Calvary Awana set to kick off

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Memorizing Scripture isn't boring for 12-year-old Faith Jones of Craig.

For the past two years, the seventh-grader has been involved in the Awana club at Calvary Baptist Church.

The club, which has more than a million participants worldwide, teaches Bible Scripture to kids from preschool to high school.

"For kids, it's more enthused, it's a lot more fun," Faith said.

Awana club kicks off Sept. 18 at Calvary. There is a registration party planned for 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the church on North Yampa Avenue.

Last year, the Awana club at Calvary had about 85 people involved, Calvary Pastor Rod Compton said.

The club doesn't have members because it's open to anyone, Compton said.

Awana is free, Compton said, but participants are encouraged to pay a $1 fee each session for books and materials. Compton said if someone can't pay the fee, they are still allowed to participate.

Faith won't be a regular Awana participant this year because the club only goes through sixth grade at Calvary, but that doesn't mean she won't be involved in the club.

Faith plans to help the younger children in Awana.

"I just like seeing the little kids learning about God," Faith said.

Faith's mother, Patricia Jones, is also active in Awana at Calvary.

Jones, who serves as the group's seceratary, said the club teaches children the Scripture in a way that they enjoy.

"I don't even think they know that they are (learning Scripture)," Jones said.

Awana meets weekly at Calvary from September through May. The club's sessions consist of games, handbook time, when children learn Scripture and council time, when children sing and learn lessons based on Christian principles.

"It's a great means for them to hear about the Lord," Pastor Compton said.

Compton said Awana also gets families involved through pine car derby races and boat races.

For more on Awana at Calvary, call Compton at 824-5222.

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