Unity of Blairsville is very pleased and excited to share with you and your family a dynamic youth ministry, founded in Unity principles. We provide a warm environment of love and acceptance, where our children grow in self-esteem, self-respect and an awareness of the divinity within them. We regard teaching as the process of helping children discover the Truth that lies within. Through the use of art, music, games, stories, reading, meditation and prayer, our children learn the basic teachings of Unity in an atmosphere that encourages self-discovery, God-discovery and compassion for all living things.
The Five Basic Unity Principles
•There is only one Presence and one Power active in the universe and in my life, God the good.
•Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ.
•We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
•Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
•Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the Truth that we know.
Sunday Children’s Church
While adults attend Sunday morning worship services, the children participate in an informal “service” of their own that includes a lesson, play, laughter and prayer.
Classes begin by inviting the children into Sacred Circle. The circle represents our spiritual wholeness and equality in our community. In this circle, we light the Christ candle and offer a prayer of gratitude for the day, as well as prayers of well-being for others. Each child is encouraged to speak their name into the circle and be affirmed by the group: “(Name of child), I behold the Christ in you.”
After a love offering is taken, the teacher presents the theme for the day. Each lesson is found in our sacred writings or Unity principles, and is based on a Truth principle that is explored through “wonder” questions (open-ended) and active play (art, drama, creating, thinking, etc.).
The classroom environment is structured to allow the children to express and explore their understanding of the lesson, and how it impacts their daily lives.
Class ends up with clean-up and a return to the Sacred Circle for group-building activities and a closing prayer.
Classrooms are divided by grade level, enabling children to grow up with a spiritual community of like-minded peers who can support one another through age-appropriate choices, experiences and positive peer pressure.
Our Teachers and Assistants:
Unity of Blairsville youth leaders share these Unity principles through curriculum, student activities, lively discussions, music, meditation, art, prayer, drama, and practical life experiences. We call upon the highest and the best within ourselves to love all children, to recognize and seize the opportunity to be a positive example for our youth. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to share this spiritual consciousness with your family.
RESOURCES for PARENTS
Good parenting doesn’t happen by default. It is intentional. It is a decision about who you will be and what you will do in your family life.
The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, Phd.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
Every child is a thought in the mind of God, and our task is to recognize this thought and help it toward completion.
~Eberhard Arnold (1883 -1935)
Youth & Family Coordinator