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Sparks Large Group Time Ideas

Presented by Mary Glover, Awana Missionary – Indiana

Start with PRAYER

  • Sometimes a Leader
  • Sometimes a Clubber
  • Take Prayer Request

Sing

  • Songs with Motions work out wiggles
  • Go from fast pace to slow
  • Keep them about the Lord
  • Remember the goal: To help them listen

Story/Lesson

  • Age appropriate
  • Relate to Sparky
  • Use Visuals
  • Keep It Simple – Use your eyes, voice, hands and body language. Enjoy the lesson with them.

Give the Gospel

  • Without the gospel being presented, you haven’t had Awana
  • Keep the invitation short
  • Close with prayer

Awards

  • Have lots of praise
  • Only present to those in uniform all night


Be sure to tell EACH CLUBBER good-bye, hello

  • It tells them they were noticed
  • It tells them they will be missed
  • They need to know they are important


Bible Story Alternatives

  • Bible Drills with a theme
  • Question Night – have questions submitted 2 or 3 weeks before hand
  • Bible Quiz Night – lots of notice so they can study up. Include all handbooks
  • Act out a story. This is a greater review method. Use a clubber for each character and have them act out the story. Change clubbers and do it again.
  • Guest Missionary

 

Updated: May 10, 2014 — 12:38 pm

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  1. The hardest part of our Sparks large group time is giving out awards at the very end of the night (new badges, book completion, jewels). How have you found the best way to do this? Our club has about 70 clubbers so trying to get them all to sit relatively still and quiet enough to hear names called out for awards is the most difficult part of the night.

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