A World of Prayer – Interfaith Prayers for Children

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It is never too soon to develop understanding and respect for other cultures and religions. This beautiful full-color booklet introduces children to “A World of Prayer” through a sampling of short prayers from ten different religions, with representative pictures of children of each culture.

This edition is designed to be purchased in bulk and given away.

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A World of Prayer – Interfaith Prayers for Children

It is never too soon to develop understanding and respect for other cultures and religions. This beautiful pamphlet-style full-color booklet introduces children to “A World of Prayer” through a sampling of short prayers from ten different religions, with representative pictures of children of each culture. Children will see themselves represented, and also see their friends and neighbors in a respectful setting. This will help them gain a better understanding of how our differences aren’t so different after all.

In addition to being a great educational tool that can be given out at children’s classes, festivals and interfaith events, the prayers themselves are a source of comfort and inspiration. This makes them valuable additions to hospital waiting rooms, homeless shelters, children’s services offices, and anywhere there are children who might be feeling stressed and in need of some Divine assistance.

I encourage you to click on the pictures and get a feel for the welcoming and reverent attitude the pictures and prayers present.

By making this more pamphlet-style than our other booklets (it doesn’t have a separate cover), we were able to create a full-color booklet for the same price as our one-color booklets. That way we could price it low enough that you can feel comfortable giving it away in large quantities.  Leave several copies out in public areas so that people will feel comfortable picking them up and taking them home. It is pretty enough to be received as a precious gift, but small enough that it will not burden the receiver or make them feel like they are taking something they shouldn’t.

In health care settings, this is a great companion to our Book of Comfort and Healing, which is an interfaith booklet organized by topic. It contains scripture focused specifically on health and healing and the soul.

Another good companion book is The Interfaith Prayer Book. It is a more general book of prayers designed for adults. It is organized by religion rather than by topic. It includes beliefs about prayer from the six major world religions, appropriate clip-art of Holy Places and symbols, and a diverse selection of representative prayers for each religion.

All three of these booklets are wonderful ways to make people of every faith feel included. They are appropriate for any setting in which people from different backgrounds might come to pray or celebrate together.

This edition is designed to be purchased in bulk and given away. It is 6×4″ full-color throughout, self-cover (cover is the same paper as the interior), saddle stitched (bound with staples), and 24 pages long.

Weight.25 lbs
Dimensions7 × 5 × .2 in
Pack

single copy, 5 copies, 40 copies, case of 160, 20 copies, case of 320

Service Project Idea

This is the description of a service project carried out by the Baha’is of Sumter County, FL, combining the gift of our Comfort and Healing booklet with online devotional meetings for residents of Senior Living Facilities.
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COMMUNITY BUILDING SERVICE PROJECT:

Disseminate Interfaith Compilations to the residents, family, activity directors and staff of Senior Living/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes and Hospitals in the Sumter County, FL area with invitations to an Interfaith Devotional every week.

 

Inspired by Feast Letter from NSA on 4/7/2020 –

“Let us also pray for the mitigation of the pandemic’s severity and for the safety and health of those at greatest risk – the elderly, the infirm, the poor, and the homeless.”….let us all remember the connection between prayer and service…nothing could be more important than offering them hope, by doing all in our power to share with them the healing message of Baha’u’llah.  As the beloved Master, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, advises:

O ye friends of God!  True friends are even as skilled physicians, and the Teachings of God are as healing balm, a medicine for the conscience of man.  They clear the head, so that man can breathe them in and delight them in and delight in their sweet fragrance.  They waken those who sleep.  They bring awareness to the unheeding, and a portion to the outcast, and to the hopeless, hope… Wherefore, look not on the degree of your capacity, ask not if you are worthy of the task:  rest ye your hopes on the help and loving-kindness, the favors and bestowals of Baha’u’llah – may my soul be offered up for His friends!  Urge on the steed of high endeavor over the field of sacrifice, and carry away from this wide arena the prize of divine grace.

 

 

Step 1:

Consulted with the Local Spiritual Assembly of Sumter County, FL and they offered their support and several members of the assembly helped to edit and construct the introduction letters to Chaplin of the local Hospital, Activity Directors and Residents of Assisted Living Homes in the Sumter county and ads produced to assist this service project.

 

Step 2:

Found thru Special Ideas the Interfaith Compilations available to disperse: Buying books in bulk and delivering them to the homes saved money.  Also, having them in individual envelopes 6 x9, addressed as a Gift to the Residents of … & the Activity Directors picked them up outside during the pandemic. 

