Sabbath School Helps
Sabbath School Videos
This presentation is especially for all of my regular Sabbath School children, as well as those around the world, who are currently unable to attend church services. The "Lift Up the Trumpet" program on Last Day Events is for the Young AND Young at Heart since it includes several scripture songs. Please feel free to share this video with others that may be missing their regular Sabbath School classes.
Note to Parents: I recommend making a box of props for your children to hold while watching. Many of these could be made just out of a piece of paper. Props in the video include: Bible (preferably one with a picture of Jesus), scroll, flashlight, rainbow, colored fall leaves, snowflakes, "Jesus loves me" flag, cloud, trumpet, 10 commandments and an angel stick. On this page, you can find the angel stick pattern (and others) to trace or download and print.
Patterns for Sabbath School
Picture for Angel Sticks ---Right click on the picture and "save as" to your computer. 

Pattern for Jesus in the Clouds

Print on White Card stock.  Color as desired.  Fold in half.  Hold securely and cut out both the cloud and a matching cloud on the back.  Glue together inserting a tongue depressor at the bottom.  Cover with clear contact paper if desired. 

Jesus in the Clouds Pattern .pdf Jesus in the Clouds Pattern .pdf
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Sabbath School Song Cards
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Sabbath School Prop Tutorials
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?" (Job 38:22)
Despite their abundance, each snowflake that God made is different.
This tutorial will teach you how to make several paper snowflakes. In the process, you will discover how one basic technique can create an abundance of variety. Enjoy!
We used these for  a campmeeting program, but some people have expressed a desire to have these themselves for  teaching prophecy and the 3 Angels' messages simply. 



 

Would you like to study the sanctuary with your class? Several years ago, I made some Sanctuary lessons for my Primary/Junior class. 

These lessons include a memory verse and Bible questions, plus activities.

They are printable and downloadable and free for noncommercial use.

Ideas for Teaching Youth

 After much prayer and research, as well as interviews concerning what youth like and what happens at a good youth Sabbath School, this is the general formula that God led me to follow.

Pick a theme—Ex. The fruit of the Spirit, The armor or God, or Peter’s Ladder of Sanctification, the Lord's Prayer. Each week cover a specific part of that theme. (Ex. Faith)
 Begin with an icebreaker -- a question everyone gets to answer to stimulate conversation --this should go with the theme.  
Also sing songs to match the theme, have an object lesson to match the theme, tell a story that illustrates that theme and stimulates discussion, play an interactive Bible game that connects with the theme. Take turns having everyone read parts of the verses you are studying out of their Bibles. I move these elements around in the program, ordering them in the sequence they best fit in. 

The Icebreaker--Good icebreaker questions are open-ended, meaning they don't have a right or wrong answer.  In other words—anyone can answer the icebreaker question with confidence.  This is one of the youth's favorite parts. 
* Name the most important quality of a true friend. 
*What character in the Bible do you relate to?
*If you could hear God say one thing to you, what would it be?

Bible Game Examples 
 *Bible Sword Drill -- Have the youth race to see who can find a certain Bible text first.  The may be done by giving the text or a harder option is to have someone just begin reading at the beginning of a book or a chapter and have everyone look for it. 
* 20 questions--One person thinks of a Bible animal, person, or thing.  The others can only ask yes or no questions to figure out what it is. 
Bible similarities
  *Memory verse puzzle  -- This is actually a favorite. Write a memory verse you want to reinforce on a piece of paper. Cut it in "puzzle pieces" and hide them around the room.  Have the youth find them and put them together)
*Pictionary-- Have the youth draw Bible Stories for others to guess
* treasure hunt/diamond trail, etc. 


Object Lessons -- Some of the youth I interviewed love science experiments.  Any object lesson to illustrate your point is a wonderful addition to the program.   For example, once when I was talking about "bread" I showed how wheat is separated from the chaff  and then ground to make flour.  I had a hand grinder to demonstrate to the great delight of one of my visitors who had apparently never ground flour.  

The Story behind Beginning “Youth Sabbath”
One day as our family was reading together we came across a description of the story of the prodigal son, that we had never thought of before. The father saw him and had compassion on him, “when he was yet a great way off”.
Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
We began realizing that our ministry, while catering to those who love in-depth Bible studies, was leaving out a portion of people, particularly, but not really limited to youth, who we may at least see as “a great way off”. Maybe they aren’t interested in an extensive sermon, or maybe they just learn better by things that are “hands-on” and interactive.
Susanna particularly had a burden for our own two youth at home. Their first question is often “How many pages or how many slides is your sermon?” After reading a few quotations like these below, she set out on a quest to figure out how to teach a good youth class. (a class she had never before taught or really experienced either)
“As a church, as individuals, if we would stand clear in the judgment, we must make more liberal efforts for the training of our young people…”{RH, February 13, 1913 par. 6}
“If we teach the truth as it is in Jesus, religion will not be regarded as a drudgery, but as a delight.” {CSW 106.2}
“The work that lies next to our church-members is to become interested in our youth; for they need kindness, patience, tenderness, line upon line, precept upon precept. O, where are the fathers and mothers in Israel?...The Lord of heaven is looking on to see who is doing the work he would have done for the youth and the children.” {SpTEd 197.2}
The effort was to teach those that are often labeled and shunned as the “black sheep” or “prodigals” simply because they learn differently. After much prayer and research, as well as interviews concerning what youth like and what happens at a good youth Sabbath School, this is the general formula that God led her to follow.
Pick a theme—Ex. The fruit of the Spirit, The armor or God, or Peter’s Ladder of Sanctification. Each week cover a specific part of that theme. (Ex. Faith)
Sing songs to match the theme, have an object lesson to match the theme, tell a story that illustrates that theme and stimulates discussion, play an interactive Bible game that connects with the theme. Take turns having everyone read parts of the verse you are studying out of their Bibles.
We began implementing what we had learned at home, and the youth loved it. So we decided to move forward and have a “Youth Sabbath” where we could share with others once a month.