: Cereal Night!
Bring a box of cereal for the food pantry. KGBC helps feed people all year long and we will have several times during the year where the AWANA Club will help restock the Church Food Pantry – Thanks for helping. We will also enjoy a cereal snack during group time this week.

NEW this Week: We are changing the entry door! Enter through the Preschool Welcome Center (on the same side of the building) for check in. We will have signs out this week and you can park in the same area.

We should have books & uniforms for the kids to bring home this week. Children will get credit for wearing a ‘uniform’ if they have on tennis shoes until we get them in. And don’t forget to send a bag with the kids so they can put their Bibles (T&T and Sparks), Handbooks, and offering all in one place. We are trying to get through about 2 lessons per night for the next month so we can finish the books during the year.

Please ask if you have any questions. And let me know if you want to sign up for OIAM (Operation Inasmuch) on Saturday, October 21!

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana Update September 21

Thanks to all the parents that came last week! If you were unable to stay and have any questions, please let us know! We sent a full box of school supplies to a local school in need this week – we know they appreciate your generosity.

THIS WEEK – September 24

THEME: BARF (Bring A Real Friend)
Last week we gave invite cards to all the kids so they could bring a friend this week! You will get points for just inviting someone and extra points if they come. The Cubbies will get points for bringing a stuffed animal ‘friend’ this week!

Parents: If you are interested in learning about our “Operation Inasmuch” (OIAM) all day mission project, come back at 6 pm to hear all about it! The leader (Cheryl Douglas) for this project will be checking the kids in on Sunday and speaking at large group time. We are excited about including you this year and there are several ways you can help. We will be accepting donations (clothing…) and need your help in finding people to help, and, of course, you are invited to sign up for a team and join us! We will have childcare along with age appropriate mission work for the kids. So, check your calendar and mark OIAM on October 21.

We should have books for the kids to bring home this week although our uniform order will probably not arrive in time to hand out on Sunday. Children will get credit for wearing a ‘uniform’ if they have on tennis shoes until we get them in. And don’t forget to send a bag with the kids so they can put their Bibles, Handbooks and offering all in one place.

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana-Palooza 2017

THE WEEKEND WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE:
AWANA-PALOOZA
Carnival & Closing Ceremony Weekend

AWANA Carnival!
Friday, April 28 at 6:30 pm
Celebrate all the points earned this year in AWANA! Your hard earned points will determine the order we pick baskets at the end of the Carnival! We have baskets for all the AWANA kids thanks to the generosity of our church members! We can’t wait to celebrate all your hard work! We will have Corndogs and other carnival foods – have dinner with us!

CHECK OUT THE BASKETS!

VBS Registration (online) will be available Friday night. All who have registered for VBS before the end of the evening (even if you have already registered online) will be entered to win a prize! And we will have a special VBS guest…

Carnival is for AWANA Club members only. Siblings welcome to come an play games but please do not bring extra friends. Please no drop offs. Parents are to be with their children for this event.

AWANA Closing Ceremony! (in the Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm (arrive early)
Friends and Families invited! We will celebrate all the book work done this year, get certificates and sing songs!  Awards will be given and cake will be served!

Thanks to all the families, kids & volunteers for an amazing year!

AWANA-PALOOZA!
Ellie & Karen

Awana Update for March 15

Our next AWANA is this Sunday from 5:00 – 6:30 pm!

THEME: March Madness – Win Gift Cards!

***Don’t forget to come early, wear tennis shoes, bring offering (a quarter), bring your handbook (older kids bring your Bible too) and get ready to have some fun! Clubbers must wear tennis shoes to AWANA or they cannot participate in Game Time.

Uniform- Parents please help your clubber show respect for their uniforms. Keep them clean and wrinkle free. Have them hang it up. Remind them they have worked really hard for their uniform and the awards on it and they should be very proud of it. Please make sure they have their name in it. Also they need to wear it to club not have it in their bag. Points are only given to the clubber if they are wearing their uniform. Last Sunday, put badges, pins & jewels on uniforms that were brought. As a result, you may have extra of these items, please bring them in when you remember!

LOOKING FORWARD – Here’s the rest of the schedule for AWANA this year!

  • Sun, Mar 26 – Crazy Hair Night – Try a new style!
  • Sun, April 2 – Service Night – Bring a written description signed by your parent describing a way you served this past week or dress as someone in a service profession.
  • Sun, April 9 – NO AWANA – Spring Break
  • Sun, April 16 – NO AWANA – Happy Easter
  • Sun April, 23 – Flops & Socks & Beat the Clock!
  • Fri, April 28 – AWANA Carnival!
  • Sun, April 30 – AWANA Closing Ceremony 5:00-6:30 pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE) in the Sanctuary. Friends and Families are invited!

See you Sunday!
Ellie & Karen

Awana Update for March 10

For AWANA this Sunday March 12 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm!

THEME: March Madness Shamrock Night – Wear Green & Receive a Shamrock!

Need to Know This Week!

Plan to stay for Sunday Evening Gathering – This is the last one of this series!

Email me if you want to sign up for the final St. Patrick’s Day Parent’s Night Out (check your calendars!)

***Don’t forget to come early, wear tennis shoes, bring offering (a quarter), bring your handbook (older kids bring your Bible too) and get ready to have some fun! Clubbers must wear tennis shoes to AWANA or they cannot participate in Game Time.

Uniform- Parents please help your clubber show respect for their uniforms. Keep them clean and wrinkle free. Have them hang it up. Remind them they have worked really hard for their uniform and the awards on it and they should be very proud of it. Please make sure they have their name in it. Also they need to wear it to club not have it in their bag. Points are only given to the clubber if they are wearing their uniform. Last Sunday, put badges, pins & jewels on uniforms that were brought. As a result, you may have extra of these items, please bring them in when you remember!

ST PATRICK’S DAY – Parent’s Night Out
Last Week to Sign Up!

  • Who: All Kids 6th Grade and younger
  • What: Includes Dinner, Fun Activities, Crafts and a Movie!
  • When: Friday, March 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: KGBC – Harvest Hall

Pastoral Candidate Weekend:

Saturday, March 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the church – we will have a time for the entire church to hear Ken Pruitt’s testimony and have a chance to ask questions. There will be a dessert fellowship afterwards for a meet and greet time.

There is NO Sunday School this Sunday, March 12th. There will be one service at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary to hear Pastor Pruitt preach.

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time!

Awana Update February 16

AWANA DERBY This Friday Night! Join us to watch even if you don’t have a car!

Next AWANA on this Sunday February 19 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm!

Patriotic Night – Wear Red, White, and/or Blue to show your American Pride!

Need to Know This Week!

  • Plan to stay for Sunday Evening Gathering (childcare available – invite friends)
  • Bring $15 to register for Women’s Retreat
  • Sign up for the final St. Patrick’s Day Parent’s Night Out (check your calendars!)
  • No AWANA on March 5. Our church is having a business meeting to find out about a potential new pastor and we want all our teachers to be able to attend.

Lots of Parent Stuff! Look for details about each event below.

AWANA Derby:

ON YOUR MARK!
GET SET!
GO!

  • Race Day: Friday, February 17th – 6:30-8:30pm
  • Race starts promptly at 6:30 so please arrive between 5:45 & 6:15 to get checked in!

Sunday Evening Gathering – join us for a Bible Study during AWANA! Feel free to start this week – the study starts with a review from last week!

  • Everyone is invited to this four-week discussion starting on Feb 12 from 5:15 – 6:00 pm.
  • We will meet upstairs in Room 208/210. Coffee & snacks provided.
  • Your Move – 4 Questions To Ask When You Don’t Know What To Do by Andy Stanley.
  • For more details go to the church website: www.kingsgrantbaptist.com/yourmove
  • Kids ages 3 – grade 6 are welcome to join AWANA for the four weeks and we can also watch younger kids – contact Karen Strull for details if your kids are younger or not already in AWANA. Great opportunity to invite friends!

