By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Pinetta First Baptist Church will begin its Awana program on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. Awana stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.
According to Awana’s website, Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry with fully integrated evangelism and long-term discipleship programs for ages two to 18 that actively involves parents and church leaders.
At Pinetta First Baptist Church, there will be a meal prior to the start of Awana. The program is for children three years old to students in the eighth grade. Students of Awana are asked to bring dues, which are $1 a week but this is not required.
Each month the students will be asked to donate items. They will be theme related as to what to bring, such as items for the Operation Christmas shoeboxes. Also at the first Wednesday of each month, canned goods and nonperishable items will be collected for the church’s food pantry.
Each child will receive points for each item brought in. The children are split into four groups and at the end of class, the group with the most points wins a trip to the prize box.