Youth & Family

COVID-19 Update

On account of Covid-19, Unity of Fairfax Youth and Family Ministry programs are not currently meeting in person; however, specific pages for each age group are located in closed Facebook groups.  If you would like to request admission, please email Beverly Ellis at

The Unity Eastern Region hosts semi-monthly combined gatherings for Uniteens (grades 6 - 8) and Youth of Unity (grades 9 -12).  These gatherings are a great way for young people to connect with their Unity peers from throughout the region. 

  • Go to Unity Eastern Region Youth and under UPCOMING YFM WEBINARS & EVENTS, click on Unity Youth Online Sacred Sundays for the date you wish to attend.


Youth Program Quick Facts

Our Youth and Family ministry offers many opportunities for children as well as adults who would like to volunteer. Here are a few quick facts – you can jump to details about each item by clicking on the link.

If you have questions, contact Beverly Ellis, Youth and Family Ministry Director,, 703-281-1767 x7008.

Please visit and like YOUTHity Village, the YFM of Unity of Fairfax found at    This will keep you up to date with the YFM happenings at our church.

Youth Ministry Program Guide

Complete details about Unity of Fairfax’s program for youth: download the Youth Ministry Program Guide.


Welcome to Youth and Family at Unity of Fairfax

Our curriculum nurtures and explores the innate wisdom and divine qualities within each child. Our Creative, Energetic, and Loving program helps children learn, share, and celebrate God’s Spirit in each other and in the world. Youth express and explore their spiritual nature in an accepting, safe, family-friendly environment.

Our philosophy affirms spirituality innately resides within everyone and everything. Spirituality isn’t a process of being fed information from the outside but of awakening inner divinity.

Unity has moved past the belief that teachers have all the answers and impart them down to students. We affirm that we are uniquely unfolding on our own individual spiritual paths. We refer to this ‘unfolding of the rose’ philosophy as The Living Curriculum.

The Living Curriculum

Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, believed our mission was not to “entertain the children, but instead, to draw them out.” Unity believes and affirms that what we learn and know already lives within each individual.

We use a curriculum philosophy known as The Living Curriculum. This method offers spiritual support to help all ages develop successful living concepts. It honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each one of us and utilizes storytelling and experiential creative expression to “draw out” the Truth we already know. The curriculum explores spiritual principles and how they operate in our lives.

Five Basic Unity Principles

  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 that I know. I make a difference!

Our Classes


The nursery (children ages 0 – 3 1/2 years), children experience the joys of community and spirituality.

We use movement, stories, songs and hugs in a warm, loving environment.

Click on the link to the UniSprouts Photo Gallery.


Preschool and kindergarten, this wonderful age gives us learners who are active, silly, wiggly, brilliant and receptive.

Not many children this age are proficient readers and writers. You will see this class explore spiritual teachings in a variety of ways suited to the developmental learning style of this age group.

The Five Principles, Metaphysical Laws, the Twelve Powers, and more are explored in using movement, song, humor, stories and much more. Watch out!  You may see parachutes and hula-hoops as the kids explore their spirituality.

Meditation is begun as a class activity starting at this young age.

Click on the link to the Unicorns Photo Gallery


First to second grades.

A new breakout group to accommodate the many younger kids wishing to attend Sunday School.


Third to fifth grades, children in these grade levels are fairly proficient readers and writers. They are also beginning to think more abstractly, moving from the early concrete thinking of their younger years to the abstract thinking they will move into in their teen years.

However, they are still elementary aged children, with a need for movement, stories, and song they enjoyed in the earlier years. These children explore New Thought principles and Unity teachings at greater depth. They look further into the meanings of our teachings and how they apply to the world around them. 

Mediation work continues, and various types of meditations are explored.

Click on the link to the UKnights Photo Gallery.


Uniteens (6th–8th).

The Middle Schoolers take their world and discover how Unity principles and metaphysical laws are everywhere, in everything.

Middle school-aged children are given the opportunity to internalize Unity as to make sense out of the world, their bodies, their life and where they fit in.

Our Uniteen program is an important part of Unity Eastern Region. Each year, in the fall and in the spring, children can participate in a Retreat Weekend for Uniteens up and down the eastern coast. They experience a weekend of metaphysics and wonderful connection that they will carry with them forever.

Click on the link to the Uniteens Photo Gallery.


Y.O.U. (Youth Of Unity) 9th–12th.

The YOU program is the culmination of Unity youth spiritual education. It is a special, peer-driven, Unity-structured support group for teens during the critical high school years. They are learning to co-create their own journey in life using the metaphysical and Unity Principles to develop a deeper understanding of their daily life.

They support and share with each other and connect with regional and international groups. Unity Eastern Region sponsors three Rallies for this age group, three weekend events where Unity high schoolers from up and down the East Coast come together. Teens often describe these events as a high point in their life.

Click on the link to the Y.O.U. Photo Gallery.

Special Events

Unity of Fairfax offers Family Friendly Events throughout the year. Gingerbread House Decorating, visits with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, Easter Egg Hunts, Youth Variety Show, visits from animal rescue groups, and EarthCare activities are examples. More are in the making!

Have an idea or want to help volunteer an event? Contact Beverly Ellis, Director of Youth and Family Ministry:
703-281-1767 x7008

Volunteer Opportunities

Join our Youth & Family Ministry Team and take your spiritual growth & development to a higher level. Make a Difference by Volunteering!  Teaching and non-teaching opportunities available.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Beverly Ellis, Director of Youth and Family Ministry: · 703-281-1767 x7008

Last updated on November 12, 2020