Holy Hobbies

Does your Sabbath School group need an exciting new lift? Try a unit of study centered on the hobbies of your group members. Here’s how to get started:

Take a poll of your students’ favorite hobbies. Condense the list of hobbies into general topics (such as “Arts and crafts” and “Athletics”), according to the number of weeks that you would like to use this unit.

Depending on the teaching abilities of your group members, assign individual students a specific week to spend a portion of the class teaching about his or her particular hobby, and then conduct a Bible study concerning a spiritual application drawn from that pastime. If your students are not comfortable with Bible teaching, they can teach the hobby segment, and you can be responsible for the Bible lesson.

Here are some ideas for possible “Holy hobby” lessons:

Athletics. Your student can give a demonstration of the particular athletic activity she enjoys, conduct an exercise class, or organize a game for the class to play. Your Bible lesson can be built around the principles found in 1 Timothy 4:7, “Train yourself to be godly” (NIV).

Reading. If reading is a favorite hobby, your student can bring one of his favorite books and hold a “read aloud” time, with a discussion of the passage to follow. Your Bible lesson can then be built on the principles found in 1 Timothy 4:13, which is an exhortation to give time and priority to reading God’s Word.

Arts and crafts. Invite a student with an interest in a specific craft or art form to teach the group to experiment with her favorite art medium. The Bible portion can be built on the concept of God’s creativity, focusing on the Creation story, or principles found in Ephesians 2:10, regarding God’s workmanship in creating each person to do His specific will for their lives.

Gardening. Your gardening enthusiast can teach about his methods of successful gardening, and possibly engage your class in planting a “class garden.” The Bible lesson can cover any one of the many spiritual principles regarding a planting theme, such as the parable of the sower, or how to bear fruit for God.

Cooking. Your small group’s gourmet chef can conduct a cooking demonstration or involve the class in its own cooking project. Make sure there are plenty of samples to enjoy! Or the class can produce some kind of foods to feed the homeless as an outreach project. The Bible study can center on the principles found in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NIV).

One of the wonderful things about God’s Word is that it uses so many common activities to teach spiritual principles. Become alert to the interests of your small group and focus on these interests to lead your students to further growth in Christ!

Kathy Kelly
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists