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AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. It is a motto taken from 2 Timothy 2:15, which says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (KJV).

The Awana program is designed to train children in the essential doctrines of the Bible with the goal that they and their families will come to personal faith in Christ. Awana is open to children three years old through sixth grade. Throughout the year, each child works through a special, age-appropriate handbook which is divided into various levels and sections. These sections lead the child through a program of Bible memorization, practical skills, and principles of spiritual growth. Clubbers are awarded and are moved up in rank by passing sections in their handbooks.

Awana clubbers meet on Wednesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30. Weekly events include:

  • Game Time, with official Awana games
  • Handbook Time, when clubbers recite Bible verses and present the work that they completed for sections
  • Council Time, when clubbers are challenged with a message from the Bible

The Awana program is divided into the following clubs:


For children three-and-a-half to five years old.



For children Kindergarten through second grade



For children third through sixth grade:

“Pals” for third- and fourth-grade boys
“Chums” for third- and fourth-grade girls
“Pioneers” for fifth- and sixth-grade boys
“Guards” for fifth- and sixth-grade girls

Awana runs from September through May. Children may enter Awana and begin the program anytime during the year.

If you would like more information on the Awana program at Bethany Bible Church,

Bethany Bible Church • 207 Chadwick Ave • Hendersonville, NC