Sabbath School Then and Now
Sabbath School has been a part of the church teaching, young and old, what the Bible says about various topics, from about 1853, when James White, started a Sabbath School in Rochester, New York. Sabbath school then, was predominately a recitation period wherein students answered teachers posed questions. Singing, prayer and perhaps introduction to next week’s lesson made up the rest of the program 1. Today, however, the “adult” Sabbath School is a guided week’s lesson from a “Sabbath School quarterly”, comprised of 13, in depth, topical studies within the scope of the overall quarterly topic. Quarterly topics can and do vary; from topics as specific as, a study of “Roman’s” (for example), to a general study of “The Bible and human emotions”. Also within the parameters of “Sabbath School” is a brief, informative presentation of what the Seventh-day Adventist church is doing in various worldwide mission fields.
Something For Everyone
Sabbath School, at all levels, is a place to interact with each other and share how the Holy Spirit has touched you personally during the week’s, daily, study of the given topic. For toddlers and young children, Sabbath School may involve playing games or singing songs that direct the thoughts and desires to Jesus. For older children and teen-agers, Sabbath School may be a relaxed setting where conversation is centered on growing-up into Christ and thinking about making decisions with eternal implications. Collegiate Sabbath School class is designed with the young adults and college students in mind and is tailored to take issue with and give insight on topics that frequently trouble young people (i.e. drugs, dating and courtship, dealing with the stress of college life, money…). The Pastor’s, “Seeker’s” Sabbath School Class search the scripture for themes of salvation, wherein those who are new to our church or visitors may find answers to perplexing questions in a wholly safe and friendly atmosphere. The two adult Sabbath School classes, The Ambassador's and The Light Bearer's, in the Eureka church discuss a predetermined topic outlined in the Sabbath School quarterly. We also have an adult Sabbath School class for those more comfortable with the Spanish language.
An Open Invitation
Whichever class you decide to attend, you are assured an friendly, energetic, thought-provoking experience lead by the Holy Spirit. What Sabbath School is not, is a place where one person is right, and everyone else must get in line. Sabbath School is about sharing and teaching about the love of God, through Jesus Christ his son. Sabbath School is about allowing the Holy Spirit to influence everyone in the class as He will (not as we will) concerning a particular topic of study. Won’t you come and join us for Sabbath School?
But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
1. p. 160- "Light Bearers to the Remnant"; R.W. Schwarz; 1979; Pacific Press Publishing Association.