Lesson Fifteen

Faith

 

Judaism
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Proverbs 3:5

Christianity
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.

Matthew 17:20

Islam
Such is God, your Sustainer: there is no deity save Him, the Creator of
everything: worship, then, Him alone -for it is He who has everything in His care.

Quran 6:102 (Asad)

Baha'i Faith
Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping.
Shoghi Effendi

Trust all to God.
Abdu'l-Baha

 

Discuss: What faith means. Examples of how the children see faith practiced in their daily lives. How faith is practiced in your class. What various situations would look like if there were no faith. Why faith is important.

 

Books that reinforce the theme of faith
(Books can be previewed @ http://www.amazon.com)
If you don't want to purchase books, consider requesting them at your local library.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands By: Nadir Nelson
Because Nothing Looks Like God By: Lawrence Kushner and Karen Kushner
How Big is God? By: Lisa Tawn Bergren
The Barefoot Book of Blessings Compiled by: Sabrina Dearborn
Blessed Is The Spot: A First Prayer Book (Includes cute DVD)
O God, Guide Me! Prayers Revealed by Baha'u'llah, the Bab, & Abdu'l-Baha
Thank You, God! A Jewish Child's Book of Prayers (Shabbat) By:Judyth Groner
Each Breath a Smile By: Sister Susan (Buddhism)
The Story of the Lord's Prayer By: Patricia A. Pingry

 

Activities to support theme of faith
Remember to plan enough time for the children to help clean up after each of their activities. It's another opportunity for them to put into practice the virtues they're learning.

  1. Moment of meditation
    Have class sit entirely quiet for silent prayers or meditation. Younger kids might find it challenging to meditate for one minute while older kids of could manage to sit still longer so plan your time accordingly. After the silent prayers and meditations ask the group if anyone would like to share how they felt about the experience.
  2. Guided meditation
    Consider having your class do an age appropriate guided meditation. Afterwards ask if the group would like to share how they felt about the experience.

 

Arts and Crafts

  1. Stained Glass Paintings
    Make a variety of stained glass paints in different colors by mixing several drops of food coloring into a few tablespoons of corn syrup. Have the kids draw their stained glass design using a black crayon or permanent marker on glossy finger paint paper. Staying inside the black lines, use the corn syrup paint to color in the design. Keep in mind that food coloring paint will cause permanent stains so the kids should be extra careful. Keep the paintings flat until they are completely dry. Drying time will depend on how thick the paint is; but plan for at least 24 hours. (This is not a good project for an outdoor area where ants could become a problem.)

  2. Stained Glass Drawings
    Ask the class to collect plastic bakery packaging materials (like pie lids) and repurpose them to make stained glass pictures. Using a permanent marker, draw the desired design in black on one side of the plastic then fill in the colors on the opposite side. Doing it this way will prevent the black marker from getting smeared by the colored markers. For younger kids you might want to draw the outline and allow them to color in. Older kids will probably enjoy coming up with their own designs but you can also provide designs for them to trace in case they are more comfortable tracing.

  3. Stained Glass Tissue Paper Pictures
    Ask the class to collect plastic bakery packaging materials and repurpose them to make stained glass pictures. Using a permanent marker draw a design in black on one side of the plastic. Turn it over and put a thin coat of tacky glue over the opposite side. Cover all the glue with small pieces of varied colors of tissue paper.


  4. Stained Glass Window using Crayola Window Crayons or Markers
    If you have windows that are suitable for decorating, the kids can turn them into stained glass using Crayola Glass Crayons or Markers. Let the kids be creative and make their own design or, here's a fun trick, tape a draft of the design or a coloring page to the outside of the window and color it in on the inside of the window. Remove the paper from the outside and voila!

  5. Meditations Illustrations
    If your class did a meditation have the kids draw or paint illustrations that depict how they felt or what they thought about during their meditation.

 

Music
"Sing Hosanna" (Give Me Oil in My Lamp)
"Rejoice in the Lord Always"
"Removers of Difficulties" from the Angels in the World CD
"O God, Guide Me" from the Love All The World CD
"Blessed Is The Spot" A First Prayer Book
"O God Educate These Children" from the William Sears Happy Ayyam-i-Ha CD

 

Snack idea
Remember to plan for hand washing or provide antibacterial wet wipes.

Stained Glass Cookies
Frost homemade or store bought sugar cookies with a glaze made of powdered sugar, a little vanilla or almond extract if desired, and just enough water to make it spreadable. Allow plenty of time for the glaze to dry thoroughly. I frost the cookies a day in advance just to make sure the frosting is hard enough. Let the kids decorate the cookies like stained glass using Food Markers.

Service Project Idea
Suggest to the children to ask their families to consult with their faith community too see if the class might be able to perform any service projects for their faith community. This will be especially interesting if the members of the class belong to various faith communities. Get permission from all the parents/guardians before taking children on any service projects and have parents accompany the class to provide adequate adult supervision.


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