Sunday School

Introductory Class 10:45 a.m.   |   Class 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

The Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday School at the Berkeley Temple is open to all children of SRF members 3 to 12 years old interested in learning about the SRF teachings.

Children are guided to develop the “How-to-Live” principles of Paramahansa Yogananda and taught to experience for themselves the value of meditation and having a personal relationship with God. Children also learn about the lives and teachings of the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus. All classes are led by lay SRF members.

Lessons are interesting, age-appropriate, and relevant to the children’s daily lives. Note to parents: Please escort your children to their classroom and pick them up after class.

Classes

 

goldl_lotus bullet_+Preschool Class Girls and Boys — Ages 3 – 6

goldl_lotus bullet_+Primary Girls and Boys — Ages 7 – 9

goldl_lotus bullet_+Junior Girls and Boys — Ages 10 – 12

 

 

Sunday School Format

goldl_lotus bullet_+Introductory Class — Children and Parents are welcomed to the Sunday School. The children are engaged in a pre-service activity (craft, game, etc.) creating a sense of unity and loving exchange and are given an introduction to the lesson of the class. Children are welcomed to their Sunday School class by the teachers, and work on an activity (craft, game, etc.) that sets the tone for the class lesson.

goldl_lotus bullet_+Energization Exercises — The children practice the method of energy control taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.

goldl_lotus bullet_+Meditation — Meditation begins with an opening prayer followed by a short period of devotional chanting. Children learn to still their minds and bodies and turn their awareness inward towards God. They frequently practice an affirmation that relates to the topic of the class.  The meditation closes with a prayer. The length of the meditation period is determined by the ages of the children.

goldl_lotus bullet_+The Lesson — Each class focuses on a spiritual theme, such as kindness, stillness, courage, evenmindedness. Teachers use storytelling, crafts, object lessons, puppets, role plays, discussion, and service projects to convey the lesson.

goldl_lotus bullet_+Closing Prayer — Sunday School class ends with a prayer and a moment of silence.

Teen Group

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Minister Sundays

Berkeley Temple Teen Group provides an atmosphere of support and fellowship for teens 13 to 18 years old. Meetings are held at the Berkeley Temple twice a month, on Minister Sundays, and include practice of the Energization Exercises, prayer, devotional chanting, and meditation.

Group discussions offer teens an opportunity to reflect upon and apply Paramahansa Yogananda’s “How-to-Live” principles in their daily lives and share with other spiritually-oriented teens how the SRF teachings help meet the challenges of being a teenager in today’s world.

The Teen group is guided by SRF lay members. In addition to Sunday classes, the Teen Group sponsors fellowship events, retreats, pilgrimages, service opportunities, including assisting younger children in Sunday School and satsangas with the Minister.

Please consult the Temple Calendar for meeting dates.

How-to-Live School Youth Programs

Summer Day Programs for Youth and Teens

 

Girls’ Program

2020 Dates to be Announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys’ Program

2020 Dates to be Announced

 

Self-Realization Fellowship will be conducting a five-day How-to-Live program in Encinitas, California,
for children 7 to 12 years of age; as well as a five-day teen program for 13 to 18-year-olds.

The programs are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at the Encinitas Country Day School, a 20-acre campus bordering a lagoon.

The beautiful environment provides the feeling of being quietly secluded, while being easily accessible to nearby towns.

For more information and inspiring videos with youth participants, visit Self-Realization Fellowship’s website page: Summer_Day_Program.