Idaho Falls Seventh-day Adventist Church

Idaho Falls | ID
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Services

Our weekly worship service starts at 9:30 am on Saturday morning. From 9:30 to 10:30 the service consists of Sabbath School classes broken down by age. At 10:30 Sabbath School ends and there is a short (10 minute) period where people can visit and greet one another. At 10:40 we convene in the Sanctuary to begin our congregational worship service.

Our worship services begins with a period of praise in congregational singing, followed by announcements, prayer, an offering and a children's story. Following the offering the speaker of the day delivers a sermon usually lasting 20-30 minutes. Since we share a pastor with several other SDA churches in eastern Idaho, most weeks the sermon is given by a local elder or other lay member or perhaps a guest speaker from out of the area. Services close with a benediction and a final congregational hymn.

On Tuesday evenings we have a small group Bible study.

For other events and activities, see our online calendar here.

Sabbath School Classes

We have Sabbath School classes for all ages. Kindergarten covers ages 2 to 5. Primaries and Juniors operate as a combined class and covers ages 5 to 12. Youth covers ages 13 to young adult. For adults we have just a single Sabbath School class that focuses on weekly lessons on a defined quarterly topic or book(s) of the Bible. At times when there are enough new believers, we also provide a class that focuses on church teachings & beliefs.

As with all Seventh-day Adventist Churches around the world, the Idaho Falls Church uses the SDA Adult Sabbath School Quarterly, a day-to-day Bible study guide that is produced every three months by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. For more information see the SDA Quarterly website here.

Location of services and classes

The adult Sabbath School class is held on the main, ground-level floor in the classroom located immediately to the left of the Parents Room. On entering the main doors, turn right and go to the end of the hall; the classroom will be the second door to the left.

Children's Sabbath School classes are located in the basement. From the main entrance, turn right, then take the first left and take the stairs down to your immediate right. The Youth/Young Adult class is located a hard left u-turn at the bottom of the stairs. The Primary/Juniors is located to the right from the stairs past the Fellowship Hall. The Kindergarten classroom is just to the left of straight ahead at the bottom of the stairs.

Spanish-language Services

We also host a Spanish-language company. The children's classes meet with the English-language children's classes while the adult Spanish-language Sabbath School classes and the worship service are held separately. The Spanish-language group meets downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Dress & Decorum

There is no set dress code. Adventists believe in doing and giving our best to the Lord, including how we dress and behave at worship services. Out of reverence for the worship experience and respect for others, those who attend wear neat, clean and modest attire.

If your children are noisy and restless, we have a Parents Room located at the back of the Sanctuary where you can still hear and see services.

We hold the Sanctuary as especially sacred and deserving of greater reverence and respect within the church building.

Fellowship Dinner

Following our services we have a fellowship dinner downstairs following the worship service that all are invited to attend. 97% of the dishes are vegetarian. Seventh-day Adventists are known to strive for healthy eating habits but this doesn’t mean that every Seventh-day Adventist is a vegetarian, or what we eat is the basis for our faith. It does mean however that we strive to be health conscious as instructed by the Bible.

Special Services

 

Baptism

Seventh-day Adventists perform baptisms by immersion, meaning that the candidate is fully submerged in water before arising to a new life in Jesus Christ. Those who are baptized in Christ in the Seventh-day Adventist church have made the conscious decision to accept Christ into their life, so you will see people of all ages getting baptized.

Communion

You may experience our Communion service, usually on one of the Sabbaths of each quarter when our pastor is here.

Every quarter, the Seventh-day Adventist church remembers the death and resurrection of Christ through a holy Communion service. Bread and wine (grape juice), a symbol of the body and blood of Christ, is prayed over by the pastor, elders and shared by all in attendance.

Before the sharing of the bread and wine, members (and others who wish to participate) take part in a short foot-washing ceremony. The purpose of the ceremony is to follow in the biblical foot-steps of Christ as He so humbly stooped to wash the feet of His disciple, Peter. Here at the Idaho Falls church, men and women separate into different rooms – men upstairs, women downstairs – where individual basins and towels are available for each partner. It is a simple event. Shoes and socks are removed (however, a woman is not expected to remove her stockings); and the feet are simply dipped or sprinkled with water and dried. Participating in the foot-washing ceremony is not mandatory. If you are visiting with us on that day, you are not obligated to take part; you are invited to watch or wait in the sanctuary until everyone convenes again.

Following foot-washing, we return to the Sanctuary to partake in the sharing of bread and wine.

Baby Dedications

Visiting on the day of a baby dedication is equally special. As Seventh-day Adventists, we do not practice infant baptism (for more on SDA beliefs & practices, click here). In place a baptism we have a dedication – a short ceremony to welcome the arrival of a newborn baby into the family of God. The ceremony usually consists of a short prayer and blessing from the Pastor, as well as a time for pictures.

Ellen White

Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Lord has especially blessed our Church with the gifts of biblical knowledge and prophecy.

You may attend a service where the Pastor or speaker quotes from a woman named Ellen G. White. Ellen White and her husband James White were two of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church. She’s widely considered a woman gifted in the areas of biblical interpretation and prophecy. Many believe that her insight into spiritual matters came directly from God.

The best way to satisfy your curiosity about this woman is to read her writings for yourself. More information can be found on Ellen White and the history of the Adventist church through the White Estate website, or by requesting free literature from our church.

Wi-Fi/Internet

Wi-Fi or internet access is available, just contact a deacon for the password.

Special Accommodations

Due to the age of our building, ADA access is limited for parts of the building, particularly the basement, including the Fellowship Hall and children's classrooms. If you are in need of special assistance, contact a deacon.

Assisted-listening headsets are available for those who are hard of hearing. Contact a deacon for assistance.

We have several designated parking spots for disability access. There is an access ramp to the main floor on the west side of the church. If you need to use the ramp, please let the greeter or deacon know.

If your children are noisy and restless, we have a Parents Room located at the back of the Sanctuary where you can still hear and see services.

Other

The weather here in eastern Idaho can frequently be highly changeable. In the winter, day-time temperatures can be zero degrees Fahrenheit or even colder while in the summer temperatures can be more than 100 degrees. Be sure to dress accordingly for the season.

We have a service that clears our parking lot of snow right after a storm and we strive to clear our walks prior to all scheduled events.

Beyond temperatures, the air here in Idaho is quite dry, so if you are visiting from a more humid area, be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.