Connect. Discuss. Equip. Share.
This is what our Sabbath school leaders do every Sabbath morning. From Beginners through to the Adults class, these mums, dads and church leaders have been creating innovative new ways to share the Gospel with others.
As new parents, my wife and I began taking our little boy along to the Beginner’s Sabbath school at our local church. The Sabbath school leaders had decorated the room beautifully and our little guy loved the songs, Bible stories, crafts and interaction with the other children.
The memories of these first Sabbaths at church with my little boy are something I will cherish forever. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the Australian Government’s social distancing rules, these programs can no longer run.
This means Sabbath school will now have to be run at home. For mums and dads around the world, this is a daunting task! Luckily, there’s Facebook!
My wife and I have created a Facebook page called SDA Sabbath School which hosts eight groups, one for each of the Sabbath school divisions (Beginners, Kindergarten, Primary, Juniors, Teens, Youth, Young Adults, Adults).
In these groups, parents and Sabbath school leaders can connect with each other, share resources (crafts, skits, songs, illustrations, videos, outdoor activities, discussion questions, etc) and discuss ways of teaching the lessons.
As more and more people share their ideas, it will provide a valuable resource for parents and Sabbath school leaders around the world.
“Parents have always had the greatest influence on their children’s spiritual development.”
Now I know what you’re all thinking: “Creating a Sabbath School class for our kids at home is a lot of work! Is it really worth it?”
As I was preparing for a recent sermon, I came across some research that transformed my priorities as a pastor. According to George Barna (the founder of the Barna Group), “a person’s lifelong behaviours and views are generally developed when they are young—particularly before they reach the teenage years.”1