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Lesson 15: It’s a blessing to have many true friends

Today’s lesson concludes the set on “Being a good friend”.

We first reviewed the prayer we’re learning (Refresh and gladden my spirit…) – using the melody by Tara Ellis. And then we went over the lesson’s intro”

True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we don what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning. What a blessing to have many true friends.

Of course, sometime friends (and we) make mistakes. and we may feel sadness in our hearts – but we can be forgiving. When our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, we can forgive and the sadness goes away.

We then focussed on today’s story – it is about a mountain, who was so tall, that he only had the lovely fluffy white clouds for company. He loved playing with them, but was very sad, when one summer’s day, they didn’t return. He asks the sky, why they’re not coming, and sky tells the mountain, that they’ve gone to a afar away place to the kingdom of winter and they’re not returning until the end of summer. The mountain is very sad and starts to cry, his tears running down his side in rivers. Before long, the cracked soil on the plain far below drinks up all those tears and starts to flourish. It calls out to the mountain and thanks him for the water. The mountain is very surprised – he’d never looked down below and was so happy to have found a new friend in the meadow.

To remember that we can find friends in the most unlikely places (or at least in places we might not have looked before) the children painted the scene of the mountain – with fluffy white cotton balls for clouds…

To finish off our class for today, we played a great game, as part of drama improvs – sitting in a big circle and passing around various every-day items (a ball, remote control, pen, piece of fabric, etc) – each child in turn has to pretend this object to be of a certain use (fabric – this is my hanky, my blanket, my apron, my turban, etc). It was fabulous, and we had so much fun doing soooo many rounds, we didn’t even have time left to do the drama improvisation 🙂 Maybe next time!

Lesson 14 : Being a trustworthy friend

This is a beautiful overview of the lesson from last Sunday – sorry, I was away, that’s why I’m a bit late – but Lily has compiled it all for sharing here:

1. Revise last week’s lesson – friendship

2. Recite prayer – ‘O God, refresh and gladden my spirit…’

3. Explain and discuss today’s lesson

a. Brainstorm what trusting another person looks like:

Here are some ideas of what a trustworthy person looks like to start with.

(Add your class’s own ideas) A person you can trust:

– Tells the truth

– Honors his/ her promises to another

– Obeys the rules and laws even when no one is looking

– is honest (would never steal, cheat, or lie)

– is wise (He/she listen carefully to others and gives advice that is helpful to others.)

 

b.  Brainstorm what trusting in God looks like. Read some or all of the quotes that are included for this lesson:

“Supplemental Quotations for Ruhi Book 3, Children’s Lesson 15”.

You can write on a large piece of paper ideas generated from the quotes and add others as you think of them. These can be posted during Activity no. 3, 4, 5 and 6. After hearing from books or told by individuals, you can add other ideas to the above list.

 

4. Children copy the quote into their workbook:

“The source of all good is trust in God, submissions unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure”.

5. Art n craft: Make a card to thank someone for being a person you can trust.

The card does not have to be made for people you can actually give it to even though that is very nice. It can honor those who have died or people whose name or address are unknown. A display can made of the cards and include “People we would like to thank for being trustworthy.”

6. Story:

One day a woman came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with her sorrows. As she told her story,‘Abdu’l-Bahá tried to calm her and said, “Don’t be sad now, don’t be sad.”

The Woman said, “My brother has been in prison for three years. He should not have been imprisoned because it was not his fault. He was weak and followed others. He will be in prison for four more years. My mother and father are full of sorrow all the time. My brother in law used to take care of us, but he has just died.”

The Master could see the whole human story. Here was a family which was experiencing every form of misery-they were poor, they were weak, they were sad, disgraced, and without any hope whatsoever.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You must trust in God.”

“But,” the woman cried, “the more I trust, the worse things become!”

“You have never trusted,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

“But my mother is reading the Bible all of the time,” she said. “She does not deserve that God should leave her so helpless! I read the Bible myself; I say the 91st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm every night before I go to bed. I pray too.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her lovingly and said, “To pray is not to read the Bible. To pray is to trust in God and accept His Will. You must be patient and accept the Will of God, then things will change for you. Put your family in God’s hands. Trust in God and love His Will. Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”

From “Stories About‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Gloria Faizi. 

6. Game: Trust

  1. In pairs, one blind folded and the other one is to lead him to somewhere e.g tree and let him feel the tree.  Change over.
  2. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield. 

7. Closing:

  • Children sit around and share how they feel about the activity. Did they trust the person leading them? Why/why not?
  • Recite the quote and prayer

Thank you Lily – looks like the children had an awesome time!!! 🙂

Lesson 13 : Being a good friend

In this fifth set of lessons in grade two, we’re looking at how to be a good friend. Lesson 13 focuses on the one true friend, that we will always have by our side – God. Because he loves each one of us and cares for us all, He overlooks our shortcomings and forgives us when we forget to follow His guidance. Knowing that God is there for us always, makes us feel we’re never alone. Of course, there are many other friends we have as well, some stay with us for a long time, some come and go. It’s these relationships we need to nourish and look after.

We’ve decided to choose a different prayer to learn by heart for this set of lessons – it is this one:

We decided to memorise it by learning the tune with it – haven’t quite decided which one yet, either from Anthony and Michael’s Strive CD or Tara Ellis’ Devotions.

After spending quite a bit of time on making sure we understand all the words in this prayer, we moved on to making friendship bracelets – yay!

We used this lovely tutorial for an easy way of braiding the fishbone pattern bracelets. Using embroidery cotton (get cheap 5 colour packs from the Warehouse, for approx NZ$2.50), the children made some gorgeous bracelets – we might have to do this again, it was fun!

To finish off, we shared the story of Howard Kelly – and the famous story A GLASS OF MILK. Unfortunately we ran out of time to look at the other story in the lesson and do any of the drama. But we might be able to complete that next week.

See you all then!

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