Youth & Family

 

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.

  • The Nursery is located off the atrium and is open from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Sunday.
  • Preschool through First Grade meets at 10 a.m. starting in Room 7.
  • Second to Fifth Grade  meets at 10 a.m. starting in Room 7.
  • Uniteens is the middle school group that meets at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room.
  • Youth of Unity (YOU) is the high school group that meets in Room 11.
  • Because it's important the children realize they are a part of the congregation, we offer periodic opportunities for the children to be part of various ministries and services.
  • Starting June 24, all youth classes will be held at 10 a.m.
  • Many volunteer opportunities are available for congregants who would like to make a difference working with children.

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

Also, find out the latest photos of the kids and other goings-on posted on our Unity of Fairfax YFM Facebook page.

 

 

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

Nursery

Nursery (children ages 0-3years)

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 Nursery Photo Gallery.

Preschool to First Grade

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 Preschool to First Grade Photo Gallery

Second to Fifth Grade

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 Second to Fifth Grade Photo Gallery.

Uniteens

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 principles.so 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.

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 YOU Photo Gallery.

 

Special Events

UofF offers Family Friendly Events throughout the year.  Gingerbread House Decorating, visits with the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause, Easter Egg Hunts, Youth Variety Show, visits from animal rescue groups and earth care 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:

youthandfamily@unityoffairfax.org
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:

youthandfamily@unityoffairfax.org
703-281-1767 x7008

   

Last updated on May 21, 2018