Grade 1    Lesson 22:  Faithfulness

By the next class, the students should finish memorizing the prayer that they have been learning over the past few lessons. You will want to make sure, then, that they are advancing well in their efforts. You will first, of course, begin the class with prayers.

“O my Lord! O my Lord! I am a child of tender years. Nourish me from the breast of Thy mercy, train me in the bosom of Thy love, educate me in the school of Thy guidance and develop me under the shadow of Thy bounty. Deliver me from darkness, make me a brilliant light; free me from unhappiness, make me a flower of the rose garden; suffer me to become a servant of Thy threshold and confer upon me the disposition and nature of the righteous; make me a cause of bounty to the human world and crown my head with the diadem of eternal life. Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Seer, the Hearer.”  Listen HERE 

Music / Song
I Want to Be Happy - listen HERE  or HERE
There is something you must know
In this Faith we have to show
We are men of deeds, not of words
Our very life should show our Faith to friend and foe
I want to be happy
I want to be strong
To be His servant
My whole life long
So, I must obey the laws of God
Yes, I must obey the laws of God
There is something you must know
In this world of pomp and show
People are tired of empty speech
They want to see you practice what you teach

Link to  Music sheet

Memorization of Quotation
The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 
The children will find the quotation easier to memorize if they understand it well.  
It is recommended, therefore, that you spend some time discussing the meaning of the words and phrases with them. 

The children will learn the following quotation by heart today. Below are some ideas to help you explain the quotation to your students:

A faithful soul never forgets its love for God. It is out of our faithfulness to Him that we always put forth effort to follow His teachings and obey His laws, even when it becomes difficult. So it is that we work hard to serve others and to do worthy deeds, with no other thought than attaining His good pleasure. For the faithful soul there is no greater joy than striving to please God. Let us memorize this quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

“Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high endeavour and hath arisen to serve this Cause.”    listen HERE

Picture Cards used for Memorization of Quotes & Prayers for Grade 1 lessons  Link to Download here

You can now tell the children the following story, which will illustrate for them the concept of Faithfulness.

Here is the story showing Faithfulness which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  HERE
Here is a link to a pdf file with all the stories in Grade 1 Illustrated.   Link to Illustrated Stories for Grade 1 
There are many ways to make the story come alive.  It's always nice to act this story out with props - Having pictures as you go through the story.
Having the class act out or tell the story.  Use puppets.

Game  Now you can play the "Who is knocking at my Door" game which is in the lesson.


HERE is a Pdf with all the colouring sheets for each lesson  

List of Grade 1 Themes & pictures  Download here
Here you will find all the colouring-in images with quotes for the New Grade 1.  On each A4 sheet there is 2 pictures.
It has been found that an A4 size colouring often takes longer than what we had time for, hence has halved time & 
your have less photo copies to do.

Extra ideas Link for Lesson 22
Have a look at Rebekah's website for extra Ideas for Lesson 22    HERE

Closing Prayers

Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities