Youth Ministry Weekly Update
Sept. 15, 2018
As the newly revived Youth Ministry Service get's underway, I am committed to updating everyone about the beautiful unfolding of this spiritual enrichment program This week, Sunday 9/15/18, we had a fantastic group featuring a wide range of ages. From 5 yrs to 13 yrs, everyone was engaged and having fun. We had a special visitor bring in the game "Stone Soup" and the youth worked graciously as a team to create a delicious “bowl” of soup. Everyone was equally engaged. The game time highlighted the oneness that is shared even at such young ages.
The lesson of the week featured a story about David, The Shepard and exemplified the ways that we too can care for those we love. Whether a pet or a parent, each young person related being a shepard to their daily journey. The affirmation that we all learned sums up the lesson. "God is love and love is who I am." We talked about feeding our pets, cooking for our parents and playing with our best friends. Everyone was engaged and involved in discussing the ways that we can show up as love in our world.
Next week we will be focusing upon God as the creative energy within and as all things. We have a fun project planned to create a God Can for the adults to use during their service times. We will also begin creating a mission/vision statement for our group.
Please remember that this program needs loving, enthusiastic volunteers in order to remain active. Think about volunteering one Sunday per month and contact Samantha with any questions or to begin completing the forms necessary to begin helping with the Youth Ministry Service. Many Blessings, Samantha
YOUTH MINISTRY OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 19TH 12PM - 2PM
We are pleased to announce that our Youth Ministry Program will begin on September 9, 2018 at 11am. To rev up the excitement, to get to know each other as well as to begin developing a team of concious young leaders and loving volunteers, Unity in the Foothills will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE! Bring your ideas, your enthusiasm and your affirmative thoughts as the new Youth Ministry evolves. There will be games for the children, art projects as well as an opportunity to pick up the Youth Welcome Packet. Join us for our Annual picnic and enjoy fresh salads, hot dogs, hamburgers and many more goodies. Hope to see you all there!
Seminarian Samantha Dennison has gratefully accepted the role as Youth Ministry Director. Samantha is dedicated to nourishing our young people on their spiritual path. She has been an active member of Unity in the Foothills for approx. 7 years and has served in various capacities on the Board of Trustee's, fundraising chair person and more. Currently enrolled in the Ministerial Program through United Metaphysical Churches in Roanoke VA, she is also actively pursuing Unity course-work.
With 4 grandchildren of her own, all being raised up in the love & light of Unity Principles, Samantha is committed to supporting our co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore's vision:
"[Our] mission ... is not to entertain the children but to call them out.... To be 'called out' is to follow the harmonious law of the soul's unfoldment."
At Unity in the Foothills, youth of all ages begin service as part of our larger community and then participate in a comprehensive Youth Service. We utilize “The Living Curriculum” which 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.
Five Basic Unity Principles (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!