GARDEN GETAWAY – Women’s Retreat… Join us for a Garden Getaway Retreat on February 23rd & 24th at King’s Grant. Cost is $15 per person. Details on the church website. Register this week at AWANA!

ST PATRICK’S DAY – Parent’s Night Out – Sign up this week!

  • Who: All Kids 6th Grade and younger
  • What: Includes Dinner, Fun Activities, Crafts and a Movie!
  • When: Friday, March 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: KGBC – Harvest Hall

See you Sunday!
Ellie & Karen

Awana Update January 30

No AWANA this week, on February 5 – Enjoy the Super Bowl!

100 PERCENT – AMAZING AWANA on January 29! All 32 registered kids were there (and we didn’t even have game time tonight)! And thanks to our 14 volunteers – we couldn’t do this without you!

We did have a great lesson on Winter Shelter with the Sparks and T&T kids even going on a “field trip” downstairs to see our church members cooking and getting ready for our guests. Please join us and the kids in praying for the 70+ guests we will house every night for a week (January 25-February 1). We provide dinner, breakfast, a bagged lunch, a warm secure place to sleep and many other services including hospitality kits, socks, Bible study, along with lots of love and compassion. Thanks for bringing in food for the KGBC food pantry!

Awana Update January 24

AWANA Clubs are from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm this Sunday, January 29! KGBC is hosting Winter Shelter this week so even though there will be no game time (sad face), we are pleased to be helping the homeless in Virginia Beach.

THEME NIGHT: Soup-er Bowl Night – bring a can of soup for KGBC food pantry and earn extra points!

T&T Only – New Homework Guidelines:

  • Please just memorize the verses on the review pages 136 and 137 for this week.
  • If you memorize the verses, all you have to do to complete the other sections prior to this section is the book work.
  • If you get your verses memorized go back in your book and do the book work that you are behind on.
  • Remember you get your reward if your homework is done when you come in. So memorize those verses!

***Don’t forget to come early, wear tennis shoes, bring offering (a quarter), bring your handbook (older kids bring your Bible too) and get ready to have some fun! Clubbers must wear tennis shoes to AWANA or they cannot participate in Game Time.

Uniform: Parents please help your clubber show respect for their uniforms. Keep them clean and wrinkle free. Have them hang it up. Remind them they have worked really hard for their uniform and the awards on it and they should be very proud of it. Please make sure they have their name in it. Also they need to wear it to club not have it in their bag. Points are only given to the clubber if they are wearing their uniform. Last Sunday, put badges, pins & jewels on uniforms that were brought. As a result, you may have extra of these items, please bring them in when you remember!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • January 29th – Last day to turn in your $50 non-refundable Centrikid Camp deposit to hold your child’s spot. This is for KGBC kids and their friends who have completed grades 3-6th. July 24 – 28 @ Skycroft Conference Center in Maryland. Ask about available discounts!
  • Awana Derby – February 17th – 6:30-8:30pm – The cars are in! We will start handing out this Sunday. You can pay when you pick up your car if you have not already paid.

Dave Jessie has volunteered again this year to help get the cars ready!

We have scheduled a day to get the cars cut out: Saturday, February 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Dave Jessie’s home. Please have your name on the bottom of car and an outline drawn on the car. THANKS TO DAVE!


NEW! Sunday Evening Gathering – join us for a Bible Study during AWANA!

Everyone is invited to this four-week discussion starting on Feb 12 from 5:15 – 6:00 pm. We will meet upstairs in Room 208/210. Coffee & snacks provided.

Your Move – 4 Questions To Ask When You Don’t Know What To Do by Andy Stanley – Throughout our lives, we are confronted with decisions we never anticipated having to make. So what do you do when it’s your move and you aren’t sure what to do? Every week will have a 30 minute video followed by discussion. For more details go to the church website: www.kingsgrantbaptist.com/yourmove

Kids ages 3 – grade 6 are welcome to join AWANA for the four weeks and we can also watch younger kids. Contact Karen Strull for details if your kids are younger or not already in AWANA. Great opportunity to invite friends!