Sparks ignites the curiosity of 5 to 7-year old kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ.
To many children in their early years of school, Sparks is the highlight of the week. They love their red vests, the exciting games and spending time with leaders and friends.
Sparks is divided into three years, each with a unique rank: HangGlider, WingRuner and SkyStormer. Each year Sparks clubbers:
- Explore the biographies of people of the Bible from a new portion of Scripture
- Memorise Bible verse
- Complete handbook activities
The handbook, combines with Large Group Time lessons from the WHO Do I Need to Know From the Bible series, take your child on a journey through the entire Bible.
To join Sparks your child must be 5 years old by 1st September. Along the way, Sparky, the friendly firefly, and his three friends have many exciting adventures that can be read in the handbook. Sparky encourages kids to learn verses and complete assignment throughout the three handbooks.
Sparks curriculum is comprised of three handbooks. Each handbook builds a foundation of biblical wisdom through memory verse drills, crafts, activities and review of key doctrine and Bible facts.
Before working in the first handbook HangGlider, all newcomers to Sparks will complete an entrance booklet – Flight 3:16 – that centers on the gospel message of John 3:16. WingRunner and SkyStormer handbooks challenge Sparkies to learn about 15 more verses than the preceding book.
Each handbook includes an audio CD with a reading of all the Bible biographies, memory verses and character stories featuring Sparky the Firefly and his friends Chloe, Jacob and Joel.
All sections in the Sparks handbooks should be passed in order. There are just two exceptions: one is Red Jewel 1: 4 which involves bringing a friend to the club and the other is the missionary section in Green Jewel 2. Clubbers can continue working through their books even if these two sections are not completed. Sections may be signed, but a jewel cannot be awarded until all four sections in that jewel are completed.
It is the goal to have each clubber complete one handbook per year, however, we understand that not all children will be able to do this. If a clubber has not completed their handbook by the end of the club year then they will continue in their handbooks the following year.
Sparks Uniform and Awards
Sparkies love the classic red vest and the awards they earn in Sparks that display their progress.
- Sparks Emblem
- HangGlider Rank Emblem
- WingRunner Rank Emblem
- SkyStormer Rank Emblem
- HangGlider Review Emblem
- HangGlider Pilot Wings and Jewels
- HangGlider Extra Credit Pin
- Church Attendance Emblems
- Awana GO Emblem
When Sparks complete the first portion of their handbooks they will earn a Sparks Rank Emblem to go on their vest: HangGlider (2), WingRunner (3) and SkyStormer (4). These emblems are to be attached on the upper left side of their vest below the Sparks emblem (1). These emblems are designed to be worn together and to build upon one another, so there is no need to remove the previous year’s emblem before sticking on the current year’s emblem.
SPARKS PILOT WINGS
Sparkies receive a pilot wing when they earn their first achievement jewel in a particular handbook. Pilotwings are green for HangGlider (6), blue for WingRunner and red for SkyStormer.
There are 12 achievement jewels for each handbook with 4 of each colour. That’s a total of 36 jewels (6) for all three Sparks handbooks. Red and green jewels are awarded for completing handbook sections. Blue jewels are awarded for club attendance and Sparkies receive these are the end of each attendance period if they’ve had no more than one unexcused absence during that period.
For more information on jewel placement for the pilot wings, see the Sparks Uniform Awards page at the end of each handbook.
REVIEW EMBLEM AND EXTRA CREDIT PIN
Once a Sparky has completed their handbook they have the opportunity to review all their verses again. On completion, they will receive their Review Emblem, and if they complete all the additional pages in their Review Book they will receive an Extra Credit Pin (7).
To earn a Sparky Award, a clubber must complete the three Sparks handbooks, which involves memorizing 150 verses.
Parents play a leading role in their child’s spiritual development.
Invest in your child’s growing faith by reading and discussing the bible and the handbook sections with your child and by helping them memorise the verses. You can also use the Parent Ideas section in each handbook to help your child understand the biographies and see how they fit in the Bible.
We recommend initialing each verse your child has memorised with you, so our leaders can easily see during Handbook Time which verse they have practiced at home and are ready to recite.