Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Chattanooga area and across the world will begin the New Year with a two-hour Sunday meeting schedule, replacing the previous three-hour block.
The two-hour schedule has been created to achieve “a new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church.” Officials said, "These changes will help strengthen individuals and families through home-centered, Church-supported curriculum that deepens conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The changes will also place an increased emphasis on honoring the Sabbath day. Focus has been and will remain on the ordinance of the sacrament in which Church members partake of bread and drink water in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice."
The new schedule will include a 60-minute sacrament meeting, a 10-minute transition, and a 50-minute class period. The 50-minute class period for youth and adults will alternate each Sunday, with Sunday school on first and third Sundays. On second and fourth Sundays, classes will be held for Priesthood quorums, Relief Society (women 18 years and older), and Young Women. On fifth Sundays, the bishop (ecclesiastical leader) will determine the subject to be taught during youth and adult meetings.
The adjusted Sunday schedule “allows for home evening and to study the gospel at home on Sunday – and at other times as individuals and families choose.” Family activity nights are also encouraged. To support the changes, a new resource, Come, Follow Me – For Individuals and Families,has been provided. Additional information is available at Sabbath.lds.org. All are welcome to attend services at any location in the greater Chattanooga area and/or access the curriculum at https://www.lds.org/manual/come-follow-me?lang=eng