Pine Ridge's Involvement

Pine Ridge Bible Church offers Awana for ages 3 through high school on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. 


For the most up-to-date information on the program please refer to the calendar page or our Awana Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/awanaatpineridge.


Mission Organization

Awana Clubs International is an independent non-profit organization.

Ministry Overview

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry with fully integrated evangelism and long-­term discipleship programs for ages 2 to 18 that actively involves parents and church leaders.


Biography/Description of Ministry

Each week, more than 2 million children and youth, 330,000 volunteers and 260 field staff take part in Awana in 30,000 churches around the world. Offered through local churches, Awana reaches kids where they’re at and walks alongside them in their faith journey.

In 1941, the children's program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago laid the foundation for the principles of Awana. Lance Latham, North Side's senior pastor, collaborated with the church's youth director, Art Rorheim, to develop weekly clubs that would appeal to churched and non-­churched kids. As a pioneer in children’s ministry, Art created new and innovative ways to reach kids with the gospel and lead them to know, love and serve Jesus Christ.

Other churches learned about the success of the program and inquired about its availability. In 1950, Latham and Rorheim founded Awana as a para-church organization.

By 1960, 900 churches had started Awana programs. By 1972, Awana began its first international club in Bolivia. Today, children and youth in 104 countries participate in Awana programs and millions of adults are alumni. Awana serves churches from 100 different denominations.

Across the globe, Awana gives kids from every background and cultural setting a place to belong, build confidence and grow in faith. Awana continually expands to make disciples by pursuing new locations and partnerships. God is using the ministry of Awana in prisons, refugee camps, slums and other hard to reach places around the world.


Awana Grand Prix


Since 2012 Pine Ridge has been joining Beulah Missionary for their Awana Grand Prix. 


This is an event where the children work with their parents to build a gravity powered car that runs down a sloped track.  The wood block, wheels, and axles come from the Awana program.  Finished cars must meet size and weight requirements but there's a lot of room for the kids to be creative.



From the 2014 Grand Prix Race Day:





Beulah Missionary Church –Awana Grand Prix
March 8, 2014


1.  THE CAR KIT.  The car must be built using only the official Awana Grand Prix Car Kit. This includes a block of wood, four axles, and four wheels.    Wood block, axle, and/or wheel substitutions are not permitted.   Cars raced in other Awana Grand Prix events, or other Pinewood Derby events of any kind, are not eligible for competition.

2.  THE KIDS.  Cars should be built by the clubber with the assistance of an adult.  The car should not be totally designed and built by an adult (except for the cars competing in the adult class).

3.  DIMENSIONS and WEIGHT.  All cars will be checked on a scale and put through a "Tech" box to check car dimensions.  Size and weight limits are the same as outlined by the AWANA Grand Prix rule book, and are also listed below:
? Overall car length shall not exceed 7.0”.
? Overall car width shall not exceed 2.75” (2 ¾”) wheel-to-wheel.
? Overall car height shall not exceed 3.0”.
? Overall car weight shall not exceed 5.0 oz (weight may be added to cars at time of Tech Inspection, but the weight must be securely attached).
? The distance between the wheels (side-to-side) cannot be less than 1.75” (1 ¾”) or the car will not fit on the track.
? The bottom clearance of the car cannot be less than .375” (3/8”), to prevent the bottom of the car from rubbing on the track lane dividers.

4.  WHEELBASE.  Axle slots have been pre-cut. Axle slots can be repositioned or new axle holes may be drilled.   There is no restriction on wheelbase; however, the overall car length must not be exceeded.

5.  WHEELS and AXLES.  Wheels and axles may be polished to remove rough edges and to make perfectly smooth; however, the original “Awana Grand Prix” text must be visible on all four wheels.  Wheel edges may be rounded, but wheels may not be lightened, cut-down, or narrowed.  Wheels must retain their original width and diameter.  Finished wheel should still weigh at least 2.0 grams.  Grooved axles are not permitted.  

6.  NO EXTRA PARTS on AXLES.  Wheel bearings, bushings, washers, and springs are prohibited.

7.  GRAVITY ONLY.  Starting devices are prohibited.  Car must be freewheeling.

8.  CAR SHAPE.  The front of the car should not come to a point so that it is difficult to set behind the starting peg.  The front of the car should not be notched, or sloped, so that any part of the car extends past the starting peg for an unfair starting advantage.

9.  DECORATIONS.  Addition of decals, driver, steering wheel, fenders, car trim, accessories, and paint are permitted as long as they do not cause the car to exceed specified dimensions or weight.

10.  RACE CAR NUMBER.  The car number MUST appear somewhere on the car, but it can be on the bottom.  To avoid confusion; no other numbers, other than the official race number chosen at time of registration, may be on the car.

11.  LUBRICANTS.  Any liquid lubricant or powdered graphite may be used for the axles.  There are no limitations on the type of lubrication used on the axles as long as it does not fall off onto the track or interfere with another car’s performance (No excess lubrication please). 

12.  OPEN PRACTICE on RACE DAY.   An open practice session will be available on race day for the purpose of test runs only.  No side-by-side racing will be allowed.   Racers can tweak and adjust their cars, and take as many practice runs as needed.  Practice will be CLOSED 30 minutes prior to the deadline for Tech Inspection.

13.  TECH INSPECTION on RACE DAY.  All cars must pass Tech Inspection by the Awana Grand Prix Inspector(s).  Inspectors may send cars to the Repair Table if there is a question about meeting these rules and specifications.  If an Inspector suspects your car is using unapproved or purchased speed parts (lightened wheels, lathed wheels, grooved axles, etc), you will be asked to disassemble your car for a closer inspection.  If you car is caught with any non-Awana (unapproved) speed parts, you will not be allowed to race.

14.  PIT TABLE on RACE DAY.  After Tech Inspection, no alteration of the car is allowed.  This means that final preparation and lubrication must be done before check-in (You are not allowed to add any lubrication between race heats).  Following Tech Inspection, each car will be taken, and will remain, at the Pit Table until the conclusion of all races.  Cars will be returned after the race and at no other time.  The only time that racers may touch their cars is during their race heat (to place their car on the track, and then to return it to the Pit Table). 

15.  CLEAN RUN on RACE DAY.  If a car jumps the track, there will be a new heat. If a car jumps the track three times in one heat, it will be disqualified for that heat unless it is determined by the judges to be the result of the track. Cars that fishtail and go through the finish line in their own lane without causing any interference with another car will be considered a valid heat.

16.  ACCIDENTS and REPAIRS on RACE DAY.  If a car becomes damaged on race day, an attempt to repair the car will be made by an Awana Race Official.   Repairs to tires and axles will be permitted (Spare axles and wheels will be available at the Pit Table).  Reattachment of weights or other trim-type parts will not be permitted.  Re-lubing will not be permitted.  Parents may watch the repair, but cannot touch the car.

17.  PARENTS on RACE DAY.  Parents, Grandparents, and other adults CANNOT repair, lube, or touch a clubbers race car between the time of car check-in and the end of the race.  Only judges can repair cars damaged during the race.

18.  ATTITUDE.  Conduct for this event is to be CHRISTIAN in attitude and nature!  Unruly or overzealous participants or spectators (including adults) may cause the disqualification of the car.

19.  ALL DECISIONS of the JUDGES ARE FINAL.   Thank you for participating in the Beulah Missionary Church Awana Grand Prix.

Jan. 4, 2012


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