Youth and Family Ministries
Our 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).
Unity’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.
Call 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?
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.