One of the most important things in a young child’s life is teaching him or her inner faith and responsibility that will help the child grow into a respectful and well-rounded adult. That’s what the youth group Awana is all about.
Church of the Open in Bible offers Awana’s teachings to Boone kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.
“Our Awana program is broken down into two groups, —the big group and small group,” says secretary Susan Freeman. Freeman’s husband, David, is the Awana commander at the church.
“The big group does a variety of different activities. Through learning our lessons, we include story-telling and a lot of active singing,” says Freeman. “Our small groups, which are really the focus of the whole program, read the Awana Club books and learn lessons based on verses memorized in the Bible.”
Youth at Open Bible are given special prizes and awards for their dedication in memorization of these verses.
“The focus of any Awana program is getting kids to understand the Bible more thoroughly and learn lessons through the scripture. The fun, bonus parts of the meetings are singing the songs and having fun along with the lessons,” says Freeman, who believes the goal of the program is to teach the children good character traits such as responsibility and respect.
“I think it’s important for any church to incorporate an Awana program into its curriculum, because it serves as a helpful thing for parents to teach their kids good, quality character based on learning through the Bible,” she says.
Church of the Open Bible is one of 11 churches that hosts an Awana program within a 25-mile radius of Boone.
To learn more about the Awana program at Open Bible or other church happenings, go to www.booneopenbible.com, or stop by for a visit at 1224 Hancock Drive.
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