Unity of Gainesville Youth & Family Ministry
Where our teachings empower youth to express their divine potential.
We recognize that this may be a frightening time for young children and teens. We invite you to remember that God is with you and God is for you. We are here for the duration of this time of feeling unconnected to each other. But please know that we are, indeed, connected. So reach out if you need us and check out the blog from YFM Director, Helen Vaughn. It's full of ideas to help you and your family get through this time together. Helen will regularly post ideas and suggestions for helping you and your children.
Our Mission is to provide youth and families a loving, inclusive community, inspiring Spiritual growth through service, gratitude, and prayer.
We are SO proud of our youth as they have graduated up from middle school to high school and from elementary school to middle school! This means that some of our youth are moving up from Uniteens to Y.O.U. and some of our UniKids are moving up to Uniteens. Please join us in congratulating ALL of our outstanding youth!
Click here to read the names of the youth and about the Candlelight Uniteen Fly Up Ceremony.
Remember the trip we were planning to take to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center? We may not be able to go right now, but we can participate in some of the wonderful ideas taught by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some things we can all do this month to promote kindness to the Beloved Community.
More fun and interesting things to check out:
Check out the Mother's Day message from YFM Director, Helen Vaughn: Click here
Here is some cool information and links for you as we celebrate Earth Day: Click here
Hey Families! Be sure to watch and listen to Ms. Helen read the Easter Story. Click here
Overview: Unity of Gainesville is a community where youth are guided on a positive path for spiritual living using practical Christianity. Isn't that exactly the kind of place you want to see your children develop? Children and teens are an important part of the Unity family. The goal of this spiritual life center is to create a dynamic and caring environment where young people can safely explore their Christ-nature and express their full potential. Unity of Gainesville provides a safe, supportive, loving environment where youth explore spiritual principles applicable to their daily lives.
We welcome you and your family to our spiritual community and honor your child's uniqueness by providing a well-rounded curriculum. Unity Worldwide Ministries publishes lessons for youth using a Living Curriculum. This philosophy uses experiential creative expression to "draw out" the Truth and Wisdom that already dwells within each child.
Our Youth Ministry Program runs on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the W.E.B. behind the sanctuary at the same time as the adult service. Experienced teachers and volunteers guide youth using Unity principles through story and Biblical explorations, lively discussions, creative expression, games, song, and team-building activities. Join us if you are interested in community SERVICE, SPIRITUAL growth, SKILLS development, and SOCIAL connections.
Come experience the Joy!!!
Unity of Gainesville Youth and Family Ministry Director, Helen Vaughn
Meet the Director - Helen is a retired educator and the mother of an adult son raised on Unity principles. She offers decades of experience working with youth and their parents in educational, recreational, and spiritual settings. She has experience with all school age groups as a counselor and has classroom experience with middle- and high-school youth. She maintains her Educational Specialist certification and is a National Certified Counselor. Helen has been serving youth in the Unity Ministry since 1996 and is a Licensed Unity Teacher and Certified Spiritual Educator. Helen brings her love for children and a passion for creative expression to the Unity of Gainesville Community.
When we look into your eyes,
we see the face of God and know God's love.
May you always see and feel that love reflected in us.
May you know the presence of God is always with you.
Unity parenting messages archived at Unity Online Radio - Unity Family Matters
Youth and Family Mission Statement
Our Mission is to provide youth and families a loving, inclusive community, inspiring Spiritual growth through service, gratitude and prayer.
Sunday Youth Programs begin at 11 AM for Unikids, Uniteens and Youth of Unity, in the W.E.B. building behind the sanctuary. Adults: please bring youth you are responsible for to the W.E.B. between 10:45 and 11 a.m. It’s best for everyone, if we can greet each other and start on time. In good weather, the playground and labyrinth are available before and after services with parental supervision.
Unity of Gainesville’s youth program is filled with love, acceptance, spirituality, fun, games, outreach opportunities and so much more. Our lessons promote life-long qualities that enhance a child’s spiritual and emotional development. These lessons are always an extension of the five unity principles.
Preschoolers to teens explore spirituality, using living curricula based on Unity principles. The living curriculum approach honors the wisdom within each child. It uses questions to draw out the truth one already knows by using stories, science and creative experiences.
Unity teachings empower the youth to honor the Divine Truth at the core of all religions and to celebrate oneness in spirit with nature and humankind.
**In the rare event that a child becomes inconsolable or unmanagable for longer than 10 minutes, we will seek the parents to help resolve the challenge.
Unitots – Age: 1-3 Years
The Nursery Please let us know in advance when nursery services are needed. UOG has a desire to create a safe and loving space in order to build a foundation of trust for the youngest participants by reinforcing love through play, games, song, art and other creative expressions.
Unikids – Age: 4 Years – 5th Grade
Our Unikids explore Unity teachings through the Bible and other key resources with games, arts, crafts, food, drama, and music. They learn that love is unconditional and everywhere present. Because children learn through multiple intelligences, our program is designed to allow all children the opportunity to engage, explore, enjoy, and draw on their inner wisdom.
(combined or separated activity depending on adult supervision)
Uniteens – Age: Middle School— 6th-8th Grade or equivalent
Uniteens come together to learn Unity Principles and how they apply to their lives, to share fellowship in a safe environment, and to be supported in their spiritual growth and development. Uniteens are Truth students seeking to develop self identity during their rapid physical and emotional development. On Sundays, Uniteens meet to explore Truth, and its application in their lives through a meaningful spiritual lesson. Throughout the year there are regional opportunities and service projects. These activities are guided by adult Sponsors and break out sessions when available. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact the church office.
FALL UNITEEN RETREAT
Theme: What Do I Love and Value?
October 16-18, 2020
Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) – Age 9th – 12th Grade
Y.O.U. is comprised of teens in high school, or the equivalent. The purpose of Unity of Gainesville’s Y.O.U. is to unify all young people through leadership and student led organization.
This is accomplished through skill development, service, social and spiritual activities. These teens also have opportunity to attend subregional, regional and international events. These activities are guided by adult Sponsors and break out sessions when available. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact the church office.
July 9-12, 2020 *Online Event
Click here for more information
Youth angels are adult volunteers from the congregation who generously donate their time to fostering spirituality in Unity’s next generation. They receive a background clearance to work with youth. Please contact the church office, if you would like to be apart of this energetic team.