Welcome to the Edmond Bahá'í Community children's classes for the 2016-17 Academic year.
These classes for ages 18 months to 12th grade are sponsored by the Edmond Local Spiritual Assembly as a service to families wishing to attend Bahá'í Sunday school classes. It is the hope of the Edmond Bahá'í School Committee that these deepening classes will serve in conjunction with the communitie's continued efforts to develop neighborhood children's classes throughout the cluster.
Please register your children online at http://tinyurl.com/jeu56tc (one form for each child). The cost is $10 per child payable by cash or check to the Edmond LSA to help cover costs. Scholarships are available.
**Please no cell phones during class time.**
Developing the moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness, but to the service and advancement of our entire society.
Parents everywhere are looking for ways to give children this spiritual education, to lay the foundations for their children to have noble characters and fruitful lives.
Spiritual and moral education
Providing spiritual education for children has long been an element of the culture of the Bahá’í community. In neighborhoods across the United States, Bahá’ís and their friends offer moral education classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, complementing the education they receive at school.
Open to all
These classes are open to children of all backgrounds and are often run in collaboration with their families. Drawing on the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, the classes aim to inspire in children a love for God and the Founders of all the great religions in the world.
The classes, both by studying sacred verses and talking through the questions that children face in their lives, help children apply spiritual principles – such as love, unity and justice – to their own lives, to their families and their friends.
All children are welcome to these classes, and no child participates without the approval of his or her parents. These classes include short lessons, activities to build social skills and friendships, games, stories that illustrate virtues like love, kindness, generosity, and art and music.
Classes at the Center
Children’s classes follow the devotional program at the center. Devotions start at 10:00 AM and generally run a half an hour. There is coffee and visiting downstairs until classes begin at 10:50AM,There are classes for all ages. We follow a hybrid of the Edmond, Deer Creek and OKC Public School calendars for breaks and start classes in August and run through May. Check out the main calendar for more information.
Neighborhood Classes/ Junior Youth Program
There are several neighborhood classes running in the Edmond area as well as 2 Junior Youth programs. The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programs are for children aged 11-14.
“To every generation ... comes an opportunity to make a contribution to the fortunes of humanity, unique to their time of life. For the present generation, the moment has come to reflect, to commit, to steel themselves for a life of service from which blessing will flow in abundance.” -- from a letter to youth from the Universal House of Justice, international governing body of the Baha’i Faith
Through activities guided and initiated by the Baha’i community, youth gather regularly to explore themes and questions characteristic to the period of youth, to act on their developing sense of responsibility towards building community, and strengthen their understanding of the importance of faith and tenacity to a life of service. With a vibrant spirit and focused determination, youth from all backgrounds that engage these activities build their capacity to respond with wisdom, courage, and humility in addressing the ills currently facing society.
To respond to the needs of youth and teens throughout the world, the Baha’i community offers the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. This program is aimed at building the capacity for moral reasoning and channeling the energy of young people between the ages of 11 and 14, and is carried out in schools, community centers, and neighborhoods across the United States. Training and hands-on accompaniment is offered for those who wish to become Program mentors and volunteers.
To learn more contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-348-9992.