Youth Education Survey for Parents and Grandparents
Until it’s safe for our boys and girls to return to “normal” Sunday church activities, we are considering offering some creative virtual lessons and follow-up activities for the kids. If you would be interested, we would like your input on the following survey:
Appropriate and fun spiritual education and fellowship for all ages!
First Unity Church offers a full Sunday School for nursery through high-school-aged children during our 10:30 a.m. service. We have four classes, for students from age two years to 17 years old. On Sunday mornings, we first do a combined assembly of all the classes before breaking into groups; the classes are divided by age and grade.
We looked for the Powers within us and discussed each at length, including: Zeal, Order, Love, Strength, Faith, Power, Judgment, Imagination, Release, Will, Life and Understanding.
Currently, we are going through a workbook called The God in Me. Children from 6 to 11 can earn a badge or a pin if they are in scouts. Those who aren’t in scouts can earn a Unity emblem. And a curriculum called “The Road to Oz” based on the Wizard of Oz.
Within the past year or so, the Sunday School has done several service projects. We collected money from our weekly love offering and from the generous congregants. Each Christmas we collect toiletries for area children and families, and each school year have provide school supplies to kids in the Court system and immigrant children.
Visitors are always welcome!
First Unity Sunday School Staff
Denise Halbert-Raggio is the Director of First Unity’s Youth Ministry. She has been part of the Unity Family for 17 years. She loves working with the kids, Glenda and Cindy. Her background includes hospitality, and she is an avid reader.
Sunday School teacher Glenda Gebhardt has been in Girl Scout Leadership for over 35 years. Glenda is a nurse and a tireless volunteer.
Sunday School teacher Cindy Gibbs has been part of the First Unity Sunday School since her family came to the church in 1999. Cindy has a PhD. In Education and certification in English as a Second Language. She volunteered with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Concordia Turners. Currently works at Long International Middle School with refugee children.
Purpose Statement for First Unity’s Youth Education
We are accepting, inquisitive, and creative. We are here to learn and grow spiritually, support one another, and serve the community.
Unity’s Five Basic Principles for Children
- 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 I know. I make a difference.
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?