Unity of Roanoke Valley welcomes our new YFM Director, Dawn Rees-Blakeman!
Welcome to Unity of Roanoke Valley’s Youth and Family Ministry!
We provide a warm environment of love and acceptance where our children grow in self-esteem, self-respect, and an awareness of the divinity within them.
We regard teaching as the process of helping children discover the Truth that lies within. Through the use of art, music, games, stories, reading, meditation, and prayer, our children learn the basic teachings of Unity in an atmosphere that encourages self-discovery, God-discovery, and compassion for all living things.
Our Vision: We are loving, peaceful children of God and we are here to learn and grow together!
Sunday School: During our 11:00 am service we offer a full youth program for children from birth through high school. Our classrooms are divided into the following age groups:
Birth – age 2 UNIBABES
Ages 3-4 year old UNITOTS
Kindergarten – first grade UNITIKES
Second through fifth grade UNISPIRITS
Middle school: sixth – eighth grade UNITEENS
High school: ninth – twelfth grade Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.)
Our Teachers: Unity of Roanoke Valley has a loving and well-trained youth staff. We call upon the highest and the best within ourselves to love all children, to recognize and seize the opportunity to be a positive example for our youth. In order to provide our children with a safe and spiritually rich experience, our teachers meet the following requirements:
• Complete application
• Background check
• Attend local training provided quarterly
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.
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?
Unity in the Heart of Teens
The International Youth of Unity (YOU) gathered at Unity Village, Missouri in July 2013, and a group made this video, which interpreted Unity’s teachings in a clever, unique way.