Hello, and welcome to our Youth & Family Ministry! Here at Unity Church of the Hills (UCOH), we honor each child and their family members as expressions of the Christ within. Our children and teens are such an important part of our spiritual family at Unity Church of the Hills. We invite you and your children to visit us and experience all that we have to offer.
Each Sunday our classrooms are full of children and teens exploring Unity principles and teachings in a fun, engaging, safe and interactive environment.
Each classroom is staffed by a team of loving and dedicated volunteers who enthusiastically guide our youth through their own personal discovery of their relationship with God and how that power can have a wonderful impact on their lives.
I am constantly amazed by the spiritual insight of our children and teens! I am richly blessed and truly grateful for the opportunity to work here at UCOH, supporting the spiritual growth of our young people.
In Loving Service,
Director of Youth & Family Ministry
Youth & Family Vision Statement
Our children and their families live from a fundamental awareness of God’s indwelling presence and unconditional love. We learn to recognize the Divinity in all of life.
Unity focuses on the practical application of the teachings of Jesus Christ, our Master Teacher.
Unity’s Core Beliefs
Five Basic Unity Principles (worded for children and teens)
- God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
- I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
- I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
- I do and give my best by living the Truth that I know. I make a difference!
Unity provides a strong spiritual foundation for children’s lives. Unity:
- Beholds all children as whole and perfect expressions of God
- Empowers children to fulfill their divine potential
- Teaches children to meditate and pray
- Invites children to experience a loving God
Youth and Family Ministry Forms
Offered Sundays at 9:25 and 11:25 AM
We honor your child’s adventure in growing by providing a well-rounded spiritual curriculum designed to reach each child’s age and level of understanding. Classes meet on Sunday mornings during the Adult Services. At the end of each Service, the children and teens join the adults in the Sanctuary to receive a blessing from the congregation, followed by the closing song.
Unity has been described as a “way of living.” Teachers assist children in developing values and learning how to apply these ideas in their daily lives. Parental modeling reinforces “living in principle” for children.
The lessons each Sunday focus on reinforcing the idea that God is within us, around us, everywhere present and that we are loved unconditionally. We also begin to establish a basic understanding of the Bible and how the stories in the Bible reflect Unity Principles. Other sacred writings and contemporary children’s stories are also used. The children are encouraged to connect with their inner wisdom and to live the Truth they know.
A combined music assembly is held for toddlers through second grade at the end of class time in Room 135. These assemblies are led by a live guitarist or pianist while children sing along to positive uplifting songs. Classes then line up to go into the Sanctuary.
Unity Curriculum Features
- Are grounded in Unity principles and concepts.
- Provide choices within the lessons.
- Include prayers and meditations.
- Use effective questioning strategies.
- Address multiple learning styles of the children and teens so all can participate.
- Provide lively creative experiences that directly relate to the discussion and help deepen learning.
Age Groups & Classrooms
We provide complimentary childcare in Room 135 on Sunday mornings before, between and after our Services at the following times:
- Earlybird childcare is offered at 8:45-9:15 AM
- Between-service childcare is at 10:45-11:15 AM
- After-service childcare is held at 12:45-1:15 AM
Childcare is provided by trained certified staff who lovingly care for and playfully interact with your children. This gives parents an opportunity to attend volunteer team meetings, browse the bookstore, or enjoy the adult fellowship of our spiritual family.
Childcare for Activities & Events
We also provide Childcare for certain special events and holiday services, as well as during the week when requested. Please review the Childcare Program.
We support families by providing a variety of family-friendly activities and events, parenting classes, and workshops to strengthen the connection of the family unit and in community to other families. Divine Inspiration works through us to create a nurturing and supportive environment for parents and children through spiritual activities, wholesome recreation and service to others.
Sacred safety helps create an environment where young people can explore their spiritual identity and potential without threat of harm. It includes the resources, practices, policies and procedures that reduce the possibility of dangerous situations, injury or loss. Click here to read more about Sacred Safety.
A Living Curriculum
A Living Curriculum is an approach or philosophy which affirms 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 uses 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.
To assist in creating a meaningful, effective experience or lesson using the Living Curriculum philosophy, the following process is used:
The Issue – What is the issue, theme or principle that is to be explored? An intention is created for each lesson that will assist the children and teens in engaging both their head and their heart.
The Vehicle – The vehicle (story, video clip, song, poem, life experience, etc.) is the experience that creates the common ground so that everyone present can feel a connection to the lesson intention.
Creating common ground also helps the group to bond and to know that they are not the only one to experience such life issues.
The Discussion – The discussion is the heart of each lesson. The questions used invite the children and teens to see how the issue is happening to the characters in the story, how it is happening in their lives and in the world around them. This helps them come to their own conclusions as to how to experience life from a deeper, more connected place.
The Creative Experience – The creative experiences are open ended activities that invite the children and teens to play in what they have heard and shared and to explore how it is relevant to their lives.