Youth & Family

   

Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children, one that encourages the natural growth and unfoldment of the Christ potential that is inherent in each one of us. As we recognize the uniqueness of each individual, we empower them to live their lives according to divine law and to trust their inner wisdom and guidance.

Unity's 5 Basic Principles (for children)

  1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
     
  2. I am naturally good because God's Divinity is in me and in everyone.
     
  3. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
     
  4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
     
  5. I do and give my best by living the Truth I know. I make a difference.

Sunday Morning Lesson Currculum

We follow the 'A Living Curriculum' that was developed by the Association of Unity Churches and defined as: “A philosophy, a process and a program of spiritual support to assist children, teens, families and the church community in successful living.  A Living Curriculum is designed to ‘draw forth’ the truth mainly through experiences, storytelling and creative expression.  Each lesson relates to an issue in a person’s life and seeks to facilitate an experience of God connected to their life.” - Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Structure

Pre-session Activity: Children make a name tag, choose a service opportunity and create a Prayer Stick that will be shared during the Gathering Circle.

Gathering Circle: All classes gather together for the Daily Word Reading, Love Offering, Announcements, and Prayer Sharing.

Lesson Time: Uniteens move into their own room and the rest of the children are divided into different age groupings. Here they experience the different parts of the lesson.

The Story: Depending on the curriculum, they either read a Bible Story or a spiritually-based children's story or watch a movie clip based on a Lesson Intention.

Explore/Discuss: After common ground is established with the story, the children are invited into an exploration and discussion of the major points of the story and how this shows up in our own lives. The questions are designed to encourage personal exploration based on their age levels and understanding.

Creative Expression: This is a time to have the students apply the concept and to reinforce and reflect on how they will use their new ideas and skills during the week. It is an open-ended activity that helps to give them time to personally explore the ideas.

Sharing: There is time at the end for anyone who wants to share their ideas related to the lesson.

Closing Meditation: All classes come back together and close in prayer and meditation.

Youth Ed Director: Christine Randle

Pick Up and Drop Off

Drop Off: Students, Kindergarten to 8th grade, should be escorted to the Youth Ed Room, on the lower level,  by a parent or other adult between 10:45 and 11:00 am.  Sign-in is required. Y.O.Uers (high school age) also gather in the Youth Ed Room before going upstairs. 

Pick Up: All children under 10 years old are to be picked up in the Youth Ed Room immediately following the service by their parents or other adult. They must be signed out.