Unity of Dayton’s Youth and Family Ministry provides a space for spiritual exploration during the 11:00 am Sunday Celebration.
- Nursery: children under the age of 3.
- Preschool-Elementary: Ages 3 to 10
- Uniteen – Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity): Ages 11-18
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chase, Associate Minister, using this contact form, or by phone at (937) 233-7516.
We invite you to join our spiritual explorations that take place Sunday mornings in our Youth Family and Family Ministry. We explore our Divine nature, our oneness with God and spiritual principles to live by. Participants are encouraged and supported in discovering what it means to be a beloved child of God. We use a Living Curriculum philosophy to draw out the Truth we each already know. Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity believed “Our mission is not to entertain the children the children, but instead, to draw them out. … they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own genius.”
New Youth Welcome Anytime
Now is the ideal time to join our teen ministry where 11- 18 year olds explore practical spiritual principles that empower them for life. Youth entering 6th grade in the fall of 2018 are moving up into our teen classroom! Join now and get orientated together. New youth are welcome anytime!
Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Sunday
Our youth ministry brings the therapeutic and healing benefits of yoga and mindfulness to our youth. Starting in January 2018 we will be learning basic yoga positions combined with creative and practical mindfulness tools to use in daily life. The pressures of growing up in a fast-paced and “plugged-in” world do not allow our youth the opportunity to slow down observe their growing minds and bodies. With each breath, we will be cultivating a greater sense of well-being.
Eden Foster, a soon to be a certified children’s yoga and mindfulness instructor by the Mirador Yoga and Creativity School will facilitate class. The 2nd Sunday at 11:00 is Yoga and Mindfulness for our pre-school/elementary class. The 4th Sunday at 11:00 is Yoga and Mindfulness for our Uniteens and Y.O.U. (middle school and high school) class. Youth may join these classes at anytime.
Unity Teens Speaking About What Unity Means to Them:
Take a moment to check out this interesting article with Patrick McNamara, former president Y.O.U. chapter at Unity of Independence, MO, about what it means to be a Youth Of Unity: Youth of Unity: My Safe Space to Explore.
Five Basic Unity Principles (for children and teens)
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!
What is the Living Curriculum philosophy?
Myrtle Fillmore believed our mission was not to “entertain the children, but instead, to draw them out.” The Living Curriculum is an approach or philosophy which affirms that the curriculum–that which is to be learned or known–already lives within the adult, child or teen, themselves. It moves us past the belief that teachers have all the answers and need to impart them to the students. Instead, there is a realization that all of us are uniquely unfolding on our spiritual path, having access to the Spirit within.
The Living Curriculum is a process of spiritual support used to assist children, teens, families, and the church community in co-creating successful living. 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 process helps us to explore spiritual principles and to become aware of how the principles operate in our lives.