What is Awana? The acronym ‘Awana’ comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.
Awana is an international, Bible-centered children's ministry and youth ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs and training for students ages 2 through high school.
THE AWANA PRAYER: (the purpose statement of Awana) Our prayer is that all children and youth throughout the world will come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Know our desire is that every child and youth will know Jesus personally and know that he has eternal life because he trusts in Jesus.(Phil. 3:10, John 17:3; Romans 1:16) Love the Lord desires intimacy with his children. We want to disciple children and youth to grow in their love towards God and others. (Eph. 3:19; 1 John 2:5 - Serving Christ is a supernatural by-product of loving Him. We want believers to experience the joy of serving. (Col. 1:10; 2 Timothy 3:17; Eph. 2:10)
5 Principles of Awana
We will glorify God and serve the body of Christ by committing ourselves to these
We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity and urgency.We commit to God*s Word as our guide and standard.
We treat all people as created and loved by God.
We maintain a servant heart in all we do.
We manage God*s resources with faithfulness & integrity.
We pursue excellence as unto the Lord.
1. Awana is centered on the gospel.
2. Scripture memory is a key element.
3. Awana is exciting and fun.
4. Children and youth are trained to serve.
5. Awana is built on volunteer leadership.
About Our Commander
Commander Jeb Berleth
I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Commander Jeb Berleth.
I love serving the Lord by serving His kids! Why?
I love the Lord and love kids! It's that simple.
I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Awana Commander here at Spring Hill Baptist Church for the past 14 years and I believe I am still going strong, in His strength, of course.
I have been serving in Christian Children's Ministries for over 20 years and I believe it is one of the most important ministries within the local church. "Kids Matter to God, so they matter to me!"
I believe it is so important, especially this day and age, for kids to be taught the Word of God, the Bible, and how "to come to know, love and serve the Lord, Jesus Christ," every day throughout their lives.
I wanted to also let you know that I am a retired Suffolk County, NY Police Detective having served proudly for 23 years.
I am now employed at Spring Hill Christian Academy as Security/Teacher Aide, and also at Spring Hill Baptist Church as the Worship Leader.
I have been married for 31 years to my wife Dina, have 5 children, Justin, Kaitlyn, Kayla, Kevin, and Theresa, and also 6 Grandchildren - Isabelle, Anthony, Dominic, Elcie, Emma and Huxley (Tink).
I have been so blessed by God my whole life and I want to serve Him, bring Him honor and glory, in all I do.
"For to me, to live is Christ..." Philippians 1:21
I look forward to meeting you and your kids, serving your families and serving God. It is a "win win" - I can't lose.