Unity Youth & Family Ministry
Our Youth & Family Ministry program offers a safe, loving, empowering environment in which children may learn, understand and celebrate Unity principles.
As a community, we are committed to serving youth and their parents. We know that a child who grows up in a loving home and learns the Unity principles early in life, will be able to develop a positive attitude and inner resources to meet all that life presents and to unfold their inborn gifts, manifest their dreams and make a worthy contribution to the world. To facilitate this outcome we offer:
Parenting Support Group—2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00—This group is a chance for parents to share ideas and experiences with other parents while the kids are with a babysitter in the next room.
Sunday Youth Classes at the 10:00 service
Except for the teens and nursery aged, our kids meet in the Montessori school building a little before the service starts at 10. Please sign them in and then join us in the sanctuary!
Nursery—This lovely play area is for our infants and kids up to age 4. Just being able to play in the company of loving caregivers is something the little ones can’t get too much of. They are right next door to the sanctuary so parents can be easily alerted if they are needed.
K-Grade 2—These young children begin to study the Unity principles using stories and art, music and games.
Grades 3-5—Our older elementary kids engage in discussions, express themselves through art and drama, and go on local trips to play together. They are studying Unity Principles, qualities of higher consciousness and world religions and spiritual practices.
Grades 6-8—Our middle schoolers create a strong bond through deep discussions, art and field trips. They are intensively studying Unity Principles, spiritual practices and qualities of higher consciousness and applying them to their real life situations. We encourage them to go to one of the Unity camps and meet Unity kids from our region.
High School—Our teens are stepping into leadership and design their own curriculum with input from an adult mentor. Besides discussions and study, they have bonding activities and the chance to be in service. We encourage them to attend one of the regional teen camps. (They meet in the office outside the sanctuary).
Occasionally we offer activities aimed at family participation. For instance we offered a Christmas Eve service for families: Is Santa Real? We explored Santa as the power of love and giving. Our children read poems, acted in a play and heartily joined in Christmas songs and afterwards shared cookies with Santa.
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.” -Sheryl Mobley
“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