Activities for Sabbath School

by Rebecca Nelles

Sabbath School takes place on Saturdays for Seventh-Day Adventists, who, like their Jewish brothers and sisters, keep the Sabbath on Saturday. Seventh-Day Adventists of all ages can participate in Sabbath School, which is defined on the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries website as "discipleship through religious education" with "emphases in fellowship, outreach, Bible study, and mission." (See Reference 1).

God's Scrapbook

Rachel Whitaker suggests this activity in Guide Magazine's Sabbath Action Blast section. (See Reference 3). Have students choose a page to design for God's scrapbook. Let one student choose to make the "My Son" page with pictures and captions from Jesus' ministry on earth. Allow another student to make a "My Friends" page, with pictures of the Sabbath School class and faithful characters from the Bible. Encourage a third student to make a "My Masterpieces" page and include pictures of Adam and Eve, sunsets, trees, meadows, oceans, animals and children.

Many-Headed Storyteller

Divide the class evenly into groups. Tell students to choose one student in each group to act as host. Ask the host to choose a Bible story that the other group members will tell one word at a time. Encourage students to be creative and to tell the story in their own words. If the "heads" telling the story get stuck, allow the host to chime in with a word to pick the story back up. Make sure that students take turns contributing one word at a time in the order that they are seated.

Sabbath School Journals

Set aside time at the beginning of a Sabbath School session for junior high and high school students to journal. Write a Scripture verse, a quote from Christ-centered reading material or a question on the board for students to ponder. For example, ask, "Who are some faith-filled heroes in your lives?" or "What can you do to be more like Christ?" When students are finished writing, ask if anyone would like to share his or her thoughts with the class. Encourage students to use the journals as part of their prayer time outside of class. Suggest that they use their journals to write down questions that arise as they read Scripture or as a place to write letters to God.

Numbers

Seat the class in a circle. Have the first player think of a number in the Bible, like six---the number of days it took God to create the world---or 40---the number of days Jesus spent in the desert. When the first player calls out the number he or she has chosen, everyone else thinks of what is connected with that number. Whoever guesses correctly first gets to choose the next number.

About the Author

Rebecca Nelles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University. Additionally, she has earned minors in both creative writing and women's studies. She has been published on eHow.com and also in Eastern Illinois University's literary journal, "The Vehicle."