How did the Seventh day Adventist Sabbath School get started? ___________
Dear Brother ___________,
Thank you for contacting the Ellen G. White Estate. Though the question you have asked does not come under the White Estate's particular mission, I'm glad to try to provide you a brief answer. In 1852 James White proposed publishing a monthly paper for the youth, which would include four or five studies in question-and-answer form, one for each week of study. These would form the basis of Sabbath school training. This became The Youth's Instructor. Believers' homes were likely the first Sabbath schools, where families could tend to their own spiritual needs and training. The first Sabbath school on a larger scale was probably the one that James White organized in Rochester, NY in 1853. John Byington organized another in Buck's Bridge, NY, in 1854. The following year, after the Whites had moved to Battle Creek, M. G. Kellogg organized one there.
This information came from the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, which is volume 10 of the SDA Bible Commentary series. You can find more information there in the article entitled Sabbath School.
I hope this is helpful. Thank you for writing, and God bless.
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 616 471-3209
FAX: 616 471-6166
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu