September 27

27 Creative Sabbath Ideas

Do you want to take your Sabbath day to the next level? I have compiled 27 creative Sabbath Ideas (that do not involve going to church) to help you make the most of your day off.

Before you click off of this article, I love worshipping God, getting together with believers and going to church.

I believe most of us don't need help with church activities. (all of the articles I've read recently deal mostly with church activities, so I created this site to be unique... like you 🙂

To make it easy for you to find the best idea for you I broke it down it down into four different general "categories."

Each category has different ideas for you to try. If this is your first time to the site I want to let you know I don't have life all figured out, but I do know the Bible is clear about you and I needing a day off.

I believe your enemy is real (I call him "the punk") and he wants to keep you from your best life and your God. Sabbath Works is here to help you kick the punk in the teeth and provide you with ways to find peace and relaxation while you learn to take your day off.

Here are the four Sabbath Idea categories and a few examples for each.

Outdoor Relaxing Activities:

There's something special about connecting with nature. You could go camping, set up a tent, roast marshmallows over a fire, and sleep under the stars. Or try fishing, where the stillness of waiting for a catch can be incredibly calming and therapeutic.

Outdoor Relaxing Sports:

Sports are a great way to destress. A round of golf, where you can get outside and enjoy time with friends while also getting in some exercise. Or, go for a game of pickleball, maybe tennis, badminton, or ping-pong that's easy to pick up.

Outdoor Relaxing Options at Home:

Who says you need to leave your house to relax? Setting up an outdoor kitchen can let you enjoy cooking and dining while getting outside. Or, spend a day lounging by the pool, catching some sun and taking cooling dips when needed.

Indoor Relaxing Activities:

Sometimes, the best relaxation comes from staying in. Plan a movie marathon of your favorite films or binge a new series. Or, organize a family game night where you can bond over board games, card games, or video games.

You get the idea. I want you to notice three of the four categories involve you getting outside.

I believe most of us are spending too much time inside so if you can get outside, I want to encourage you to go out, have some fun and connect with God and His beautiful He created for you. 

Let's look at the 27 Creative Sabbath Ideas.

Hammock over a river

Camping and the Sabbath-

Picture this: A night under a canvas of stars, the soft glow of a campfire, and the gentle sounds of nature all around. Camping isn't just about being outdoors; it's about simplicity and grounding oneself. On the Sabbath, it's a return to the basics, a reminder of life's simple joys, and an invitation to connect deeper with nature and with oneself. Toast some marshmallows, share stories around the fire, and soak in the serenity.

Hiking and the Sabbath-

The path ahead, the world at your feet, and the rhythm of your heartbeat echoing your steps. Hiking is more than just a walk in the woods. It's a journey of discovery, both of the world around you and of yourself. With every step, you're not just exploring trails but also shedding stresses and finding clarity. The Sabbath is a day of reflection, and what better way to ponder life's big questions than with nature as your backdrop? Breathe in the fresh air, admire the vistas, and let your spirit soar.

Kayaking and the Sabbath-

Okay, let's chat kayaking. Ever tried it? If not, you're missing out! Picture this: it’s the Sabbath, you're out on the water, paddle in hand, just drifting and soaking up all that calm. No tech, no distractions – just you, the rhythm of your paddle, and the gentle sounds of nature. It's the perfect blend of a bit of exercise (without overdoing it!) and some solid me-time. You get to reflect, recharge, and just be in the moment. And that, my friend, is why kayaking made our list. It's a beautiful way to connect with the world around you, all while giving yourself a well-deserved break.

Mountain Climbing on the Sabbath-

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "Mountain climbing? On my day off?" But hear me out. You don't have to conquer Everest. Just find a local hill or peak. The ascent, with every step, gives you a chance to leave your weekly stresses at the base and climb towards clarity. And that view from the top? It’s not just a sight for the eyes, but a balm for the soul. You'll feel on top of the world, refreshed, and ready to take on another week.

Hammock in mountains

Hunting on the Sabbath-

Now, hunting might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who enjoy it, it's not always about the catch. It's about the quiet hours at dawn, the connection to nature, and the ancient dance between hunter and the hunted. It’s a time to be present, patient, and respectful of the world around you. Whether you come home with something or not, the experience alone can be a rejuvenating way to spend the Sabbath.

Fishing (I'm not going to keep saying "on the Sabbath" because you get the picture)-

Fishing and the Sabbath? It's a match made in heaven. Whether you're an old hand or a newbie, there's nothing like the peace that comes with casting a line and waiting. It’s time to ponder, appreciate the beauty of the water, and simply be. And hey, if you happen to get a nibble or a catch, that's just the cherry on top!


If there's a more leisurely way to enjoy the outdoors and some camaraderie, I haven't found it. A round of golf on your day off lets you take in the greens, chat with friends, and challenge yourself with every swing. It's not just about the scorecard, but the moments in between – the laughter, the fresh air, and the sheer joy of the game.

Corn Hole-

Simple, fun, and perfect for a lazy Sabbath afternoon! Whether it's in your backyard or at a local park, corn hole is all about the friendly competition and those cheers (or laughs) when you or a buddy make (or miss) that perfect toss. It's easygoing, social, and just what you need to round off the week.


Ever played pickleball? If not, you're in for a treat! It's fast-paced, easy to pick up, and loads of fun. It combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, giving you a bit of exercise and plenty of laughs. Perfect for a Sabbath day where you're looking to mix relaxation with a bit of light-hearted action.

Tennis on the Sabbath-

A classic! Tennis is more than just a game; it's a dance on the court, a back-and-forth that lets you sweat out the week's stress and have a blast while doing it. Whether you’re serving aces or just rallying back and forth, it’s all about the joy of the game and enjoying the day.e

Water Skiing-

Ever felt the thrill of skimming across the water, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? Water skiing is exhilarating, sure, but it's also a reminder of how we can glide over life's challenges with grace and balance. Whether you're a pro or just trying it out for the first time, it's an incredible way to embrace the joys of nature on the Sabbath.

Jet Skiing-

For those who crave a bit of adrenaline with their relaxation, jet skiing is the way to go. Feel the power beneath you as you race over the waves, feeling free and untethered. It’s less about speed and more about that amazing feeling of freedom. Perfect for shaking off the weight of the workweek.

Snow Skiing-

The rush of going downhill, the world whizzing by, and the crisp mountain air – snow skiing is a winter wonder. But beyond the thrill, it's also about embracing the beauty of winter, of snowy landscapes, and the calm that comes after each descent. A way to truly appreciate God’s frosty handiwork.

Hammock in mountains

Cross Country Skiing-

A gentler, more meditative alternative to downhill skiing. It’s just you, the snow, and the rhythm of your skis. It's less about speed and more about the journey, the tranquility, and the connection with the winter world around you. Perfect for contemplation and appreciation.

Outdoor Kitchen-

Why stay indoors when you can cook under the open sky? Setting up an outdoor kitchen isn't just about food; it's about the experience. The sound of sizzling, the aroma of fresh ingredients, on your outdoor built-in grill and the joy of eating amidst nature. It's a sensory delight and a wonderful way to bond with loved ones.

Outdoor Patio-

Your personal oasis. A place to sit back, relax, and just be. Whether it's reading a book, sipping on a drink, or simply watching the world go by, a patio offers a quiet retreat from the hustle. Decorate with some plants, put on some soft music, and let the world melt away.

Swimming Pool-

The cool embrace of water on a warm day is pure bliss. Swimming isn't just exercise; it's a way to float away your worries. Whether you're doing laps, playing pool games, or just lounging on a float, it’s a splashy way to enjoy the day off.

Hot Tub-

Imagine this: a starry night, the warm, bubbling water, and you just soaking away the stresses of the week. A hot tub is like a personal spa session, a time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. Maybe light some candles or play some soft tunes to complete the experience.


Sweating it out in a sauna is not just about detoxing the body, but also the mind. It's a time to close your eyes, breathe deep, and let go. Follow it up with a cool shower, and you'll feel reborn, ready to take on a new week with zest.

Outdoor Bar-

Whether it's sipping on a fresh lemonade or a mocktail, an outdoor bar setup lets you play bartender for the day. Mix, shake, stir, and toast to the good times. It’s less about the drinks and more about the joy of being outdoors, enjoying a cool beverage, and celebrating the day.


There's something profoundly therapeutic about getting your hands dirty in the soil. Gardening connects you to the earth, lets you nurture life, and watch it bloom. Whether it's planting flowers, tending to veggies, or just pruning and weeding, it’s a grounding activity perfect for reflection.

Reading a Book-

Dive into a different world without leaving your cozy nook. Whether it's a thrilling novel, an enlightening non-fiction, or the comforting words of the Bible, reading provides an escape and broadens horizons. It's a quiet joy, an intimate journey, and a gentle reminder of the vastness of human experience.

Watching Movies-

Lights, camera, relaxation! From heartwarming rom-coms to thought-provoking dramas, movies are a ticket to another universe. So, pop some corn, snuggle up with a blanket, and let the cinematic magic take over. It's storytelling at its best, a way to unwind, and sometimes, even find a new perspective on life.

Game Room Activities-

Be it billiards, foosball, or darts, game rooms are all about fun and friendly competition. It's a break from the routine, a time to laugh at miscues, celebrate the victories, and most importantly, connect with loved ones. So, challenge a friend or family member and let the games begin!

Family Game Night-

Board games, card games, charades – oh my! Family game night isn't just about winning; it's about bonding, making memories, and sharing laughs. It's a beautiful tradition that brings generations together, ensuring that the Sabbath is filled with joy and shared stories.


The gentle hum of the sewing machine, the rhythm of the needle, and the joy of creating something with your own hands. Sewing is meditative, creative, and incredibly satisfying. Whether it's mending a tear, crafting a quilt, or making a garment, it's a lovely way to spend the day and see tangible results.

Date Night-

Sabbath can be a special time to reconnect with your partner. It's not about grand gestures; it's about quality time. Cook a meal together, take a moonlit walk, or simply chat over a candlelit dinner. Rediscover each other, rekindle the romance, and remember why you fell in love in the first place.


While this seems like a long list of creative Sabbath ideas it is not an all encompassing list. Like I said in the beginning, if you can get outside I want to encourage you to do it and learn to enjoy all the beauty God has made for you.

Learning to take a day off every week will be a challenge because you have an enemy (the punk) who wants to keep you busy and come against the word of God.

Don't believe me? check out Genesis 3:1-7 to see how he operates.

In today's fast-paced world, the significance of the Sabbath as a day of rest and reflection often gets overshadowed. This article isn't about nudging you to church, but rather, it's an invitation to rekindle that vital connection with oneself, nature, and God in varied, creative ways.

From the sheer bliss of camping under a star-lit sky to the therapeutic joys of fishing, nature offers us a chance to reboot. And for the sport enthusiasts among us, why not try a game of golf or pickleball to shake off the week's stress? But hey, if you're more of a homebody, there's no need to venture out. Dive into a gripping book or binge-watch that series you've had your eye on, and find relaxation right in the comfort of your home.

The essence? It's not about where you find rest, but how. And sometimes, the most profound connections are made when you step out, breathe in the fresh air, and simply exist in the world that God has so intricately woven for us. So, as you explore these 27 ideas, remember the underlying theme: To find peace, reconnect with the world around you, and to give that relentless enemy (yep, "the punk") a solid defeat by truly embracing the spirit of the Sabbath. Dive in, explore, and rediscover the joys of a day off. 


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