Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Time For Awana

It's that time of year again boys and girls. Tonight is the first night of Awana at Bethel Baptist Church. My husband and I are leaders. Our oldest daughter is in Cubbies (for 3 and 4 year olds). Last year was her first year in Cubbies. She looks so cute in her little blue vest.

Steve is the Game Director for the 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls. He is the perfect person for that position because the kids all like him and he gets into the games with them and also gets the leaders involved. Last year I was a 5th and 6th grade girls leader but this year I will kind of be floating wherever they need me until the baby is born. I will then take a few months off and come back probably at the beginning of next year and serve where I am needed.

Awana is such a great program. I went through it from 3rd grade all the way through 12th grade. Kids come and play games, have handbook time where they recite Scripture verses to their leaders, and go to council time where someone gives a lesson or talks about missions or something like that. There are also various extra activities throughout the year.

Bethel's program is for 3 year olds all the way through high school but some churches vary on what age groups they have. I highly recommend the program to anyone and it is offered at churches all over the country and even all over the world.


Blogger Bre said...

Hey did you ever go to Camp Bighorn? I went there I think 4th, 5th, 6th and maybe 7th grade through Bethal Baptist Church. (I used to go to that church occasionally with my friend) And since we're the same age....

September 13, 2005 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger ErinG said...

Yeah, I went there from 5th grade through 9th grade. We must have gone together at some point. Did you ever go to Awana at Bethel? Do you mind telling me who your friend was?

September 13, 2005 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Bre said...

My friend was Saundra Sommers, her parents probably still go there. I'm sure we went together, small world.

I don't know if I went to Awanas, we went to some youth group thing and I remember other evening activities, I think I thought it was all youth group though, maybe some of it was Awanas.

September 13, 2005 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger ErinG said...

I remember Saundra Sommers but I don't know if she would remember me. My last name back then was Stagner.

Her parents haven't gone to Bethel for a long time. I don't go there anymore either, but my parents still do.

That really is weird if we went to Awana together. Like you said, small world.

September 13, 2005 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger ErinG said...

Also Bre, Bethel is where Steve and I first met each other and also Dave Oliveria and his family.

September 14, 2005 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Bre said...

I haven't seen or heard from Saundra in years.

I'm surprised her parents don't go there anymore, they were very into church and religion.

Did you know Mrs. Merriman? She used to be my neighbor and we went to her bible study camp at her house every summer.

September 14, 2005 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger ErinG said...

I was in Mrs. Merriman's Sunday School class for two years. She was such a sweet lady. Do you know if she is still alive?

I don't know where Saundra's parents ending up going to church after they left Bethel or even if they did start going anywhere else.

September 14, 2005 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous TS said...

I saw her about a month ago at Costco.

September 14, 2005 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger ErinG said...

You saw Mrs. Merriman?

September 14, 2005 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Bre said...

The last I knew she was still alive, but that was about two years ago. I check the obituraies fairly regularly and haven't seen her, so I think so.

She is such a sweet lady we lived on the same street as her for years and every year she always brought everyone on the street a plate/basket of goodies for christmas.

September 14, 2005 at 5:14 PM  

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