“The Great Being saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”
– From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
Worship, Training, Service and Unity are the main components that exist at the heart of every Bahá’í community throughout the world and the Bahá’í community of Birmingham is no exception. Here are some of our core activities:
In addition to private prayer and meditation, Bahá’ís gather in their homes and communities for collective worship. Devotional gatherings are scheduled regularly to share a spirit of joy, love and fellowship. Readings are taken from the Bahá’í writings and the scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. Participants are encouraged to bring their prayer books or favourite passages from scriptures to share.
These gatherings often offer prayers for healing or assistance to those in need. Musical selections are diverse, coming from a variety of cultures and styles. There is no established ritual and no solicitation of funds. Light refreshments are often served.
Classes for children (ages 4-10)
Our children’s classes emphasize character building and the development of spiritual virtues and qualities that bring children closer to God, including unity, truthfulness, justice, generosity, kindness and patience. Each lesson focuses on a different virtue and includes prayers, learning of short quotations from the Bahá’í writings, singing, stories, collaborative games and colouring pages that directly reinforce the lesson.
These classes are suitable for children aged 4-10. Parents are welcome to join and assist in the classes. All our teachers have been CRB checked.
Classes for junior youth (ages 11-14)
The junior youth spiritual empowerment programme is positively affecting the lives of many families around the world. We seek to enhance junior youth’s spiritual and intellectual capacities and to prepare them to participate effectively in the affairs of their communities through acts of service. These classes are generally conducted in small groups. Young people who are 11-14 years of age meet regularly and with the aid of a trained and CRB-checked ‘animator’ (facilitator) they read real-life stories, play games and practice consultation to explore everyday issues that affect their lives. They also plan a service project for their local community.
The youth ‘animating’ (facilitating) are seen as mentors by the junior youth participants of the class, who are at a crucial age when they will soon assume new responsibilities.
This is where groups of people gather together to discuss themes which help participants to discover ‘gems of inestimable value’ hidden within themselves.
A series of books are used as a basis for the discussions. The opening book is called ‘Reflections on the Life of the Spirit’. It covers the topics of prayer, the reality of man and life after death.
Study circles sessions are usually held in the evenings on a weekly basis, possibly in the home of the facilitator, or another suitable venue. The facilitator’s role is to ensure that the atmosphere is one in which everyone is free to explore concepts and find their own answers. Groups usually consist of 6-10 people.
Other activities include Bahá’í Holy Day celebrations.
All our activities are open to all (and free of charge).
For further information please contact us.