Sparks is the Awana Club for Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Your child must at least be in Kindergarten (not just five years old) to be in Sparks. The goals of Sparks are to teach boys and girls about Jesus, lead them into a personal relationship with Him and train them to serve Him by memorizing God’s Word and obeying Him – and they’ll do all this, and have lots of fun doing it!
All Sparks start with an entrance booklet called Flight 3:16. It contains the Sparks’ key verse, John 3:16, which introduces them to the gospel message. It also includes the Sparks motto and Sparks song. When your child completes Flight 3:16, he/she becomes a member of the Sparks Club and will be presented with the HangGlider Handbook, and uniform vest and handbook bag. Regardless of age, all Clubbers start in the HangGlider Handbook.
Sparks has three age-appropriate Handbooks (HangGlider, WingRunner and SkyStormer), each consisting of four areas of achievement: Rank Path, Red Jewels (Bible Drills), Green Jewels (Activities) and Review.
Rank Path: Once a Sparks clubber has received the HangGlider Handbook, he/she begins the HangGlider Rank Path. The Rank Path is a series of sections related to the child’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sparks complete the Rank Path before starting Red and Green Jewels. After finishing the Rank Path, Sparks receive the Rank Emblem.
Red Jewels (Bible Drills): Each Sparks Handbook contains four Red Jewel sections, which will be completed consecutively. Red Jewels relate to a particular topic of study (i.e., the Bible, sin, salvation and heaven).
Green Jewels (Activities): Each Sparks Handbook contains four Green Jewel sections. You may work on the Red and Green Jewels at the same time – but no skipping back and forth in the Red Jewel pages. You may skip around in the Green Jewel pages, but the sections in each Green Jewel must be done in order. Green Jewels also relate to a particular topic of study (i.e., missions, prayer and patriotism).
Review: If a Sparky completes the Red and Green Jewels before the end of the club year, he/she reviews the indicated sections with no helps. These sections are indicated with purple boxes where the Leader signs. After all the Review sections are completed, the extra Review verses at the back of the Handbook will be reviewed. Review is not required for Handbook completion rewards.
NOTE: It is VERY important that your Sparky brings his/her Handbook and wears his/her uniform to every Club night!!!
The following Table shows Handbook progression for children entering Sparks in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. Required materials are indicated with an asterisk.
- The goal is for each Sparky to complete one Handbook per club year. This can be accomplished by completing approximately three sections per week. Parental involvement at home is essential to help your Sparky complete the Handbook!
- If there are two verses in a section, both must be recited at one session and in the order in which they appear. Each section starts with, “Section #___”. Everything from that point down to the line stating, “Leader’s Signature” needs to be learned and recited at one time in order to pass that section.
- Sparks are allowed two helps per section for the Handbooks, Flight 3:16 booklet and workbooks. Sparks are not allowed any helps in the Review sections of the Handbooks. If a clubber needs more than two helps, the Sparky must begin the section over again.
- Both verse and reference must be recited in all materials.
- All memory work must be recited in person during Club night and sections may only be signed by Sparks Leaders or Awana Commanders. Exceptions to this will be only at the discretion of the Commanders and/or Directors.
- The last night to recite verses is defined on the Club Calendar.