Book of Comfort & Healing – Prayers & Inspiration from Many Faiths

Meditations on the Life to Come Comfort & Prayers from Many Faiths

Prayer Cards for Healing and Refresh and Gladden My Spirit

The Interfaith Prayer Book – mostly used for The Hospital Clergy Staff

True Wealth For Troubled Times – A Baha’i Perspective

 

Step 3: 

Researched the homes (Assisted/Senior Living/Independent Living/Nursing Homes) in our jurisdiction of our county.  Most of them had 3 divisions.  Made a list of all homes, addresses, phone numbers and then called to get the name of their Activity Director or Life Enrichment Director.  Fact finding at this point.

 

Created a standard letter with the help and approval of LSA to go to 8-10 facilities Activity Directors or Life Enrichment Directors (see sample in the attachments)

 

Step 4:

Created a flyer:  WELCOME TO INTERFAITH DEVOTIONS ON ZOOM

Every Saturday at 10:00 am – (see sample in the attachments) this allows residents and their family to attend and even staff of the homes.

In addition, we created devotions from the compilations by chapters in this book to allow the residents or friends follow along and that way made it easy to participate in offering a prayer of their choice.  We welcomed anything someone wanted to share and leave time to socialize too.

UHJ – In Devotional gatherings:  Feelings of fellowship and common cause are generated, particularly in spiritually heightened conversations that naturally occur at such times and through which the “city of the human heart” may be opened. NSA, Feast of Qawl Letter, 11/21/20

 

Step 5:  

Learned thru Zoom.com (easy) – how to host Zoom meetings.  Signed up for a year subscription to be able to host the meetings for up to 100 people with no time restraints. Important to learn how to schedule a meeting and how to share a screen to view the readings for the devotion. 

 

 

Step 6:

Created an individual packet with a label on front – Gifts to the resident of Name of Resident Facility.  Packet included:

2 Interfaith Compilations

Book of Comfort & Healing – each at bulk rate of 1.30 for (150 copies) normally 3.95 each.

Meditations on the Life to Come each at bulk rate 1.25 each for 120 books (normally 3.95 each)

Letter of introduction to the Residents of the Home 

One Prayer Card for Refresh and Gladden My Spirit (used like a book mark in compilation.

Note:  All material had a label on it, giving local contact information. This label was printed on a personal printer.

NOTE:

IN CALLING THE ACTIVITY DIRECTORS OR CHAPLAINS AT HOSPITALS

Simply, say a prayer or remover of difficulties and follow your heart with introducing yourself and the reason you are calling them.

I used this example in speaking to the Activities Director:   As an individual I wanted to create a Community Development Project and because of the uncertain times we are living in, I wanted to reach out to all of the Assisted Living facilities in our county and offer these free compilations of Comfort and Healing Prayers and Inspirations from 10 different Faith Traditions.  So far, this has been very well received by other senior resident facilities. I was hoping to mail you a sample of these compilations to review. Then you could let me know after you receive this, how many you may want to have for your residents.    To be safe, all of the books can be individually packaged in an envelope addressed as a Gift to the residents. Because of the Pandemic, family and friends cannot always visit the residents so I created a weekly Interfaith devotion that all are welcome to attend for fellowship and writings and prayers that can help ease the cares, comfort the hearts and united the hearts in a sacred acknowledgement of the mysteries of life and the values held in common.  By the way how many residents do you have?  Do any of them use Zoom?  Maybe your staff may also want to have these or some extra for the family of the residents?

 

Note:

1.)  Some facilities wanted only 3 copies for their lending libraries.

2.)  Many wanted to give every resident with a packet with 2 compilations and copy of the Interfaith Devotion flyer and Letter to the Resident.  So far we have passed out over 400 packets to residents.

3.)  Only a few could not accept the compilations because of the corporate rules due the pandemic.  One activity director said, she was so impressed with the material and as soon as the rules are lifted she wanted 82 copies for every one of their residents.

4.)  One other activity director wanted 120 packets and was going to hold a special meeting to pass it out to their residents.  She said this material is so moving and important.

