Unity Youth Ministry
Our Youth Ministry program offers a safe, loving, empowering environment in which children may learn, understand and celebrate Unity principles.
Youth education is offered for 5-12 year olds during our Sunday Celebration Service at 10 am, with our youth teacher, Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund, PhD. Anne-Marie is a seasoned teacher from Cascades Academy as well as a long time student of Unity. Our children learn meditation and spiritual principles, explore sacred stories and rituals from various spiritual traditions as well as contemporary teachers, and enjoy creative expressions and community service.
Our youngest children (infant -age 4) have a nursery environment filled with soft safe places to rest and fun toys to play with. They are cared for by Melissa Renee, a loving mother herself, with extensive experience and expertise in early childhood development.
NEW! We are happy to announce that our programs are expanding & in the Spring of 2017, we began two new youth groups! Our Uniteens (grades 6-8) are meeting every other week, after Sunday Service and our Youth of Unity (grades 9-12) are meeting monthly.
Uniteens are teens in grades 6, 7, 8 or equivalent who 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. Uniteen groups meet on rotating Sunday mornings after 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 life.
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) is our youth chapter that supports spiritual growth, personal enrichment, fun and family. The Unity movement has YOU chapters all across the nation. Meant for 14-18 years old, who desire to come together to learn Unity principles and spiritual practices, serve the community and church through community service projects and volunteering, bond and create friendships through social activities and interaction and participate in fundraising activities and tithing
What the parents in our program are saying:
“I love what our philosophy does for our children. I have had to work so hard as an adult to be conscious of my actions and to release all negative feelings about myself. I have two grown boys 10 years apart in age. My younger son grew up in this philosophy while my older son did not. The differences in them is amazingly obvious . My younger son learnt early on to feel good about himself and be positive about life. In our center, in Bend one of my favorite parts of the service is the end. The children read the final positive statements and the adults repeat it after them. It gives the children such power and it makes them feel important. Even if they are to young to read the teacher will tell them what the line is. You can see the pride in their faces. I truly love this. Bring your children here and see the wonderful changes in their sense of who they are.” –Lynne Zuckerman
“Ben and Izzy love the sense of community and they are gaining skills on how to cope as well as how to grow. Our kids have more challenges than we did growing up with split families, information overload and global access to the grief our world encounters. Unity provides them the tools and the wisdom to look within for the answers and to believe in themselves. What it means to me is that I am growing the spirit of love and peace in my children, instead of a desire for the material and a sense of entitlement. My children experience a love that is so needed in today’s day and age, that of a community that is beyond family and a true example of the extension of love through the power of faith.” -Jenn Limoges
“Dillon really loves having the opportunity to talk on the microphone at the end of the service. Megan loves sitting on my or Brian’s lap and cuddling with us. She likes that she is free to choose whether she wants to stay with us or go with the other kids. They have brought home fun projects. When goodie bags were made for homeless people, the kids enjoyed handing them out to individuals standing on the corner, holding a sign.”
“What I have noticed most in Giselle since she has been coming to Unity, is she understands about sharing and helping one another, not just her family at home, but helping everyone in the world and that we are all family. Giselle comes from a family that never had much and sometimes were on the receiving end of help so they never formed the habit of giving. This is changing for Giselle because of Unity. I have seen many times where she is so thrilled to be able to give and help. Two Christmas’s ago, her and I took a name of a child off of a Xmas tree to buy gifts for. She understood why and what we were doing and this understanding came from Unity. For me, being able to have Giselle exposed to Unity is the most valuable gift I could ever give her. I wish I had known Unity when my boys were growing up. What a difference it could of made in their lives. A place to learn sharing, kindness, respect, love, laughter—Oh I could keep going on and on.” -Marilyn Holler
“Sara says she likes the energy and how positive and nice people are, and that they want to give that energy to everyone else. I’ve noticed that she feels part of a community and likes to speak up. I like that she’s learning Unity’s spiritual concepts with other children, as I’m learning and experiencing with the adults.” -Kathryn Eng
“Avalin’s favorite part of church is seeing all of her good friends that she has made by going to Unity. She loves food time, too where she gets to sit down and eat yummy food with our Unity Community. I love that her teacher is so passionate about our children and teaching them beautiful lessons to grow young spiritual beings.” -Anna Thedford