Youth and Family Mission Statement

Unity North Atlanta Youth and Family Ministry empowers every child and teen to live to their divine potential by celebrating their innate love, wisdom and creativity. We teach Unity Spiritual Principles in a God-centered, joyful, loving, respectful and safe environment.

Unikids – Infants through 5th grade

  • 11:15 am Sunday – lower level of Sanctuary

Uniteens – Teens in Middle School

  • 11:15 am Sunday – lower level of  the Admin Building

Youth of Unity – Teens in High School

  • 11:15 am Sunday – lower level of the Admin Building
  • 7:00 pm Wednesday – lower level of the Admin Building

Purpose

  • To provide each child the opportunity to discover, explore, and nurture a personal relationship with the presence of God within themselves and others.
  • To guide each child on an inward journey to find the creative power of God that lies in the center of their heart.
  • To empower a sense of Spiritual responsibility.
  • To instill a prayerful consciousness of acceptance and oneness with all people.

Tools

  • Through bible, story, and other sacred texts we teach the truth that every person has intrinsic value and is a beautiful/unique expression of the One!
  • Through sharing Unity principles we create conversations that every one of us has the ability to change our lives through our thoughts and feelings.
  • Through service we teach oneness with all people.
  • Through Prayer and meditation we access God.
  • Through gratitude we create a better world.

Peace Pole (2)

Our Peace Pole—built and maintained by the children of Unity North

Meet Our Children’s Coordinators

Richard Burdick

Rev. Richard Burdick

Youth Minister

Lisa Vail

Lisa Vail

Unikids Coordinator


Children through 5th Grade

Sundays at 11:15 on the lower level of the church
Suzie Burdick

Suzie Burdick

Uniteens Coordinator


Children in grades 6 through 8

Sundays at 11:15 in the lower level of the Administration Building

John Glasgow

Youth of Unity Coordinator


Teens in High School

Sundays at 11:15 in the lower level of Administration Building, also meets Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm

Susan Clancy

Youth of Unity Coordinator


Teens in High School

Sundays at 11:15 in the lower level of Administration Building, also meets Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm

Sundays at Unikids!

Learning Through Discovery

11:15 Service – Full Program Infants to 5th Grade

Supervised by a Program Director with paid Nursery and Pre-K Assistants and volunteers, classes are divided by age. Careful consideration is given to the selection/creation of lessons for our children.

Our guides help kids see the relevance of what they learn in their own lives with:

  • Exciting Unity-based education featuring fun and friendship!
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in each age group
  • Awareness of, respect for, and celebration of human diversity
  • Active involvement of our children/youth as co-creators
  • Variety of teaching techniques, curricula and activities
  • Hands-on experiences to promote learning through discovery

Nursery and Toddlers

Kids in masksOur babies and toddlers are supervised by a staff member and volunteers who nurture, comfort and love our little ones. We follow parent guidelines for special care as needed.

If a child is inconsolable for 10 minutes consecutively, we contact parents/responsible adult via cell phone, as per check-in procedures.

Unikids Program (Pre-K through 5th Grade)

All our lessons are an extension of the Five Basic Unity Principles:

  • 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!

We honor Jesus, the Buddha and many other master teachers and inspiring role models from the different faith traditions.  Our lessons utilize a variety of learning techniques, such as crafting, role-play, song, movement, games, immersive experiences and prayer/meditation sessions to fully engage the children and help them receive that day’s message most fully.   Service projects are also an integral part of our Unikids program, as we believe experiencing the joy of service and “being in the flow” will create lifelong givers and compassionate human beings.

Uniteens

Middle Schoolers  –  6th through 8th Grade

uniteens3If you are a middle schooler, we will be so happy to have you come and join in the fun we have in Uniteens.   We gather downstairs in the “teen center”  on Sundays starting at 11:00 am for fun activities and then start our class about 11:25 am.  We have a great time and learn how Unity Principles help us make great choices in our lives so we are less stressed, more loving and lovable, and able to cope with “life” as we experience it!

We will do our best to help you feel welcome and a part of our group.  We know for some of you it’s a bit scary to come to a new place, but I promise, you will have a great time, meet new friends, and even learn some tools to help you create your best life possible!  In Uniteens you are accepted for who you are and loved for the unique way you shine your God light!

The Uniteens have 3 retreats a year where we connect with other Uniteens from all over the region.  Two of them, winter and fall, are held at Camp Weed in Live Oak, Florida.  The summer retreat is hosted by one of the area churches.

Directions

We meet downstairs in the Administration Building.  Go in the front door, walk straight ahead, turn left and there is a door you open to the stairs that take you down to the lower level.  At the bottom, turn right and we are the room at the end of the hall. Suzie Burdick, Uniteen Coordinator (678) 620-3355  or e-mail Suzie Burdick

Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.)

Teens in High School

Can you imagine how your life might have been better had you discovered Unity when you were young?

Well – you don’t have to imagine it.  Just look at our teens – at our Youth of Unity – to see what it might have been like. You might have grown up with a feeling of total love and unconditional acceptance at a time of life when judgment can be harsh and approval hard to come by.  You will see a group of young people dancing their way through the sometimes unbearably awkward and demanding high school years. You will see young people who practice meditation while searching for a sense of spirit within. Young people who don’t know the meaning of “fear” or “loathing.” You will see teenagers ready to step unfettered into whatever the next stage of life might bring – aware of their own divinity, tolerant of others and, perhaps especially, accepting of themselves as well.

Sunday morning at 11:15 am

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm

Email John Glasgow