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Welcome back to the new term :)

…what a lovely start to the new term today! With a shared morning tea for all children and their whanau, songs (E te Atua, Tu tiro…, E rere taku poi, etc), prayers and crafts – we enjoyed this morning very much! Thank you everybody for participating!

For crafts, the children made some ‘peace-houses’ out of paper (a resource from the Australian Peace Pack). Colouring them in with great detail and care. It was a lovely activity to share with the families, and something to take home afterwards.

We’ll start with our regular classes again next week – Sunday 5 November, 10am. See you all then 🙂


Joy gives us wings…

We had a small group today – but a very musical one! Starting out with prayers and songs – and lots of ukulele accompaniment 🙂

It was the perfect introduction to our lesson today – which was all about joy – and how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá always admonished everyone to be happy and bring joy to people’s hearts. “Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.”

To remind us of being joyful and that it can give us wings, we made … paper-birds, each carrying a little message of joy in its beak! There were some gorgeous birds and patterns – what talented children we have!

The birds then had a little ‘outing’ in the Kowhai tree….

Next Sunday is our last class before the school holidays. Have a joyful week everyone and see you then!

Grade 2 – lesson 2: Joyfulness

“Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded…” tells us ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (in Paris Talks). And this was our theme for today’s lesson. 🙂 I’ve created a pdf for downloading – check it out here. We talked about how bringing joy to someone’s heart (especially when they are not well) can make them feel soooo much better. The children even had ideas of going to visit people at a hospital and bringing a pet along for patting, to bring joy to people’s hearts. Mmmh – we’ll have to look into how we can best do that as a service project.

We reviewed the memorisation of last week (Blessed is the spot) and practiced the new quote: “O Son of Man! Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty.” Then we shared today’s story about Leroy Ioas meeting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, when He visited Chicago, which you can find in the lesson pdf or on page 30 in Ruhi Book 3a (Teaching Children’s Classes Grade 2).

Drama was great fun today – the exercises comprised of pretending to be candle, melting while counting back from 10.

…they did splendidly! 😉 After enacting a scenario (see the lesson pdf for details) of how 3 friends figured out how to bring joy to their hearts by supporting one of them who hurt themselves, we moved on to singing (Joy by Nancy Ward) and then crafts. Starting out with making tissue-paper flowers (like the bouquet, that Leroy Ioas had bought for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá), we went on to create a whole garden, meant to bring joy to everyone’s heart!

…so much joy, so little time 🙂 it was a lovely lesson – thanks everyone! Well done!


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