Sabbath School Offerings

Weekly and special periodic offerings for the worldwide missionary work of the church, and the expense offering for the local Sabbath school received in Sabbath school. The earliest plan for Sabbath school offerings was introduced in 1878, when the first annual session of the General Sabbath School Association urged the use of penny boxes placed near the door to receive funds for operating expense. Considerable objection was voiced, but through the promotion of Ellen White, J. N. Loughborough, and the association officers, who favored the plan, approval was won. In 1885 the Sabbath schools made their first gifts to missions. In the first quarter of that year the Oakland, California, Sabbath school gave all its income to aid in the establishment of the Australian Mission, according to a not...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.