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Update Note:

Having reached all the Senior Living facilities in our County, we will continue to check in with them if they need more gift packets. Plan to help neighboring Baha’i Groups in other Counties to help reach their Senior Living Facilities, & Hospital Chaplains in the same way. Currently, reaching out to my neighbors, friends, family and the Baha’i Community to give this healing words of comfort to anyone needing it. Have been sending the same type of letter and packet with invitations to the Devotional on Saturdays to continue the spirit of Community Building and again the response has been warmly received. So powerful to share the healing Word of God!

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For a sample of the cover letter they used, click on the other tab.

Sample Cover Letter

Name of Activity Director

Name of Senior Living Facility

Address  City, State, Zip

RE:  To the friends of _______________

In the spirit of service to humanity, the Baha’i Community of [your community] would like to donate these three Interfaith Compilations, which include words of comfort, and prayers from many faith traditions, to the residents of your facility.  We hope that you will disseminate these to individuals that will find comfort in the content, especially during these uncertain times.

“The troubles of this world pass, and what we have left is what we have made of our souls; so it is to this we must look – to becoming more spiritual, drawing nearer to God, no matter what our human minds and bodies go through.”

The Baha’i Writings

The three compilations include:

Book of Comfort & Healing, Interfaith Resources:  Prayers & Inspirations from Many Faiths:  If right now you are in need of comfort & healing this book offers a source to feel more connected with the Creator, and help to ease the cares of your heart, and will light your way forward.

The Interfaith Prayer Book:  It shares prayers from a variety of faith traditions which has special potential that can unite the hearts in sacred acknowledgment of the mysteries of life and the sacred values held in common.

Meditations on the Life to Come, Interfaith resources:  It is comforting to know that every major religion around the world and throughout time has promised that there is more to life than this physical plane and they all express confidence that the next world will be a place of joy.  This compilation is meant to ease the fears, comfort the hearts, gives life meaning, and prepares us for the moment the soul separates from the body and continues its eternal journey towards its Maker.

In addition, in this time of social distancing, it is always important to remember that physical distance does not mean emotional distance.  If residents and/or their family members wish to attend Interfaith Devotions Weekly on Zoom (See flyer attached) for upliftment and hope, via zoom, by phone, computer, or tablet we invite them to join us.  We can be contacted at [# or e-mail] or, for more information go to our local website: https://[your local page] or our National Baha’i website:  www.bahai.us

If you would like to receive more compilations for your residents or reach the coordinator of Devotions to attend them, please contact ___ at [# or e-mail].

With sincere regards,

The Baha’is of Sumter County

Sample Invitation to Devotions

WELCOME TO INTERFAITH DEVOTIONS ON ZOOM

We hold Interfaith Devotions every Saturday morning at 10:00 am, where people of all faiths and all paths can come together in a spirit of harmony, worship together, have meaningful conversations, and discuss spiritual ideas.  To receive an invitation to join a zoom meeting contact [e-mail & phone]  Join the meeting by tablet, computer, or phone.  Info:  https://bahaisofsumtercounty

Acts of devotion are inherent to religious life.  Through them, individuals and communities continually reinforce the unique bond that exists between God and humanity.  This bond vitalizes the relationships that sustain society – between individuals and among the various elements of the community.

Nothing reveals the heart of a people more than prayer.  And sharing prayers from a variety of faith traditions has special potential.  It can unite hearts in sacred acknowledgement of the mysteries of life and sacred values held in common.

“Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite the verses revealed by the merciful Lord.  By so doing the doors to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings and ye will then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts filled with radiant joy.” – The Baha’i Writings

Free Copies of Interfaith Resources Compilations are provided by the Baha’i Community of ____ and available at your location to receive and perhaps select a reading to share for the devotional.

Table of Contents

God Can Help Us
Prayers for Assistance
God Loves Us
Prayers for Those We Love
God Guides Us
Prayers for Guidance
God Forgives Us
Prayers for Forgiveness
God Protects Us
Prayers for Protection
God Heals Us
Prayers for Healing God
Tests Us
Prayers for Assistance with Tests
God Fills Us with Spirit
God Calls Us Home
Prayers for the Departed
God Comforts Us
Prayers for Serenity

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  1. James

    The prayers are beautiful and sweet. It’s wonderful to see how similar they are.

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  2. Alyse

    Wonderful little booklet, i learned a lot reading, should be a big winner, all ages should read, then give out.

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  3. Carol H.

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  5. virtue99

    The children’s World Prayer book is delightful. The illustrations are warm and inviting!! Congrats!! Ted Brownstein

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