Youth & Family 2017-06-29T08:59:00+00:00

We are dedicated to our most precious resource – the children.

We honor each child and family as an expression of the Divine within. Every Sunday, our Soul School is full of children and teens exploring the loving and practical principles of Unity through the metaphysical teachings of the many religious traditions, including the Bible, Unity curriculum, and like-minded spiritual resources. A Living Curriculum of engaging lessons, along with our staff and loving volunteers, help support their spiritual growth, physical and emotional health, and positive self-esteem, all while having fun!

Children's Sunday Services

Our weekly youth programs are offered concurrently with regular Sunday services, starting at 10:30 am.

Alysa Choquette, Director Youth & Family Ministry

I look forward to meeting all of you and coming alongside your family to help your children discover that they are intrinsically good, utterly unique, and fully capable of expressing their divine selves. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments… And thank you for this opportunity to share in the blessings these youth have to offer!

Sacred Safety

To ensure the safety and well-being of our children, we have adopted the following policies:

  • All parents/guardians are required to sign-in children from age 0 – 8th grade at our Youth Ed table every Sunday. Except for occasional guests, all families must have a registration form on file. This alerts us to any allergies or special needs your child may have.
  • Parents/guardians are required to pick up and sign out their children immediately after services.
  • There will always be a volunteer who has undergone a criminal background check present with your child. Our volunteers receive ongoing support and training.

The Five Unity Principles, as taught to our 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.

0-3 years old, our diapered darlings

Our nursery is the perfect environment for our youngest congregants. While you enjoy the adult service, your little one will receive his or her first introduction into Soul School. The loosely-structured time includes free play along with occasional specials i.e. art, stories, snacks, and a short circle time that can include simple songs affirming God’s goodness in and around us.

 Ages 3 through Kindergarten

Our curriculum is designed to offer your children experiences of themselves as divine beings, with stories, songs, affirmations, creative play and other activities that introduce universal truth principles such as love, kindness, uniqueness, family and oneness.

Ages 1st through 3rd grade, and 4th through 5th grade

UniKids and UniTweens explore the truth principles through Unity’s “Living Curriculum.” We explore spiritual truths found in metaphysical interpretations of the Bible and other resources, and then relate those to the greater community, and finally return to discover a personal meaning for each child. Aside from Bible stories and other resources, we add music, yoga, games with a purpose, prayer, meditation, and positive affirmations to creatively experience these lessons in fun way.  This “Living Curriculum” is designed to provide children with a “spiritual toolbox” that they can use throughout life.  We aim to equip our students with such “tools” as the Five Basic Unity Principles and the ability to look for personal meaning in positive prayer and the teachings of spiritual wayshowers, like Jesus.

Ages 6th through 8th grade

Along with Unity curriculum, some of the material addresses issues that directly affect the pre-teen today. We appreciate that at this age, the youth’s needs are changing and they may like to discuss in more detail how they can identify spiritually-centered solutions to real-world challenges. This is presented in a safe, relevant, practical way, while helping to foster positive self-image, confidence, and faith in the spiritual truths at work in our lives.  UniTeens take on more responsibility within the classroom and our spiritual community through volunteerism and fundraising efforts. They also have the opportunity to attend youth lock-ins and regional retreats.

Youth of Unity, high school ages

The Y.O.U. is a group of teens that come together to learn Unity principles, serve the community, and share supportive, spiritual fellowship.  All Y.O.U. activities are designed to promote of three goals: spiritual enfoldment, service, and spiritual fellowship.  While it is a youth-led group, there are adult sponsors who provide the input and steady guidance.  Aside from lock-ins, campouts, and service events, Y.O.U.’ers have the opportunity to travel to regional rallies and the internationally attended annual Y.O.U. conferences.

Notes for Parents

Please label all bottles, sippy cups, diaper bags, etc. for children under 3 years of age who will be attending our nursery.

Please dress your children comfortably, as they may be participating in circle time, crafts, and games.

Families are asked to allow plenty of time to sign-in youth (up to 5th grade) at the Youth Ed table, located near the main entrance. UniTeens (6th-8th grade) and Y.O.U. (high school) participants may go directly to their classrooms on the main floor, north side, prior to the start of service. Volunteers will be there to welcome them 10 minutes before the start of services.

We invite children through 5th grade to attend the beginning of our Sunday Celebration Services with their families. At approximately 10:40, they and their teachers are called to the front of the sanctuary to exchange blessings with the rest of the congregation before they are taken to their individual classrooms.

Please pick-up your children and UniTeens immediately following service. Older siblings are not permitted to sign them out as part of our Sacred Safety policy. The Y.O.U. dismiss themselves, and UniTeens may also do so with a signed permission slip from parents, found in our parent registration packet.