Youth & Family Ministry
Unity Church of Peace
1250 Rutledge Street
North Port, Florida 34288
We warmly welcome all children to Sunday school and special activities!
During the 11 a.m. service we offer:
Unitots (1 to 5 years old) we provide a safe, clean and positive daycare experience during Sunday church services. The children are provided rudimentary education in support of Unity teachings (not doctrine or dogma).
Unikids (5 – 10 years old) Unikids receive instruction and life lessons in support of Practical Christianity and Unity Teachings, and provided positive support and encouragement in the exploration of positive life lessons. We are here to guide the children and youth on their journey of spiritual enfoldment and to help them to recognize their own Divinity. In the words of Myrtle Fillmore, “We are here not to entertain the children, but to call them out.”
Uniteens (11 – 13 years old) Uniteens come together to learn Unity Principles & how to apply them, share fellow-ship in a safe, spiritually based environment, & to be supported in their spiritual growth & development.
Uniteens meet on Sunday mornings at church for a weekly spiritual experience. In addition, there are planned social activities, fun outings, service projects & regional retreats. The events & activities outside of regular Sunday meetings help bond the group & provide opportunities to practice & apply spiritual principles to daily lives.
On Sundays Uniteens meet to explore Unity Principles & its application in their lives through a meaningful Sunday lesson. This includes prayer, meditation, scripture & activities related to the Sunday lesson. Social & service gatherings are planned for friendship, group building & to raise the consciousness of selfless giving.
Youth of Unity (14 – 18 years old)
Y.O.U. is not available at this time. But increased interest would make it possible.
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) provides settings in which the principles of Practical Christianity, as taught by Unity, are brought into interaction with life situations through experiential, synergistic learning experiences applicable to daily life. The goal is to provide opportunities for youth to express the spiritually abundant life as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, the Christ.
Some functions of the YOU chapter are to:
- Provide a weekly opportunity to explore concepts of Unity.
- Provide an environment of security and safety for the sharing and exploration of feelings.
- Create an atmosphere of total acceptance to help young people establish their own identity, self-worth and confidence, and a feeling of “belonging.”
- Help young people explore and seek a set of values for themselves.
- Help students define their own purpose for living and develop a method of finding answers to life’s complexities.
- Help students develop a sense of interdependence through working together in a supportive, non-critical environment.
- Introduce new ways of communicating with self and others based on the principles of affirmation, denials and beholding the Christ in all people and situations.
Expose the youth to their own personal power through creative self-expression and service activities.
- To provide each child the opportunity to discover, explore, and nurture a personal relationship with the presence of God within themselves and others.
- To guide each child on an inward journey to find the creative power of God that lies in the center of its heart.
- To empower a sense of Spiritual responsibility.
- To instil a prayerful consciousness of acceptance and oneness with all people.
- Through Bible, story, and other texts, we help children realize the truth that every person is a beautiful and unique expression of God!
- Through sharing Unity principles, we are able to realize that each of us has the ability to change our lives through our thoughts and feelings.
- Through creative activities, we become aware of our true spiritual nature and our ability to have clarity, calmness, and centeredness, even in the stress and excitement of life.
- Through Prayer and meditation, we access God and become aware of our oneness with all.
The Purpose of Spiritual Education
The purpose of Spiritual Education is to bring forth that which already exists (divinity) in the individual. In addition, to see the vision of the continuing transformation of the individual, the community and the world.
A Living Curriculum philosophy was developed by the Association of Unity Churches International (Unity Worldwide Ministries) and is the philosophy that is followed at YFM. It is not one specific piece of material, but is a philosophy, a process, and a program of spiritual support to assist children, teens, families and the church community in successful living. A Living Curriculum is designed to draw forth the truth mainly through experiences, storytelling, and creative expression. Each lesson relates to an issue in a person’s life and seeks to facilitate an experience of God connected to their life.
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, (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 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.
Each lesson ends with an opportunity for the children and teens to share what they have experienced. They are also encouraged to take the new discoveries home with them and use them in their daily 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.
Youth Ministry Staff and Volunteers
Youth Director: Heather Reid, Enrolled in the Certified Spiritual Educator Program
Heather is studying to be a Certified Spiritual Educator with a focus on Youth & Family Ministry. Heather has worked in Youth & Family Ministry for the past 2 years, building a youth program by creating loving, safe, joyous, and fun-filled classrooms in which children discover God within and realize how we are all One! We believe that the truth principles contained within the Unity philosophy are tools that our children can use to expand and transform their lives for a greater expression of God each and every day.
Youth and Family Ministry Teachers and Volunteer Team
All of our YFM teachers go through a screening process that involves an interview and a national background check. We also have ongoing teacher trainings, both onsite and regionally.
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Or call us at 941 423 8171