Kindergarten – 5th Grade Sabbath School

Dear Parents:
Welcome to our online Sabbath school classroom! I am thrilled that God has provided a way for us (along with your help) to be able to minister to your child or children while we experience these unique times. I have provided a lesson plan for you to follow at home to facilitate the learning experience.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. During our class time we learned about the 9th and final fruit of the spirit, Self-control. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, the roots that ground us are our friend-ship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We had a brief discussion about what self-control is, the things that challenge us to exercise self-control, and celebrated that God is able to grow self-control in our lives. We also read through the story of the arrest and crucifixion of Je-sus and how he showed the ultimate example of self-control in going through with what God asked him to do even though it was painful and saddening. Jesus calls us, his followers, to use self-control during difficult times so that we can glorify our father in heaven too.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. During our class time we learned about the 8th fruit of the spirit, GENTLENESS. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, the roots that ground us are our friendship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We had a brief discussion about what gentleness is, what we are gentle with, and the fact that when we care about people, animals, or the things in our lives, then we ought to treat them with gentleness. We also read through the story of the Sinful/Adulterous woman whom was condemned by the pharisees but who Jesus showed gentleness and mercy to by forgiving her. Jesus calls us, his followers to do the same by showing others the fruit of the spirit of “gentleness” as well as mercy.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, JANUARY 16

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. During our class time we learned about the sixth fruit of the spirit, GOODNESS. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, the roots that ground us are our friendship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We had a brief discussion about the things we thought were “good” vs. “not good” and learned that since GOODNESS is a FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, GOODNESS COMES FROM GOD. We also read through the story of the Good Samaritan as we pondered who our “neighbor” is, we were reminded that Jesus calls us to do “good” to everyone, not just those who live with us or next door to us.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of months. During our class time we learned about the third fruit of the spirit, KINDNESS. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, the roots that ground us are our friendship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We also read through the story of when Abraham was visited by 3 strangers and the way in which Abraham showed them kindness upon receiving them. Specifically, we talked about how he rushed to greet them, gave them water to drink, gave them dinner made of his choicest meat, how he washed their feet. All of these actions spoke of the kindness stored up in his heart, a result of his friendship with God. We spoke of the different ways we could show kindness to our guests and to those closest to us , remembering that KINDNESS is a fruit of the Spirit.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of months. During our class time we learned about the third fruit of the spirit, PATIENCE. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, our roots are our friendship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We also read through the story of Jacob, Rachel, Laban, and Leah. Jacob loved Rachel so much that he agreed to work 7 years for her only to be tricked into marriage with Leah. Joseph then worked another 7 years in order to marry Rachel, and showed so much patience throughout his tenure with Laban. Even though it was difficult for Jacob to deal with being lied to, and working 14 years for Rachel, he was able to wait patiently because of his friendship with God.
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of months. During our class time we learned about the third fruit of the spirit, PATIENCE. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, our roots are our friendship with God and the fruit that grows in our lives is a result of our friendship with God.

We also read through the story of Isaac and how he was able to have peace even though the wells he prepared were taken from him (Genesis 26) and discussed that “Even though Isaac’s well got stolen—again—Isaac trusted that God had made enough space for everyone to find water”. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, so Isaac didn’t fight over his well.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration of the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of months. During our class time we learned about the second fruit, JOY. We revisited the idea that we are all figurative “trees”, our roots are our friendship with God and the suit that grows in our lives are a result of our friendship with God.

We also read through the story of Nehemiah and how after the Israelites had rebuilt the wall and began to read the scriptures once again, their happiness turned to sadness upon understanding their disobedience to God. Nehemiah asked to “BE JOYFUL” and to consider it a holy day and to have a feast and share their food, because their “JOY is the strength of the Lord” (Nehemiah 8:10).

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration on the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

This past Sabbath we enjoyed class together both virtually and in person. We were able to “dig in” to the word and explore “The Fruits of The Spirit”, as we will continue to do so over the next couple of months. During our class time we learned about the first fruit, love, and how others will know we are Christ followers when we show love to them.

We also read through the story of The Prodigal Son and how the son was able to return home to a loving and forgiving father, much like the heavenly father we have. Love forgives and restores, and love is the embodiment of God, and the first of the fruits.

I have attached an extension activity for you to do at home with your child or children (it’s not complicated or too time consuming) that will allow for more conversation and exploration on the fruits of the spirit.

Blessings,
Cecilia


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

God Promises and Gives a Son to Abraham (Genesis 15:1-7; 21:1-7)

Here’s what happens…
God promises to give Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Years go by, and Abraham and his wife, Sarah, are very old, but finally God keeps his promise. Sarah gives birth to a baby, and Abraham names him Isaac.

Bible Point:
God is faithful.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· As a family, make a list of five things you can count on happening or things that don’t change. Here are some examples to get you started: 2+2=4, the sun will rise and set each day, seasons change, the dog barks when the doorbell rings.
· Now list five things you can count on God to do, such as love and forgive you. Thank God for those promises, and ask him to help you trust in his faithfulness.

Talk About This…
· Describe a person you’d consider faithful.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

God Tells Job About His Creation (Job 38–39; Psalm 8)

Here’s what happens…
In response to Job’s questions about his suffering, God speaks. He declares the wonder of his creation, showing that he’s in control because he made everything just as he planned. In Psalm 8, David marvels at what God has made, pointing out that God put humans in charge of his creation.

Bible Point:
God is the Creator.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· As a family, go on a nature walk. Find a park or other natural area where you can look around.
· Too cold or rainy? Go outside and quickly gather a few natural items you can bring inside—a leaf, a stick, a rock, and a blade of grass, for example. You may even have God-made items inside already such as houseplants, fruit, pets…or each other!
· As you look around outside or examine the natural items you brought in, look for evidence of God. Share what you discover!

Talk About This…
· What’s one thing God created that really impresses you? Why?


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1–4:17)

Here’s what happens…
Moses is tending his sheep when he sees a strange sight: a bush that’s on fire but not burning up. When he goes to investigate, he hears God speak to him and sees God give clear signs of who he is. Moses’ encounter makes it clear that God is real.

Bible Point:
God is real.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· Light a birthday candle and sit around it as a family. (Make sure only parents handle lighters or matches, and address any fire safety tips as needed.)
· Watch as the flame melts the wax and consumes the candle.
· Talk about what flames normally do and why the burning bush was so unusual.
· Share evidence you’ve seen that God is real. We like to call those God Sightings!

Talk About This…
· Share why you believe God is real.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

Lesson objective: We trust God to help us. (Acts 27 & 28)

During Paul’s trial in Caesarea, he appealed to Caesar. Consequently he was sent by ship to Rome. Also on board were “some other prisoners,” Luke, and a centurion, who was to guard the prisoners. The long journey began quietly, but winds soon drove the ship off course, and then storms threatened to destroy it. Paul warned the ship’s officers that they would be shipwrecked and lose their cargo if they kept going. They ignored Paul and pressed on. Then the ship encountered a horrific storm, everyone was so worried that no one ate for many days. Paul encouraged the men to eat and told them that an angel had assured him that they would lose the ship, but that no lives would be lost. None of the 276 passengers perished. While Paul was in Malta, God used him to perform miracles that started with the healing of the chief official’s father. Three months later, Paul and the other passengers took a different boat to Rome with little difficulty. Paul lived in Rome under house arrest for the next two years and boldly proclaimed the Word of God.