Youth Ministry

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.

Unity:

  • 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.

child meditatingUnity’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.

Classes at 10:00 a.m.

Unity of Columbia’s Youth Ministry Program offers engaging weekly classes for our youth. Our classes meet during the service 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 wing.

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
  • UniTeens – 6th grade and up — Orange 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.

Unikid’s & UniFriends Class: We start with circle time where we do ice breaker activities, exercise (yoga, etc.), sing songs, have a simple meditation and share with one another. Next, children participate in age-appropriate activities such as stories, discussions, games, crafts, etc. We close our lesson time with our Prayer for Protection. Snacks are also served during class.

Teens: Our teens begin with prayer, sharing and connection. Next, they have readings, discussions, and activities to help them access and grow confident in their innate spiritual wisdom. Many of the activities in this class are teen led.

Parents and families are always welcome to join us for a Youth Ministry class.

Enrollment and Safety Precautions:

In order to keep our 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.

Volunteering
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.

Facebook Group

If your family is enrolled in Unity of Columbia YFM, please click here to request to join our private Facebook group. This is where we chat and share photos of our weekly YFM activities.

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