- Sabbath School
Sabbath School is a function of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Seventh Day Baptistand some other sabbatarian denominations, that roughly parallels Sunday Schoolin most other Protestantdenominations.
Sabbath School usually begins around 9:30am (or 10:00am, especially in the United Kingdom) on Saturday
morningsbefore the worship servicestarts. The Sabbath school service typically has two portions. The first portion begins with a song service, followed by a mission emphasis and a short talk. The second, and larger portion, is the lesson study.
When Sabbath School draws to a close, people file back into the
sanctuaryand the worship service begins, usually at 11:00am.
One does not have to be a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to actively participate in Sabbath School. Many people attend without joining the church, and Sabbath school membership is often two to three three times greater than that of the church itself.
Adultchurch members are provided with the Adult [Sabbath School] Bible Study Guide which is issued quarterly (four times a year). It is also known as the "Quarterly" [ [http://www.pacificpress.com/index.php?pgName=splSearch&sku=10967400 Pacific Press® Publishing Association - Search ] ] and the "Lesson". It is published by Pacific Press Publishing Association. Sabbath School quarterlies are Bible study guides that cover a specific topic or book of the bible every quarter. The quarterly is designed to be read during the week, so that during Sabbath School, the class members are ready to discuss questions and topics raised in that lesson in small groups. The Adult Sabbath School always has a heavy focus on the Bible. All Seventh-day Adventists around the world use the same Sabbath school quarterly, translated into the necessary languages(with few exceptions such as Germany, who cover the same topic with different material). The current editor of the Adult Sabbath School lessons is Clifford Goldstein.
At the same time as the adult study,
childrenattend classes aimed at their age group. Typical age group divisions are Beginner (infants), Kindergarten (K), Primary (Grades 1-3), Junior (Grades 4-6), Earliteen (Grades 7-8), and Youth (High School and University). Each age division has its own specific quarterly, which are titled by the class name up to Primary. Juniors and Earliteens often share the same quarterly entitled "PowerPoints", although some Earliteen groups use a new separate publication entitled "Real Time Faith". Youth use either "Cornerstone Connections" or "Collegiate Quarterly (CQ)". In some churches, the children receive a weekly magazineat the close of Sabbath school, which they can read quietly during the sermon. Kindergarten receives " Our Little Friend", Primary receives " Primary Treasure", Juniors and Earliteens receive "Guide", and the Youth receive "Insight". The most popular magazine tends to be "Guide".Fact|date=July 2008
Seventh-day Adventist Church
* [http://absg.adventist.org/ Adult Bible Study Guide] official website
* [http://www.adventistarchives.org/documents.asp?CatID=166&SortBy=1&ShowDateOrder=True Sabbath School Quarterly] archives. Adventist Archives
* [http://www.spectrummagazine.org/articles/Sabbath+School Sabbath School Center] from "Spectrum" magazine
* [http://www.creativeministry.org/article.php?id=86 Contemporary Comments] on the lesson by the
Center for Creative Ministry
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