Exciting things are happening at Unity Way Church! The Director of our Youth Education Department is retiring. She will remain in an advisory position, but we are looking for just the right person to step into her shoes! Please contact the church for requirements to apply for this part-time, but extremely rewarding position!
Following the meeting on Sunday, January 14th, we are back to FOUR Sundays a month! (Five, when there ARE five Sundays.) Your children will find a safe, loving, inviting space to meet, feel comfortable, have fun, and learn from a qualified staff of volunteers. Our teachers enjoy and understand children’s needs and are here to give your child the best experience possible.
Through lessons that include spiritual, creative and social activities, children discover the importance of God in their lives and learn the principles of Truth, according to Unity. Here is the children’s version of Unity’s Five Basic Principles that we teach and refer to during our lessons:
Unity’s Five Basic Principles for Children
- God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
- I am naturally good because God’s divinity is in me and in everyone.
- I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
- I do and give my best by living the truth I know. I make a difference.
Our Sunday classes are an interactive experience involving the youth, the adult sponsors, and the curriculum. We strive to make it a fun, relevant, meaningful learning experience for all. Our lessons include a check-in/sharing time, prayer and meditation, joy songs, offering, a lesson, a creative time, and a closing prayer.
Our Youth Department is divided into several sections. Each is for a specific age group:
We have supervision for nursery and pre-school-aged children.
Unikids and Uniteens
Our Unikids program is for children in grades Kindergarten through second. The Unitweens program is for children in grades three through five. We often teach these two groups together, depending on the ages of the children present and their understanding of the Unity principles. Unitweens have the opportunity to attend a five-night Unity summer camp in June.
Uniteens is our program for the middle-school child. Uniteens are guided through a curriculum designed for their age group. Uniteens have the opportunity to attend overnighter weekend retreats at local churches, a two-night winter retreat in Prescott, AZ, and a five-night summer camp.
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) is our program for high school-aged youth. Curriculum is used that has been created to meet the spiritual needs and interests of this age group. Y.O.U. have the opportunity to attend local service rallies, overnight Fall and Spring rallies, and a leadership training camp in the summer.
All of the youth at Unity Way Church participate in two annual service projects that benefit our church community.
All of our classes teach curriculum that emphasizes the Five Basic Principles of Unity.
The safety of every child is important to us. Janet Robinson, our Director of Youth Education, makes sure that each volunteer who works with our children has passed a background check and that training is provided as needed for our volunteers.
RESOURCES for PARENTS
Program Overview: Unity Family Matters on unity.fm (archives)
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.
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?