SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY
Sabbath school starts at 9.15am. It's a time where we sing, we can discuss the teachings of the Bible and socialise with each other.
Sabbath school classes are divided into the following general age groups:
- Adults (ages 26+)
- Youth (ages 16 - 25)
- Teens (ages 10-15)
- Primary (ages 6-9)
- Kindergarten (ages 3-5)
- Beginners (for parents with infants 0-2 yrs)
Outlined below is a typical Sabbath school program for the adults -
- Song service
- Special Item - this can be a musical item or even a drama performance on an aspect or story in the Bible
- Mission Story - Every three months, the Seventh-day Adventist church focuses on a certain region of the world and on how church members can help people in that region. The needs and stories of these people are told.
- Offering - Adventists collect an offering in Sabbath school to support the mission project.
- Lesson Study - At this point everyone breaks into small groups to study the Bible. You can choose which group you want to attend. The duration of the lesson study is about 30-40 minutes. During this time, Adventists study the Bible using the Sabbath school lesson as a guide. The Sabbath school lesson is a Bible-study guide produced every three months by the worldwide church's Sabbath School Department. People are encouraged to study the lesson throughout the week and, during Sabbath school, discuss what it is teaching and have the opportunity to share how it has made an impact on them. Here is an online version of our Bible Study Guide.
The Mid-Day service starts at 11.00am on Saturday. It is a time where we can unite together, gather strength from the Word of God and learn more about God.
Following is an example of a typical weekly church service -
- Praise and Worship in singing - singing of contemporary Christian songs or hymns and praises to God.
- Offering - for local running costs or mission projects.
- Children's Story - a short story is told to teach the Children about an aspect of the Bible.
- Special Item - This can be a musical item or even a drama performance on an aspect or story in the Bible.
- Scripture Reading - a passage of the Bible is read that is relevant to the sermon
- The message - The local pastor or a guest speaker will share a message with the congregation on God's Word
- Benediction - the preacher closes the service with prayer.
- Lunch - on some special weeks our church has a free lunch (yes, there is such a thing!) so you can meet new people or catch up with friends.
ADVENTIST YOUTH (AY) SERVICE
The Adventist Youth Service begins at 4:15pm on Saturday. Everyone is invited back to this service where the youth take the lead, this session is a little less informal and serves as one of the foremost training grounds for our youth. During AY you will experience more singing, Bible study, dramatizations, Christian life presentations and group discussions targeted to everyone but especially for youth.
Here is an example of a typical AY service -
- Song Service
- Fellowship Session (where you get to know someone else better)
- Main presentation (varies and may include a single presenter, a panel discussion, drama, group sessions, Bible study sessions, etc)
- Vespers (this short presentation ties the theme of the entire AY sessioin together giving a biblical theme and a charge for the week ahead)
- Benediction - closing of the service with prayer.
- AY sometimes include nature nuggets and sessions on the History of the SDA church.