Below is how the Sunbeams curriculum can been adapted to the Sabbath School setting. The curriculum on its own does not include a Bible story in most meeting lessons. Below, Bible story suggestions along with Bible concepts are listed to accompany each lesson. Two things to note:

  1. The meeting lessons are not in order. This is to accommodate for a better flow in telling the Bible Story / Bible concept each Sabbath.
  2. The Bible concept is not only for the children. Remember this is family sabbath school, with parent who also need to be engage. Take time to think about how you would share this concept to help grow those parents, and ultimately those families.

All twenty-three lessons highlight stories in Jesus life and the early church and invites families to pursue the Christian life together.

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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8

1) Meeting 21: CHRISTMAS

  • Jesus is Born (Matthew 1&2, Luke 1&2, John 1)
    • We want to make a place for Jesus in our family

2) Meeting 1: GOD'S PLAN TO SAVE ME

  • Jesus as a boy, Jesus Blesses the Children (Luke 2:52, Matthew 19:13-15)
    • We want Jesus to save our family

3) Meeting 2: GOD'S MESSAGE TO ME

  • Jesus visits the temple – understands His mission because He knew the Bible prophecies of the Messiah (Luke 2:41-52)
    • We want to know Jesus' mission for our family

4) Meeting 17: Meeting 20: CAMPING

  • Jesus tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13)
    • We want our family to be grounded in God's word

5) Meeting 3: FRIEND OF NATURE

  • Jesus uses examples in nature used in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
    • We want to experience God in nature as a family




Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

6) Meeting 4: I AM SPECIAL

  • Jesus chooses His disciples (Matthew 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-21, Luke 6:12-16)
    • We want our family to be on Jesus' team

7) Meeting 5: GOD'S POWER IN MY LIFE

  • Jesus and the storm (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25)
    • We want our family to experience Jesus' power


  • Jesus forgives/heals the paralytic let down from the roof (Mark 2:2-12)
    • We want our family to make Biblical choices together

9) Meeting 9: COLLECTING

  • Parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46)
    • We are glad our family is precious to Jesus

10) Meeting 19: TREES

  • Jesus is the vine and we are the branches (John 15)
    • We want our family to be connected to Jesus

11) Meeting 16: COOKING FUN

  • Martha and Mary – need for good attitude about service and priorities (Luke 10:38-42)
    • We as a family want to serve God together


  • Jesus takes time apart from the crowds to be with His disciples (Mark 6:30-44)
    • We as a family need to take time out together with Jesus

13) Meeting 12: WHALES

  • Jonah and the whale in Luke 11: the sign of Jonah, describing the crucifixion/resurrection 
    • We as a family are grateful for Jesus' sacrifice to save us from sin

14) Meeting 13: ROAD SAFETY

  • Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
    • We as a family want to journey with Jesus



Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Do all things without [d]complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Philippians 2:12-15

16) Meeting 10: I HAVE A FAMILY

  • Day of Pentecost and the Early Church (Acts 2:1-31)
    • We as a family want to be filled with the Holy Spirit


  • Choosing deacons to lead in helping the community (Acts 6)
    • We as a family want to serve our community together

18) Meeting 8: FITNESS FUN

  • Paul talks about life as a race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1-4)
    • We as a family want to keep our eyes on Jesus

19) Meeting 15: I'M A GOOD NEIGHBOR

  • Peter shares the gospel with Cornelius (Acts 10)
    • We as a family want to share the gospel with people who don't know

20) Meeting 18: HANDICRAFTS

  • Paul a tentmaker working with Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:1-18, 26; Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19)
    • We as a family want to use our talents for Jesus

21) Meeting 14: COURTESY

  • Barnabas, the "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:35-37, 11:22-24, do a word study of "Barnabas") 
    • We as a family want to encourage each other in our faith

22) Meeting 22: BIKE RODEO

  • Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)
    • We as a family want to go where ever Jesus calls us to go

23) Meeting 6: LADYBUGS*

*The "ministry" of ladybugs is to eat things like aphids that inhibit the growth of the plant. The ministry of the angels is to help humankind to grow in the midst of a sinful world.

  • Ministry of Angels (Hebrews 1:13-14)
    • We as a family are thankful for our guardian angels