Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Psalm 127:3

Junior Church is for children aged 4-years old through 10-years-old and is held at the same time as our regular Sunday morning preaching service from 11:00 A.M. until noon. Nathan and Nicole Brackett are the leaders.

The aim of Junior Church is to get the boys and girls to come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour and then to grow in Him. Services are taught using a variety of youth-oriented tools such as songs, object lessons, puppets, balloons, and skits.

Every Sunday, a chapter from the Bible is acted out using props with various members of the group. Time permitting, the service usually includes a Bible review game between the boys and the girls where Bible questions are asked of each group with points scored.

The name "Awana" is an acronym for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" referring to 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be a shamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".

The Awana Clubs are offered to our youth from preschool through the 6th grade. It meets in our Family Life Center each Wednesday night from 7:00 P.M. until 8:15 P.M. September through May.

At Gantt Street Baptist Church we offer several different Awana programs: Cubbies, Sparks, Truth and Training. Each of these groups are geared to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in an age appropriate manner through a Bible lesson, home study, daily quite time and scripture memory. In addition to the classroom, there is an exciting game time in our gym.

Puggles is the Awana club for 2 year olds. In Puggles, children are welcomed each week with play time, songs and simple crafts and activities. Leaders present age-appropriate lessons using large, colorful teaching cards, finger puppet plays and more. Lessons teach and reinforce four basic biblical precepts:

  • God Made Everything
  • God Saw That It Was Good
  • God is Love
  • Give Thanks

Cubbies is the Awana Club for preschoolers during the two years prior to regular kindergarten. This includes 3 and 4-year-olds. Must be 3 years old by September 1 of the current year. Cubbies® celebrates the spiritual potential of preschoolers (3- to 5-year olds) by helping them develop respect for God, His Son and His Word. Preschoolers can hardly wait for their next Cubbies club meeting. Whether it's the exciting games or all their Cubbies friends, they simply love it. At Story Time each week, preschoolers learn about God – the greatness of His love and His Word – and about His Son, Jesus Christ, the promised Savior. Non-competitive games build excitement and reinforce Story Time lesson themes.

Sparks is the Awana Club for kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders. Sparks® ignites the curiosity of early elementary-age kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. To many children in kindergarten to second grade, Sparks is the highlight of the week! They love their red vests, the exciting games and spending time with leaders and friends. Each year, Sparks clubbers:

  • explore the biographies of people of the Bible from a new portion of Scripture
  • memorize Bible verses
  • complete handbook activities

Truth and Training (T&T) is the Awana club for boys and girls who are in the 3rd through the 6th grade. Where handbooks and large-group lessons deepen a child's knowledge about God and His Word and teach how to put that knowledge into action in everyday life. T&T engages by answering their questions about God and the Bible, guiding them through this pivotal life stage to grow in Christ's grace.