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Blast From the Past: Awana

From the vests to the sing-along songs (listen to some here) to the games, Awana was a favorite time of many Christian kids around the nation. We picked four things we remember from those days…reminisce with us!

1. Awana vests – I mean, going from green to blue to red was something you looked forward to.



2. The Awana Grand Prix – No question about it, this was the ultimate. Designing little cars to race down a track. Beating the competition for that coveted trophy.


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3. The Parachute – Seriously, to this day I think about how awesome this was.


[Credit: amazon.com/Pacific-Tents-Parachute-Handles-Carry/dp/B0012EROOS]


4. Getting Awana badges for Bible verse memorization – Nothing says you know the Bible like having all the badges on your vest. Thank your mom for sewing them on!


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Ladies, did you do Awana as a kid? 


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  1. Busygirl996

    Posted by Busygirl996 on January 3, 2015 at 14:07

    Yes!!! I’m a senior this year and am leading our game time lol!! When I was 3, the first year you could be in Cubbies, was the year we started it in my church!!! 🙂

  2. Kaydre

    Posted by Kaydre on November 17, 2014 at 18:05

    Oh geez. I remember this stuff! I didn’t know other churches had AWANA OR the Grand Prix. But we for sure had that parachute (best gosh darn days in the gym EVER, at church AND at school!). I always got a little sad, though, because my younger brother and I always had a really hard time learning bible verses, and made me sad when other kids were getting more things than I did.

  3. StayAnchored

    Posted by StayAnchored on November 11, 2014 at 11:38

    I’m still in AWANA! XD
    My church has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, high school AWANA program! I love it soooo much! Last year we memorized 1 Corinthians 13(which I already had memorized because I adore that passage!) and it was amazing! At my church, if you’re in Journey(HS AWANA) you volunteer in the younger clubs… I love working with my little Kindergarten Sparkies! 😀

  4. cayenne.tisher

    Posted by cayenne.tisher on November 10, 2014 at 09:11

    I loved AWANA as a kid. I did Cubbies and T&T as a kid, student lead for Sparks and now I am volunteering for 2 clubs as a Cubbie leader and a T&T leader. I love working with the kids. The T&T kids constantly amaze me with what they are able to memorize each week and my Cubbies are just the sweetest little things and constantly make me laugh.

  5. rbeckman0

    Posted by rbeckman0 on November 9, 2014 at 13:14

    Yes, all the way through treck!

  6. mnkowgirl

    Posted by mnkowgirl on November 7, 2014 at 12:56

    I LOVED Awana! All my friends were in it with me, it was the BEST!!! 😀

  7. redrachel11

    Posted by redrachel11 on November 6, 2014 at 19:43

    I had awana last night…although I missed all the fun with sparks and T&T, since I lived overseas, journey (the high school program), is amazing. And instead of getting badges and vests and stuff, we get food for reciting verses!

  8. malloryruth1214

    Posted by malloryruth1214 on November 5, 2014 at 18:11

    Oh my goodness yes!!!! I still am a youth leader in Awana. I totally remember it!

  9. kittenlover13

    Posted by kittenlover13 on November 5, 2014 at 05:56

    Oh my goodness! I remember this! I loved it.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by SilverOwl102 on November 5, 2014 at 03:49

    YES! Just yes!

  11. angelagrhodes

    Posted by angelagrhodes on November 4, 2014 at 20:53

    I absolutely LOVED Awana as a kid! I still have every award, book, and vest that I got. It was so fun, and I made so many friends. Now that I’m a leader, I’ve had so many flashbacks!

  12. his98child

    Posted by his98child on November 4, 2014 at 18:14

    Oh my gosh AWANA. How I miss it.

    I would’ve become a leader later on had I not moved away from that church. It was the highlight of my preteen years. I also adored my leader and kept in touch with her as she went off to college. Thanks for the blast from the past, PI!

  13. Renae_nae

    Posted by Renae_nae on November 4, 2014 at 18:08

    I am a helper at my local Awana club. We don’t use parachutes anymore,and for the shirts there is a red vest for Sparkies (Let’s go Sparkies!), green t-shirt for 3rd and 4th grade TnT, and blue soccer styled shirts for 5th and 6th grade TnT. I miss Awana quizzing though, that was the best!

  14. lizzie-97

    Posted by lizzie-97 on November 4, 2014 at 17:55

    We still have awana at my church! Good times! 🙂

  15. lemondrop12

    Posted by lemondrop12 on November 4, 2014 at 17:08

    When I was in Awana, my dad was a sparks leader. We would spend 30 min a day trying to memorize verses. 🙂 So fun!

  16. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on November 4, 2014 at 13:58

    I LOVED Awanas as a kid! Definitely one of the highlights of my childhood. I still have my awards from Sparkys hung up on the wall and my Sparky vest in my closet. (I’m pretty sure I still have my books, too, though I’m not exactly sure where.)

  17. YarnPrincess

    Posted by YarnPrincess on November 4, 2014 at 13:11

    Yep i was an AWANA kid, and when I got too old i became a learder, and i still have that sparks jewl crown.

  18. GypsyStorm

    Posted by GypsyStorm on November 4, 2014 at 12:57

    I miss Awana so much!!! I went to Awana at several different churches throughout my childhood. The years that I was in TNT were the best. I made a lot of great friends there.

    Me and my brother were known as the two kids who could memorize anything. Once my brother memorized an entire book of the bible and recited it to the club. It was pretty awesome! 🙂 We were always sure to memorize a couple verses each week to keep up. It was so much fun!

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gymnastics14 on November 4, 2014 at 12:40

    I loved Awana. My dad was a leader. I still have my red vest with all the patches and I also still have the Sparky Award on my wall.