That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.






Each child is unique, endowed by God with specific talents and faculties. The purpose of the classes is to assist children
to acquire spiritual qualities and an upright character, revealing those gems latent within them. Lessons include various
modes of learning, memorization of quotations, story telling, games, songs and art.
The Springfield IL Bahá’í Community sponsors children’s classes which are offered to provide a means for developing
attitudes and qualities that will lead to the children’s spiritual growth.

Great attention is given to the development of spiritual qualities and to those beliefs, habits and behaviors that constitute
the essential attributes of a spiritual being. Bahá'í children's classes are intended to nurture spiritually vibrant and healthy
young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to
God and have a role to play in serving humanity.

O God!
Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden.
Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that
they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

These classes are free of charge and include:

  • Children's Devotional
  • Practice using Virtues
  • Free play
  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Movement and Dance

There are also many neighborhood children’s classes being offered by Bahá’ís throughout Springfield and surrounding areas.
All of these classes focus on developing morals, virtues and other spiritual tools that the future citizens of this world will need to increase the process of peace-building.

Junior Youth Empowerment

Baha’i-sponsored junior youth classes are free and open to everyone regardless of their beliefs, they help teach
spiritual, moral and ethical decision-making skills. Designed to help young adolescents between the ages of 11-14
develop into focused, happy and productive teenagers and young adults, junior youth groups teach the
crucial moral, spiritual and ethical skills society often fails to transmit to this important age group.

Encouraging idealistic as well as practical goals, junior youth classes emphasize the growth of spiritual
capacity as a path to fun, friendship, happiness, fulfillment and positive social change.
Nurturing those capacities in junior youth groups tends to bring out the best and most noble
aspects of the adolescent soul, mind and spirit.

Some helpful resources:
Brilliant Star, an award-winning children's magazine that can be incorporated into children's classes.

Baha'i children's classes around the world

Baha'i youth around the world

Family life and children

Family life

To sign up for a Children or Jr. Youth Class in our area or learn more please contact:
Call: 217/544-9595 or Email: