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SABBATH SCHOOL REPORT The Sabbath School is the primary religious education system of the Seventh-day Adventist church. It caters to all age groups. It is referred to as the heart of the church; from it nutrients such as Bible study, prayer and evangelism flow to the rest of the body making it healthy and strong spiritually. Consequently if the heart is strong and healthy it follows that the rest of the body well be healthy. “The influence growing out of the Sabbath School improves and enlarge the church” CSW, pg. 10 The command to go into the entire world and preach the gospel is the life and fuel of the Sabbath School department. “The objective of the Sabbath school should be the ingathering of souls” CSW, pg. 61. THE GOALS 1. The study of the scripture 2. Fellowship 3. Community outreach 4. World mission THE OBJECTIVES 1. To encourage every Sabbath school member to own and study the Bible Lesson guide. 2. To encourage each church to ensure that divisional teachers receive a teacher’s edition of the relevant children quarterly. 3. To encourage extension Sabbath School in each church. 4. To train and certify all Sabbath School teachers. 5. To encourage “The action unit plan” in all Sabbath schools. - 116- 6. To encourage Sabbath School members to be involved in an evangelistic project; for example, cell group, cottage meeting, sharing of Priority magazines or other publication. 7. To encourage each Sabbath School to have a homework center in its community. HIGHLIGHTS OF SABBATH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT CONVENTIONS Convention & symposium 2006 – This year was an eventful year; it saw the close of the 2nd quadrennial with all zonal workshop and training completed and it also witnessed the beginning of the 3rd quadrennial. The department continued its role of motivating, inspiring and encouraging the Sabbath School through its various meetings. 2007 - Over 235 Sabbath School members were awarded and commended for attendance and lesson study. Classes were also awarded for baptisms. This information was given by the churches. Symposium – This event took place at the Constant Spring SDA Church and was well supported by the Sabbath School members. The divine service took the form of a symposium which highlighted the various forms of evangelism such as family life evangelism, prophecy evangelism and cell group. 2008 – This convention focused on divisional Sabbath School (kindergarten to youth) for the first time. The programme for the day was done entirely by the division from a wide cross-section of the Conference. - 117- Three Hundred and Twenty Two (322) members of the divisional Sabbath School were awarded trophies, medals and certificates for attendance, punctuality and lesson study. Children Convention Four joint children conventions were held by the Sabbath School and Children’s Ministries Departments. All the conventions were inspiring, motivating and were well supported by the Sabbath school members. Children’s Convention St. Thomas Chairs One hundred and fifty (150) chairs from Food for the Poor for the Kindergarten division was divided between three churches. WORKSHOPS In total there were twelve (12) workshops for superintendents, teachers, secretaries and divisional leaders. Here roles were defined, the purpose of the Sabbath School discussed and questions and answer sessions. SABBATH SCHOOL COUNCIL Sabbath School Council meetings were held bimonthly with superintendents from zones 1- 3, where plans, problems, solutions and reports were exchanged. - 118- TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION 2008 - Camp Don Two hundred and forty-four (244) Sabbath School personnel from 61 churches participated in a week-end workshop of training and hands-on experience at Camp Don, Robins Bay. Certificates were given to the participants. 2009 - 2010 Three hundred and twenty one (321) Sabbath School Teachers from churches in Kingston and St. Andrew and 74 from St. Thomas were trained and certified. The training was done on four Sabbath afternoons in Kingston at the EJC Boardroom and four Sundays at the Morant Bay and Yallahs churches in St. Thomas. The text book used was “Counsels on Sabbath School work” by E .G. White. Three graduations were held; two in Kingston and one in St. Thomas, Three hundred and ninety-five (395) teachers have been certified. Sabbath School Teachers Graduation - 119- Leadership Recognized Five superintendents were awarded for good leadership. They are: Sister Yvonne Jackson, Hagley Park SDA Church; Sister Keisha Lue Morrison, Kings Chapel SDA Church; Brother Donovan Hanson, Constant Spring SDA Church; Sister Maxine Henry –Simpson, Shortwood SDA Church and Sister Mable Williams – Hampton Court SDA Church. Sisters Yvonne Jackson and Maxine Henry-Simpson Home Work Centers As an evangelistic project of the Sabbath School department, each Sabbath School was encouraged to establish a homework center in its community to teach the children about God and assist them in their school work.. Homework Centre Constant Spring - 120- AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME In 2009 the Sabbath School introduced a new programme for the teenagers and youth as an inspiration for deeper Spiritual formation and appreciation of their church. Invitation was sent to all Seventh-day Adventist churches in EJC. Criteria 1. Study the book of Matthew and the Desire of Ages 2. Be involved in an evangelistic project 3. Study the History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church 4. Be able to quote four texts that relate to these doctrines: (1) Second coming (2) The state of the dead (3) Forgiveness 5. Know the History of EJC Finalist 1. Choose a culture from within Inter-America including the relevant dress and share how Adventism was introduced in that area. 2. Each finalist wore a sash representing a department of the Conference and they had to be knowledgeable of its history 3. General knowledge of Jamaica No of participating churches 12 Response received 48 persons Number of finalist 10 - 121- Sashing Mr. & Miss EJC Youth Ambassador December 27, 2009 saw the final sashing at the VH Percy Centre, with both winners coming from the Rollington Town SDA Church. Both received one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) scholarship from UCC; however it was transferred to 2010 competition as both winners are already at University. Miss EJC Ambassador, Mellonni Smith Mr. EJC Ambassador, Giovanni Maddix 1st Runner up - $10,000 each First Runners up were: Miss. Deumotasha Smith - Kings Chapel SDA Church and Mr. Karim Chang - Hagely Park SDA Church 2nd Runner up - $5,000 each Second Runners up were: Miss. Denise Dixion – Hagley Park SDA Church and Mr. Jason Knight – Rollington Town SDA Church - 122- Mr. & Miss. EJC Ambassadors Winners and Runners Up The programme continues in 2010. Letters have already been sent to the churches inviting applicants to enter. This year by God’s grace it will be better and bigger. ACKNOWLEDEGMENT AND GRATITUDE “Through God we shall do valiantly.”Indeed God has done valiantly and I praise Him and thank Him with all my heart for his leading. I am grateful to all the various Sabbath School leaders who gave of their time, talent and service and also Sabbath School members, for their presence in Sabbath School. Without you there would be no Sabbath School. A very special thanks to my assistants, Mrs. Joan Stewartson who shared the quadrennial and Mrs. Sophia Dormer who sacrificed even in challenging times. Thanks also to Mr. Dormer for his quiet contribution. May God continue to bless them. Thanks to: the Administrators of EJC; Union Director, Pastor Joseph Smith; Pastor Desmond Robinson and Sis. Judith Forbes. Thanks for your understanding, encouragement and support. - 123- In relation to the Ambassador programme I must thank Mrs. Maxine Henry-Simpson, past superintendent of the Shortwood SDA Church, for the many days and nights that she gave as we worked on this programme. A sincere word of appreciation to all our sponsors of the Ambassador programme: East Jamaica Conference University College of the Caribbean Mr. Marston Thomas Mr. Noel Morgan Mr. Neville Henry FOSRICH Company Limited Memories Resort, St. Elizabeth “Be faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life”. - 124-
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