Youth & Family Ministries

familyOur Youth and Family Ministries provide communication, curriculum support, training, enrichment activities and Rites of Passage services for children, youth, parents and teachers of our nursery, pre-kindergarten, elementary school, middle school (Uniteens) and high school (Y.O.U [Youth of Unity]) youth.

We believe that all children are unique individual expressions of God. As such, each child has infinite potential to create his or her own individual experiences as he/she develops within our church’s mission of understanding “the good news that God is unconditional love expressing as the Christ consciousness within each person.”

In addition to supplementing with experiences and materials provided by each classes’ teachers, we use curriculum materials from Unity Worldwide Ministries so that our children and youth will have a common understanding of stories from the Bible, the Unity story, Twelve Powers and Five Principles.

We support our teens in leadership development by encouraging participation during Sunday Services on the 5th Sundays throughout the year, sharing joy songs with the congregation, reading Daily Word, leading prayers and meditations, ushering, greeting, providing audio/visual support and creating powerpoint presentations. Graduating seniors are asked to provide a small talk to the congregation prior to graduation so that they may receive the blessings of this spiritual family.

The Rev. Vicki Bunch is our Youth Education Coordinator; Mary Beth Holtzman is the Children’s Celebration Center Coordinator (ages 0-10).

number 5Unity’s Five 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.

RESOURCES for PARENTS

Program Overview: Unity Family Matters on Unity Online Radio

Good parenting doesn’t happen by default. It is intentional. It is a decision about who you will be and what you will do in your family life. Your hosts Rev. Jennifer and Ogun Holder want you to experience the “light” side of parenting — realizing your divine identity while raising your children to know they are “the light of God.” Every week we offer insight based upon Unity principles, talk with today’s prominent experts in spiritual parenting, and address your questions and comments from spiritual perspectives.

rosebudCall out the Children…
by Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity

Our mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be “called out” is to follow the harmonious law of the soul’s unfoldment. Who meddles with the rosebud? What fingers are deft enough to pry open that marvel of folded beauty? We are wise enough to leave it alone to follow the glad law of its own unfolding, but our children! Have we dealt as wisely with these buds of marvelous possibilities? Have we always remembered that they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own genius?

heartgoldHEART AGREEMENTS
Basic classroom agreements between teachers and youth

1.   I Am loving and loveable
2.   I Am kind
3.   I Am cooperative
4.   I Am a listener
5.   I Am respectful.

Unity in the Heart of Teens
The International Youth of Unity (YOU) gathered at Unity Village, Missouri in July 2013, and a group made this video, which interpreted Unity’s teachings in a clever, unique way.

Mary Beth Holtzman

Mary Beth Holtzman

Mary Beth Holtzman, RScP, Director of Youth and Family Services
Professional Background: On January 2, 2010, I started the New Year with a new job as Director of Ministry Services at Unity of Richmond. My professional experience included working as an Executive Assistant in Customer Service; working as an Office Manager for both large corporations and small businesses; and owning a non-profit with my husband Stuart. Stuart and I are also Licensed Prayer Practitioners; we trained and studied for this in southern California for many years. Bringing all this experience together feels perfect that I am working and ministering at Unity of Richmond.

Unity Experience: Upon moving to Richmond in 2009, I visited Unity of Richmond within that first month and over that year I became more involved in serving and volunteering. Joining the choir has been a truly wonderful experience as well as volunteering in the Youth Department and teaching our fabulous kids on Sunday mornings and working alongside the fantastic teachers is such a gift!

Vision: In the time that I have been working and attending the church I have seen amazing change and growth happen! I know for Unity of Richmond that it continues to be that spiritual light in the community and the planet. That it continues to carry the message of “transformed lives, transforming the world.”

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