How Should You Begin Keeping a Sabbath?

Sabbath is about restraint—intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. We invite you to let go of the controls one day each week, to let God be God. Below you will find some suggestions to get you started.

We would love to hear from you, so please send us your success stories! Did you bake Challah bread or create a “quiet activities” box? Let us know! We would be proud to feature your Sabbath story. You can email us with the subject line “My Sabbath Story” and we will share the stories and photos on our site.

1. Talk with your family and decide how you want to celebrate the Sabbath. Develop your own traditions, like a Sabbath walk or lighting Sabbath candles.

2. Say grace before every meal on the Sabbath.

3. Spend at least half an hour in silence.

4. Write a letter of appreciation.

5. Encourage your family to take guiltless naps.

6. Clean the house and do all errands the day before the Sabbath.

7. Avoid eating out, buying things, and driving (except to church).

8. Select a devotional to share with your family. Try Psalm 92 (the Sabbath Day Psalm) or Psalm 23, 24, 29, 93, 126, or 148.

9. Take off your watch and remove all reminders of work during the Sabbath day.

10. Prepare a special Sabbath meal and invite someone to share it with you. Try baking Challah bread. Prepare most Sabbath meals with local or organic foods.

11. Turn off the computer and your cell phone. Use your answering machine to screen calls

12. Fill a special play box for children with quiet activities reserved for the Sabbath.

13. Talk together. Share praises and concerns with family or friends. Ask forgiveness from anyone you may have hurt or offended this week. Bless your spouse and children. Read a book aloud together.

14. Spend at least ten minutes completely surrounded by nature.

15. Pick a cue throughout the week to bring in a moment of Sabbath peace to your weekday routine.