During our Sunday Celebration Service at 11 a.m. on the second through last Sundays of every month:
• Nursery is provided for children 1 to 4 years old.
• Sunday school (Uni-Kids) is provided for children 5 to 11 years old.
• Uni-Teens and Youth of Unity provide activities for adolescents 12 to 18 years old.
The first Sunday of each month is a “Family Celebration Service,” which means that all the children are in the sanctuary. This allows them to participate and serve by assisting with parts of the service. We are pleased that our entire congregation is able to worship together. Parents need to sign in children who are attending YFM in the Sanctuary. After the Blessing, the youth will be released to go to YFM. Immediately at the end of service, parents need to pick up children and sign them out at the manse.
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY (YFM)
Director, Natalie Dart
(315) 663-7341 (phone/text)
Natalie has worked with children throughout her life at summer recreation programs in Marcellus, NY. Directed a summer soccer camp for children in grades K-3, coached basketball summer camps at elementary and middle school levels. Volunteers weekly at the Samaritan Center since November 2013. Since last fall she has been taking classes at Unity of Syracuse in Unity Spiritual Education and Enrichment programs and co-leads the NGU (Next Generation Unity). Was a part of NGU's first regional fundraiser in August of 2014 and attended YOU Spring Rally in April in Worton, MD (YMCA camp Tockwogh). She is taking classes at Delphi University in McCaysville, GA studying Metaphysical and Spiritual Education. Teaches Friday morning Gentle Yoga and received her yoga teacher tranining at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA.
Unity’s Five Basic Principles for Children
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 I know. I make a difference.
Call out the Children...
By Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity
Our mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be "called out" is to follow the harmonious law of the soul's unfoldment. Who meddles with the rosebud? What fingers are deft enough to pry open that marvel of folded beauty? We are wise enough to leave it alone to follow the glad law of its own unfolding, but our children! Have we dealt as wisely with these buds of marvelous possibilities? Have we always remembered that they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own genius?
NEWS RESOURCES for PARENTS
and Outreach Project
Bottle Return Fundraiser – Help us protect the earth and raise money for our youth program. Please help support our children in their many activities by bringing in clean returnable bottles and cans in a plastic bag. Drop them off in the tall cardboard box in the kitchen by the stove. Thank you, again, for your support.
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. Your hosts Rev. Jennifer and Ogun Holder want you to experience the “light” side of parenting — realizing your divine identity while raising your children to know they are “the light of God.” Every week we offer insight based upon Unity principles, talk with today’s prominent experts in spiritual parenting, and address your questions and comments from spiritual perspectives.
This program was originally called Spiritual Parenting in Unity and was hosted by Revs. Jennifer Holder and Linda Martella-Whitsett. In August, 2009, Ogun Holder joined Rev. Jennifer Holder as co-host of Unity Family Matters to continue the dialogue about spiritual parenting and expand to other topics important to families.
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