Awana Update for Nov 30

This week is the KGBC Business Meeting starting at 5 pm. We will have AWANA at the usual time, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. If you know of any parents that would like to attend the Business Meeting, we will be glad to have the kids (3 years old – 6th grade) join us for the evening!

THEME This Week: Wear Crazy Glasses or Sunglasses!


PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: Winter Wonderland
Friday, December 8
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Dinner – Fun – Movie

We have about 40 kids signed up so far – this is going to be a lot of Christmas FUN! We are going to share the Christmas Story with the kids, sing some Christmas carols and make some Christmas ornaments! Dinner and a movie are also included!

We have sign-up sheets available on Sunday. We are making plans for this event and need you to sign up by Wednesday, December 6. This will be a great date night or you can maybe do a little Christmas shopping without the little ones!

We need kids’ names, Ages, parents’ names, cell phone (that you will have with you that night) and food allergies (and any other medical info we may need to know).


Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 10 – Join us for the Church Wide Christmas Program – “A Night of Worship – Hallelujah to the Baby Who Came!” in the Sanctuary at 6 pm. AWANA will be from 4:30 – 5:30 pm that night so we can all attend.


AWANA DERBY!!!
DATE CHANGE: Friday, March 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

We will be ordering cars at the end of January so be on the lookout at the beginning of the year for sign ups!

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana Update for Nov 9

We all loved the fall colors last Sunday!

This Week’s THEME: Patriotic Night – Wear Red, White & Blue to show your American Pride for Veterans! And yes, uniforms are required and can be part of your Red / White / Blue outfits.


PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: Winter Wonderland
Friday, December 8
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Dinner – Fun – Movie

Please reply to this email if you would like to sign up for this event! We’ll also have sign-up sheets available on Sunday. We are making plans for this event and need you to sign up by Wednesday, December 6. This will be a great date night or you can maybe do a little Christmas shopping without the little ones!

We need Kids Names, Ages, Parent’s Name, Cell Phone (that you will have with you that night) and Food Allergies (and any other medical info we may need that night). [ view the poster here ]


Don’t forget to bring back your boxes for Operation Christmas Child! They are due This Sunday so we can deliver them to the regional pickup locations next week!

If you miss a week, don’t forget that parents can sign off the next section to catch up. Ask the teachers on Sunday if you have any questions. We are keeping the kids on schedule this year with all kids working on the same section each week and appreciate your help! You can check your child’s book to see if they are missing any sections.

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana Update for Nov 2

This Week’s THEME: Fall Fun – Wear Fall Colors (red, yellow, orange, brown, etc)! Wear your uniforms (vests & shirts) too – and don’t forget the tennis shoes!

Mark your calendars for Parent’s Night Out on Friday, December 8! This will be a great date night or you can maybe do a little Christmas shopping without the little ones!

Don’t forget to pick up your boxes for Operation Christmas Child if you are interested in packing a box for children around the world! You can even track the box if you want.

If you miss a week, don’t forget that parents can sign off the next section to catch up. Reply to this email or ask the teachers on Sunday if you have any questions. We are keeping the kids on schedule this year with all kids working on the same section each week and appreciate your help!

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana Update for Oct 26

Great Job with Service Night – it was impressive to hear all the ways the kids served and to see all the cute outfits!

One of the service projects that the kids worked on last Saturday at church was Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  We will have boxes and brochures for this project on Sunday if you would like to pack a shoebox as a family!

This Week’s THEME:  Costume Night – No masks or scary costumes; and wear your tennis shoes!

Mark your calendars for Parent’s Night Out on Friday, December 8!  This will be a great date night or you can maybe do a little Christmas shopping without the little ones! [ Share the PNO Link ]

If you miss a week, parents can sign off the next section to catch up.  Reply to this email or ask the teachers on Sunday if you have any questions! 

Blessings,
Ellie

Awana Update October 19

Thanks for all the OIAM Donations! If you forgot anything (clothes, crayons, canned goods), bring it to the church by this Saturday morning! We get together at 8:00 a.m.

This Week’s THEME: Service Night (October 22)
Either serve this week by helping someone other than family (OIAM or other – parents decide what counts as ‘service’) or dress as a service person (police, fire fighter, doctor, military, etc) on Sunday. Remember what Jesus said: “Inasmuch as you did it for the least of these, you did it for me.”

Let me know if you and/or your kids would like to serve on Saturday! We still have plenty of opportunities.

Mark your calendars for Parent’s Night Out on Friday, December 8!

If you miss a week, parents can sign off the next section to catch up.

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