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First Baptist offers free Western Night
Students enjoy a night of singing, dancing, learning and worshipping while attending the Awana program at First Baptist Church. Pictured, front row, from left, are McKenley Panter, 7, Gracee O’Neal, 7, and Kerrigan Johnson, 5. Back row, Ella Gore, 6, Liam Warden, 8, Anna Templeton, 8, Ava Gore, 7, Thomas Smith, 6, Nova Ferrell, 8, Nevaeh Brokmeier, 7, and Lanie Jones, 5.

Western attire and worship will come together as First Baptist Church’s Awana program holds a free Western Night open to children of the community.

The event aims to provide refreshments and fun activities while spreading the gospel.

This Sunday, Feb. 16, the Awana program is opening its doors to a free night of communion. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. for children age 2 to those in fifth grade.

“We encourage the children to dress up as cowboys or cowgirls and ask all of them to bring a friend,” says First Baptist Church’s director of childhood ministries, Tammy Trembley. “We’re hosting this special evening to raise awareness of this fun program for kids.”

Western Night will include hotdogs, chips, beverages, Western-themed games, worship music, a Bible story and other activities. If a student brings a friend to Western Night who has never attended Awana, their names will be entered into a drawing for the student and friend to each win $25 gift cards to Three Star Cinema.

“The children who come to Awana really enjoy it, and we would love to invite everybody to come to Western Night to have fun, make new friends and learn about Christ,” says Trembley.

Awana is a discipleship program teaching children about God, and how to serve Him. Awana is located throughout the country and world, but First Baptist is the only church in McMinnville to have the program.  Awana is open to all children regardless of if they are members of the church’s congregation.

The local Awana at First Baptist Church holds various mission projects throughout the year. The group orchestrated Operation Christmas Child, and has collected a variety of items, such as gloves, coats, hats and other articles of clothing for those in need during the winter months. These donations are given to different organizations, including the Children’s Advocacy Center. 

Trembley has been the leader of the Awana program at First Baptist since 2016. Awana holds a class each Sunday throughout the school year. During the summer, the children’s ministry helps underprivileged kids in the community through the Beyond Our Walls program.

Transportation to and from Western Night is offered through the church. For more information, contact Trembley at 473-4416 or by email at