We honor your child’s path to spiritual maturity by providing a well-rounded spiritual curriculum designed to reach each child’s age and level of understanding. Classes meet on Sunday mornings during the adult Services.
At the end of each Service, the children and teens join the adults in the Sanctuary to receive a special blessing from the congregation, followed by the closing song.
Youth Education Age Groups & Classrooms
Offered Sundays at 9:25a and 11:25a. Unity has been descried as a “way of living.” Teachers assist children in developing values and learning how to apply these ideas in their daily lives. Parental modeling reinforces “living in principle” for children.
Infants and toddlers through 17 months
Young children feel God’s love through our caring voices and warm hugs. Your child will be lovingly cared for by our volunteers while you are in the worship service. Our desire is to provide the most caring and secure environment possible and for you to feel comfortable leaving your child in our care. We affirm the Christ within your child as we cuddle, play and sing.
Children ages 18 months through 47 months
Volunteers playfully interact with your child through song, conversatoin and other activities. Cooperative play time with toys teaches skills to be used in future classroom settings. A short lesson from Truth for Tots introduces children to a beginner’s Bible or contemporary story, and affirms the Christ within them.
Children ages 4 and 5 years.
Little ones can learn about God through sharing with others in hands-on lessons. The stories and activities are planned with their attention span in mind. Children learn through wonder questions, music, learning to do for themselves and repetition.
Grades 1-5, Room 201
Children are naturally inquisitive and want to learn. They’ll often make a craft to take home that reminds them of the lesson theme. Ask your child to share this with you. Your interest means a lot to them. The use of crafts, hands-on projects, music, games, food, role-play and classroom discussion begin to explore the ways in which each child can incorporate the spiritual principles they learn into their daily lives at home and at school.
Every summer a weeklong camp is held for the elementary age children. This camp uses a variety of art forms — music, dance, movement, drama, food, art, nature — to explore the practical application of a spiritual topic in depth. Interaction with fellow campers and experienetial learning are important features of the camp. Field trips and guest speakers are often featured as well. Feedback from parents has been that these camps are often life-changing for their children.
Grades 6-8. Offered Sundays @ 11:25am
Uniteens is designed for pre-teens and young teens in Junior High/Middle School. The Uniteen leaders provide lessons and activities that foster the spiritual, emotional, and social growth of this age group. Uniteens are given the opportunity to connect with their peers and explore how they can incoproate spiritual princicples and tools into their daily lives. Bible and metaphysics are covered and self-expression is encouraged.
Learning is enhanced through informal sharing, and occasional service opportunities and fun activities outside of church. Uniteens participate in quarterly social outings to build friendships with their church peers, such as puzzle rooms, bowling, laser tag, roller or ice skating, and swimming or tubing events. Sometimes, they even enjoy a lock-in or spiritual retreat with other Uniteens from area Unity churches.
Each Sunday our teens have the opportunity to:
- Be involved in spiritual activities
- Have social interaction with other teens and adults sponsors
- Receive encouragement from other teens
- Have a safe place to be heard and respected, to stretch and grow
- Discover, explore and develop their inner Christ potential in an atmosphere of openness, freedom and unconditional love
- Discuss with other truth-oriented teenagers, the challenges that everyone faces in growing up and becoming independent
- Have fun, plan activities and serve others with a group of accepting friends
- Participate in regional and international gatherings where they can get to know other teens from Unity churches in their areas and from all over the world
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.)
Grades 9-12. Offered Sundays @ 11:25am
Our Youth of Unity group chapter focuses on connection, relationship building and support for each other in dealing with all aspects of life. Our amazing adult Sponsors support the teens in designing and leading lessons, developing leadership skills and encouraging them to play an active role in the classroom experience. It is a classroom that is student-led, adult-guided. This age group uses their understanding of the Bible and Truth principles to discuss and look deeper into the issues and concerns they encounter every day.
Y.O.U. created an atmosphere for teens to experience themselves and learn more about how to apply Unity principles to their lives. This is accomplished through various group activities that include group meditation and prayer, family groups, workshops, joy songs and heart talks.
Creating an atmosphere of loving support and safety is an important part of any Y.O.U. activity. Each unique individual is accepted with open arms. Whether the emotion is laughter or tears, teens are honored for the Christ within them and accepted as an expression of God.
Active learning and peer to peer teaching are the two pillars of Y.O.U. lessons. Though lessons can be on various topics such as Unity’s Five Principles, the Twelve Powers, religions of the world, or spiritual books, lessons always reflect concepts, ideas and challenges that are relevant to teens.
Our youth group is a very active ministry. There are many opportunities to explore their spirituality through social outings, service projects, fundraisers, lock-ins and rallies. Opportunities to attend larger sub-regional events, regional retreats and rallies are offered in different parts of our region throughout the year.
The lessons each Sunday focus on reinforcing the idea that God is within us, around us, everywhere present and that we are loved unconditionally. We also begin to establish a basic understanding of the Bible and how the stories in the Bible reflect Unity Principles. Other sacred writings and contemporary children’s stories are also used. The children are encouraged to connect with their inner wisdom and to live the Truth they know.
Unity Curriculum Features
- Grounded in Unity principles and concepts.
- Provide choices within the lessons.
- Include prayers and meditations.
- Use effective questioning strategies.
- Address multiple learning styles so all can participate.
- Provide lively creative experiences related to the discussion and help deepen learning.
A Living Curriculum
A Living Curriculum is an approach or philosophy which affirms that what is to be learned or known, already lives within the adult, child or teen. It moves us past the belief that teachers have all the answers and need to impart them to the students. Instead, there is a realization that all of us are uniquely unfolding on our spiritual path, having access to the Spirit within.
The Living Curriculum is a process of spiritual support used to assist children, teens, families, and the church community in co-creating successful living. It honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each one of us, and uses storytelling and experiential creative expression to “draw out” the Truth we already know. The process helps us to explore spiritual principles and to become aware of how the principles operate in our lives.
To assist in creating a meaningful, effective experience or lesson using the Living Curriculum philosophy, the following process is used:
The Issue – What is the issue, theme or principle that is to be explored? An intention is created for each lesson that will assist the children and teens in engaging both their head and their heart.
The Vehicle – The vehicle (story, video clip, song, poem, life experience, etc.) is the experience that creates the common ground so that everyone present can feel a connection to the lesson intention.
Creating common ground also helps the group to bond and to know that they are not the only one to experience such life issues.
The Discussion – The discussion is the heart of each lesson. The questions used invite the children and teens to see how the issue is happening to the characters in the story, how it is happening in their lives and in the world around them. This helps them come to their own conclusions as to how to experience life from a deeper, more connected place.
The Creative Experience – The creative experiences are open ended activities that invite the children and teens to play in what they have heard and shared and to explore how it is relevant to their lives.