Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility, and unconditional love and acceptance.
- Beholds all children as whole and perfect expressions of God
- Empowers children to fulfill their divine potential
- Teaches children to meditate and pray
- Invites children to experience a loving God
Unity provides a strong spiritual foundation for children’s lives.
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.
Classes (during 11:00 am service)
Unity of Columbia’s Youth Ministry Program offers engaging weekly classes for our youth. Our classes meet from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday mornings. Classes are taught by energetic, caring volunteers who follow curriculum developed by Unity Worldwide Ministries or by our Youth Ministry Director. All classes help our youth learn the five basic Unity Principles and focus on simple concepts rooted in Spirituality (i.e. love, joy, cooperation, peace, etc.) During the Youth Ministry hour, your child will explore these principles in a positive, safe environment.
A Day in Youth Ministry
When children arrive, their parents sign them in at a station in front of the sanctuary doors. After signing in and putting on a name tag, they sit in our YFM designated section in the sanctuary. They participate in a short part of the service and come forward for a Children’s Moment (a mini-lesson). After the Children’s Moment, the congregation bless our Youth Ministry and we all depart for our classes located in the Solar Gallery.
To best serve the developmental needs of our children, Youth Ministry offers the following classes. Age ranges and meeting space for each class:
- Nursery & Unitot Care — infants to 5 years old — in the Red Room
- UniKids — Kindergarten thru 2nd grade — Green Room
- UniFriends — 3rd thru 5th grade — Blue Room
Nursery & Unitot Care: The children start with play time. Then, we gather for a short circle time, which includes a story, a song, or a simple meditation. After circle time, we share a snack and then have more play time.
Note: We also offer childcare in the Nursery (Red Room) during the 9:00 am service.
Unikid’s Class: We start with circle time where we do ice breaker activities, exercise (yoga, etc.), sing songs, have a simple meditation, play games, share with one another, and/or collect a love offering. Next, children participate in activities such as stories, discussions, games, crafts, etc. We close our lesson time with our Prayer for Protection. Snacks are also served during class.
Parents and families are always welcome to join us for a Youth Ministry class.
In order to keep your youth safe, all new students will need to fill out enrollment forms. This allows teachers and volunteers to know the individual needs of each child/ youth. (i.e. allergies, medical issues, etc.) At times each family will be asked to update their forms to ensure all information is current and accurate.
We complete background checks on all of the staff helping in the ministry department.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with the YFM area, please contact the YFM Director or place your name on the sign-up sheet found on the YFM table in the Solar Gallery.
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?
We enfold all children in the love of God.
We place all children in the light of God.
We call forth from within them the power of God.
We see the presence of God in each child.
We affirm that all children are under Divine protection of the Holy Spirit
and that all is in Divine Order.