What is AWANA?

2019-2020 AWANA year begins on Wednesday, September 11th.
Registration begins Sunday, August 18th.

Registration forms are available online (see below) and in TGF’s Fellowship Hall and church office. Please call the church office for more information at 760.360.0686 or email

If you would like to volunteer to help (which allows more children to attend AWANA), please fill out a Children’s Ministry Volunteer Form (found here) and get your LiveScan (download form here) completed or pick up both forms in the church office.

  • LiveScan is completed at no cost to you.

  • LiveScan needs to be completed, even if you have already had a scanning done for another organization. Private information cannot be shared between outside parties.

Questions? Email Courtney Rehbehn at


Approved WorkERS Are Not Ashamed … AWANA!

AWANA at The Garden Fellowship is a Bible-centered ministry geared toward youth from preschool through high school.

AWANA’s goal is to reach out to children, teenagers, and their families with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. To learn about the prayer, vision, mission and values of AWANA visit

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

When We Meet:

All Clubs (preschool through 12th grade) meet on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:15pm (September through May) at The Garden Fellowship - 79733 Country Club Drive, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203. Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time!

Our Clubs:

Birth through two-year-old Children’s Ministry is available for families attending Wednesday evening church service. (Parents must remain on campus).

For more information on our different clubs, check out our AWANA Clubs page.  Please click for the: Welcome/Info Letter and 2019-2020 AWANA Calendar.

Registration Forms

Please click on the following link(s), print your form and bring it into the church office for submission and payment.

Registration & Materials Fees:

Annual dues and materials fees for Cubbies, Sparks, T&T, Trek and Journey includes preliminary club booklet, curriculum book and bag, vest, t-shirt and awards pendant and awards (if applicable) for the entire club year. Uniforms, additional handbooks and replacement for lost items will have a separate payment.

  • Cubbies: Annual Dues ($15) + Materials Fees ($30) = $45

  • Sparks: Annual Dues ($15) + Materials Fees ($35) = $50

  • T&T: Annual Dues ($15) + Materials Fees ($35) = $50

  • Trek: Annual Dues ($15) + Materials Fees ($25) = $40

  • Journey: Annual Dues ($15) + Materials Fees ($15) = $30

AWANA service discounts, as well as, scholarships are available (see Courtney Rehbehn).

  • AWANA Service Discount: For each parent who serves in our AWANA program on a weekly basis, their family’s annual dues will be waived. Qualified volunteers must fill out an application and pass a background check.

Club Uniforms:

  • Upon completion of the entrance booklet, clubbers will receive their AWANA uniform. We encourage each clubber to wear the uniform as AWANA requires in order to receive an earned award. All clubbers must wear athletic shoes (no boots or sandals please) in order to participate in game time. See AWANA Clubs page for more information on uniform costs.

AWANA Leadership Team 2018-2019:

  • AWANA Director: Courtney Rehbehn

  • Cubbies: TBD

  • Sparks: Laura Latham

  • T&T: Laura Latham

  • Trek: Nicole Lavy

  • Journey: Jeff & Karin Hesseltine

  • Games: Marianne Barneson & Manuel Avila

  • AWANA Club Secretaries: Christin Castellanos. Marilyn Clardie and Laura Cranford

Parent Involvement:

Though club night is very exciting for the kids, and often the highlight of their week, we recognize that most of the spiritual instruction is going to happen as parents help their kids memorize the verses at home and explain the meaning of each verse. We strongly encourage parents to get plugged in by serving in the ministry on Wednesday nights. This makes it possible for more families to join AWANA and grow in their relationship with Jesus as your family has.

Club Night Format:

Download the AWANA Calendar – The AWANA Calendar shows the nights we meet, the nights when there is no club meeting and the Club Night Themes.

An AWANA meeting consists of five (5) main parts. (Please note that each of these elements has different names in each of the different Clubs.)

  • Opening Time: All Clubs begin on the Game Square at 6:30pm with Opening Ceremonies. Opening Ceremonies include: flag salute, prayer, songs and announcements.

  • Handbook Time: During handbook time, clubbers recite the memory verses that they have been practicing at home. It is important that your child understand the verse as well as be able to recite it. Your child is required to recite the verse AND the reference. When the leader is satisfied that the clubber has covered the handbook material adequately, they will sign the handbook for awards.

  • Game Time: Game time offers clubbers the opportunity to participate as team members in physical and mental activities. This helps develop team spirit, good sportsmanship, coordination skills and self confidence. Although games are competitive in nature and winning is desirable, leaders are encouraged to give top priority to building and preserving each clubbers’ self esteem. To maintain the safety of our clubbers, children not wearing appropriate clothing and athletic shoes will not be allowed to participate in games.

  • Large Group Time: During large group time your clubbers will receive a Bible lesson or take part in an activity that enforces the theme and/or message of the night. The motivation for large group time is to create a safe atmosphere where clubbers can be motivated to “make decisions for Christ or strengthen their spiritual walk.”

  • Closing Time: Final announcements and recognition of AWANA kid’s achievements.

*More Info on AWANA

AWANA is an international, Bible-centered children’s and youth ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs, and training for students in pre-school through high school. Their goal is to equip churches to reach kids, and their families, with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. The acronym AWANA comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.

AWANA began in 1950 as a youth program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lance Latham, the church pastor, worked with Art Rorheim to develop a program that would appeal to young people, reach them with the gospel and train them in the Lord’s work. Other churches heard about the success of the AWANA program and asked if they could use it. By 1960, AWANA had registered 900 churches to start AWANA.

Today, more than 12,000 U.S. churches run AWANA. There are clubs in all 50 states. AWANA can also be found in over 3,300 churches in 109 other countries and 6 continents. To view the AWANA International Doctrinal Statement visit

AWANA’s college scholarship or university program connects students with opportunities for ongoing education by rewarding them with financial scholarships from quality institutions. Recognizing the high caliber of students that emerge from Awana Youth Ministries, the schools included in this link are eager to provide scholarships for students who have reached various levels of achievement within the Awana® curriculum. View opportunities by clicking on this link.

If you have any questions, please contact