Every fourth Saturday in October is celebrated by the Seventh-day Adventist World Church as a Creation Sabbath. What is the essence of this holiday and why should we celebrate it? Perhaps the best illustration to help answer this question is the comparison of this holiday with another holiday well known to us – the harvest festival. Harvest services are held in all of our congregations to thank God in particular for all the blessings He has given us – both physical and spiritual. The purpose of the Creation Sabbath is very similar – it is the ministry of thanksgiving to God for the fact that He created this world, you and me. As we celebrate, we recognize God as our Creator and the implications this Bible teaching has on our lives.
The first Creation Sabbath was celebrated on October 24, 2009, and every year since then more and more communities and organizations from our world church have joined in this initiative. The Euro-Asian division joined the Creation Sabbath celebration initiative in 2017. In 2021, a dedicated website was created for it ( https://creationsabbath.online). One of the features of this site is the ability to record the various events that take place in the division’s territory to celebrate the Creation Sabbath. This allows those who wish to join in the celebration to know about the different events going on and how they can attend. For 2021, 65 communities and church organizations have registered their event on the dedicated site.
A feature of the celebration this year was the participation of many Adventist schools, most of which the celebration took place in the form of “Creation Week.” During the week leading up to the Creation Sabbath, the disciples participated in activities that bore witness to God as the Creator.
At the Solomon Adventist School (Chernivtsi, Ukraine), Creation events took place for an entire week. There were 301 students in the school who participated in activities that spoke about the fact that this world was created by the Almighty. Some of these activities were led by children. Throughout the week there were seven paintings in the hallways that represented what God created each day of the creation week. Students learned to name everything God created each day of creation week; they had the opportunity to ask questions relating to the creation; parents heard special messages about Creation at their parent meetings; and the physical education teacher composed and read a special poem on creation.
More details on this recent celebration can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER6oOpKGQ0A
The Odessa Adventist School (Ukraine) also hosted a “Creation Week” event. Each school day during that week was dedicated to a specific creation day, and the activities matched what was created on that day. The most active participants in the event were the students themselves. They sang, drawn, played, carried out quests, filmed videos, entered contests, and made special stickers for the newspaper.
All the events organized during the Creation Week of this school can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrabAfAqBZ4
The whole school in Vinnitsa (Ukraine) was covered with information sheets, each one containing a fact confirming that our Earth was created by God. About 160 students, along with their parents and teachers, were able to access the Bible and Science website using the QR code on each fact sheet. At the end of the week, a quiz was used to check how many facts supporting the Bible creation each participant remembered.
In the community of ASD village, in Gusyatin (Ukraine), believers reflected on the theme: “The relevance of the act of Creation by God for a lay person”. Beautiful songs and a joint Bible study helped not only to understand the greatness of the creative power, but also to glorify Jesus Christ as the Creator of heaven and earth. Attention was drawn to the fourth commandment of the Law of God, as a monument to the act of Creation, and it was concluded that it is difficult to overestimate the relevance and importance of the theme of the creation of this world by God, especially in the light of the Message of the Three Angels for the end times.
In the community of Protvino, in the Moscow region, the celebration of the Creation Sabbath has been taking place since 2017. This year’s festive service took place on October 23. All elements of the ministry – ministry decoration, songs, children’s stories, etc. – were selected to provide proof of the creative power of our God. As members of the congregation listened to and discussed the sermon titled “The Account of the Second Creation,” the congregation reflected on the description of Creation Week in Psalm 103, which complements the description in Genesis with several details. important.
Video footage of the service can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/WN2qg4TAWf8.
On October 23, 2021, a divine service was held in the 21st Kyiv community as part of the international “Creation Sabbath” initiative. The theme of the sermon was “The Nature and Power of God”. About ten people attended the service in person due to the pandemic, but another 77 people watched the broadcast online on Facebook: https://youtu.be/RV8ZoffXfzI.
The Creation Sabbath celebration also took place in the communities of Magadan (ministry file: https://youtu.be/-257ReepKBk ), Smolensk, Kotovsk (Tambov region), in the church of Zaoksk (registration: https://youtu.be/YygEUd6nqrU? t = 5408 ), the cities of Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Ussuriisk, Blagoveshchensk, in the central church of Almaty and in many other places throughout the territory of our division. The final interactive map of this celebration, which displays all registered communities, can be viewed here: Creation Sabbath – Event search (creationsabbath.online).
The next Creation Sabbath celebration will be on October 22, 2022, and we hope the geography of its celebration and the coverage of our communities and organizations will be even broader. I would particularly like to draw your attention to the initiative of organizing a Creation Week, which precedes the celebration of the Creation Sabbath in our schools. It would be great if other schools in the Euro-Asian divide would join this initiative in the coming year.
You will find material that can help you plan and organize these vacations on the site Creation Sabbath website (creationsabbath.online) and the Bible and science website (geoscience.esd.adventist.org).