Youth & Family Ministry
Last week Governor Inslee announced his Executive Order to close all schools in Washington State through at least April 24. We believe that we should also follow this order even if it is only recommended to us at this time. We will not offer a youth program as long as schools are closed. This closure is longer than we originally anticipated, but we fully support protecting the health and safety of our students, families, staff and volunteers.
We are in the planning stages of providing resources for our youth on our website for the time our youth programs cannot be offered in person. Please stay tuned for more info following soon…
Spring Clean FUNDrive:
Feeling ready for some spring cleaning at your household? Anyone who has extra household goods (clothing, shoes, small appliances, accessories) they don’t need anymore, please consider bringing them to Unity of Bellevue March and April 2020. This FUNDrive will benefit our Youth & Family Ministry. Please note that we have extended our FUNDrive through April 2020!
From the Youth and Family Ministry:
We appreciate everyone’s effort and prayers as we move forward in creating something wonderful. Should you have any questions, Sabrina will be available to answer them after the service; you can always e-mail her here.
Meet our Staff
If you have any questions or want more information about the Youth & Family Program, please email us!
Our Youth Program
We know there are many expressions of family life and everyone is welcome in our Youth and Family Program. Every Sunday our classrooms are buzzing with children and teens exploring spiritual principles in a safe and fun environment. Visit the kid’s wing any Sunday morning to learn more.
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
Unity of Bellevue Youth & Family Program welcomes youth of all ages every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
UniTots--Our infant/toddler classroom is filled with wonderful books, toys and loving childcare providers who will nurture and care for our youngest community members. All children ages 0-3 are welcome in this space.
All children ages 3-5 are welcome to participate in a creative, fun and spirit-filled Sunday morning class, geared specifically for this age-group. We'll use our imaginations as we explore God through topics such as love, friendship, family, etc. within the guidelines of Unity's Living Curriculum Philosophy and using Unity's 5 Basic Principles.
UniKids--The elementary-age classrooms (K-5th) provide a magical Sunday morning experience for all children in Kindergarten-5th grade. Through Unity's Living Curriculum Philosophy, the children will explore a wide variety of age appropriate life issues using Unity's 5 Basic Principles, spiritual texts and hands-on activities.
UniTeens--Middle school age students (6th-8th grades) have their own space to meet in each week with dedicated adult volunteers that lead the teens through life-issue based Unity curriculum. All of the curriculum utilizes Unity's Living Curriculum Philosophy, and provides lots of opportunity for social interaction and a safe place to share thoughts and feelings.
Y.O.U.--All high school students (9th-12th grades) are invited to co-create their own journey in life using spiritual texts and Unity principles to develop deeper understanding of their daily life. The teens support and share with each other as well as connect with other teens through regional and international events. Y.O.U. is a special, peer-driven, Unity structured support group for teens during the high school years.
Volunteer and paid staff positions are currently available!
All of the Youth & Family Program staff and volunteers are given lots of support, encouragement and on-going training as they find their right and perfect role with our children and teens. All adults that interact with the youth are background checked and interviewed to ensure a safe Sunday morning experience for all.
If you are interested in a volunteer or staff position within Youth & Family, please contact Sabrina McFadden, Youth & Family Program Director for more information.
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 philosopy, 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.
The Five Basic Unity Principles (Youth version)
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!