Grade 1    Lesson 24:  Steadfastness

Open the class with prayers and then review with the children the prayer they have been learning to say by heart over the past several lessons.

“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

We Are the People of Bahá -   listen HERE or HERE
We are the people of Bahá x2
We are the people of x2
We are the people of Bahá
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá x2
We are the people of x2
We are the people of Bahá
Firmly we walk the path of God x2
Until the very last
We will be steadfast
Firmly we walk the path of God

Alternative song:  Strive by Joe Crone  Link Here

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 ideas below are provided to help you introduce the quotation that the children will commit to memory.
One of the most important qualities of a person who truly loves God is steadfastness. No matter what happens in life, we always remember God and our love for Him. Therefore, nothing that others can say or do to us can affect our faith in Him. We love Him and obey His laws and teachings. In order to remember the importance of steadfastness, let us memorize the following quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

“Supremely lofty will be thy station, if thou remainest steadfast in the Cause of thy Lord.”    - listenHERE

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 the virtue of Steadfastness .

Here is the story showing Steadfastness 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 "The Wolves and the Goats" game which is in the lesson.
Alternative Game:  


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 24
Have a look at Rebekah's website for extra Ideas for Lesson 24    HERE
Have a look at Wairarapa's Baha'i Children's Class Blog for a Lesson on Steadfastness    HERE
The song Strive that is mentioned on this website can be purchased.  Album is called Immerse Yourselves by Joe Crone HERE

Closing Prayers