Sabbath School Ministries
Sabbath school is the “Ministry of Education” at Atholton. We seek to meet the spiritual growth needs of our members by emphasizing fellowship, outreach, Bible study, and mission – providing a rich spiritual environment in a practical, everyday setting. There is something for everyone, birth through 100+.
SABBATH SCHOOL LINKS & RESOURCES NEWSLETTER
This newsletter is designed just for kids (and parents of kids) from Cradle Roll to Juniors. It contains Sabbath School Zoom, lesson, and quarterly links; Cradle Roll, Graceville, and YouTube playlists; podcasts, online and special mission project giving opportunities; and many other helpful resources! Email us to subscribe!
Sabbath Schools for Children and Youth
All Children’s Sabbath Schools are meeting in person at the church.
If you would like to receive Children’s Ministries emails or get contact information for our Sabbath School leaders, please email our Children’s Pastor at Pastoranastacia@atholton.org.
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An interactive program revolving around a theme focusing on God’s love and care for me. The program includes songs, activities, finger plays, poems and Bible stories. A Bible lesson which changes monthly is also taught and children are encouraged to memorize a memory verse. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child.
Meet with us outdoors each Sabbath, weather-permitting, at 9:45 am under the trees by the gym.
BYO chairs or blanket
Adults should be masked
Worship safely at homewith our pre-recorded DIY programs.
Find these on Atholton’s YouTube channel under the Children’s Ministries playlist.
Visit the YouTube channel Bible Friends for monthly lesson videos.
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A multifaceted program using the GraceLinks curriculum which focuses on God’s love and care as well as how He wants me to work for Him. There are four dynamics included each quarter –
- Grace – Jesus loves me
- Community – we love each other
- Worship – I love you
- Service – we love you
The children enjoy singing, praying, doing crafts and learning about Jesus as they experience these different components of Sabbath School. At this level children are encouraged to come to Sabbath School on their own, however parents are welcome to attend if their child needs extra support.
The Primary class shares God’s word in a way that comes to life and will lead our children to come to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. Through exciting songs, heartfelt prayer time, great Bible stories of faith and interesting activities our children learn about Jesus in a fun and interactive way. Students are encouraged to come prepared to study their lesson and to know their memory verse. They are rewarded for their work and participation. As Jesus came to serve, the Primary class strives to give our children opportunities to serve in our church and the community. They are also taught about the importance of world missions. The Primary class encourages our children to passionately pursue God, to develop a personal relationship with Him, so that He will delight in using them to accomplish His plans.
The GraceLinks PowerPoints Sabbath School Bible study guides are used for a dynamic Bible study experience. Nearly all the lessons are based on a Bible story taught from the perspective of the theme for the day — the PowerPoint. Each week they use discussion time, small groups, and games to facilitate the learning and application of the PowerPoint. An integral part of the program is singing and prayer time, as well as hearing stories from Adventist Missions around the world.
Earliteens learn and discuss the Real-Time Faith curriculum, which is based on God’s kingdom of grace, being a recruited agent (steward, citizen) of that kingdom, and the battle between it and the kingdom of evil. Being in God’s kingdom requires action—being doers and not just listeners (James 1:22) of how to live as God’s agents on this earth.
The first lesson of each quarter of the two-year cycle is a different portion of the Sermon on the Mount which is “at once Christ’s inaugural address as King of the kingdom of grace and also the constitution of the kingdom” (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 322).
After the first lesson of each quarter each of the other twelve lessons (or sets of lessons) is about a different challenge, right, or privilege in the “real-time” of being an agent of God’s kingdom. Our goal is to guide young people to be fully engaged Christians and to make decisions now that will have life-long positive impact.
Earliteen Sabbath School is meeting in person at the church, at 10:00 am. Please remember to bring your mask and social distance.
The purpose of the youth class is to invite our youth to commit to a personal relationship and lasting experience with Jesus Christ. The youth class has four priorities: an effective Bible study that is personal, practical and meaningful; development of a dynamic prayer life; providing impactful community outreach and service projects; and engaging in the work of the Gospel through missions. The class provides fun programs, activities and events that allow students to express their faith through their own words and actions; to encourage them to use their individual talents in programs and ministries that interest them; and to nurture and strengthen their spiritual faith through volunteer opportunities in the community.
For information about other youth activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Sabbath School
Some adult Sabbath School classes are meeting in person at the church, and some continue to meet virtually. Click the groups below to expand for more information and meeting details. For details to join a virtual class, please email email@example.com.
Through fellowship and discussion of the quarterly lesson this class will seek to … encourage to … and learn to … live by faith.
This study will assist new members as they begin their daily walk with Jesus. We will focus on these topics each quarter:
- “The Journey Begins” will help you understand how Jesus can be and is your Master, Teacher, Friend and Brother and what impact this can have on your daily life.
- “The Power of Love” focuses on our need to return home to our heavenly Father – and the Father’s loving reaction to our return.
- “The Power of the Word” provides a comprehensive overview of God’s involvement in history and an authoritative guide for our lives by reading and studying His word, the Bible.
- “The Power of Mission” focuses on us as today’s disciples of Jesus and how we should build our lives around His Commission and Commandment.
The study of God’s Word can provide spiritual nourishment daily will be the main focus of this class as the quarterly lesson is discussed. Together we will …
- Search the Word (Acts 17:11)
- Share the Word (John 5:39)
- Live by His Word (2 Samuel 22:24)
Meets on Sabbath morning at 9:30 am via Zoom.
Have you ever been challenged on your faith? “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect …” 1 Peter 3:15. Witnessing is not just about certain beliefs, but needs to start from wherever the people are! In this class we will talk about today’s questions. What about relativism? Is there a God? What is evil? These questions are being pushed in the world, and we are commanded to be ready to give an answer to people who ask! Not just a tract or a statement, but a real, flesh and blood conversation, with reasons for our beliefs.
Meets at 10:00 am Sabbath morning before worship via Zoom.
- Message (Bible study)
- Mission (local and international mission)
- Mingle (fellowship)