Youth Ministry

Youth Education Director: Katherine Schuh
Team Members: Katherine Schuh, Phaedra Karoy, & Ms. Braelyn Johnson

Youth Education - Ages 3 to 10

Good winter greetings and blessings to all. I am excited to begin the adventure of 2022. My family closed the year 2021 with our own burning bowl ceremony. We blessed the good, remembered those gone before us, and meditated on releasing any sadness, negativity, fear, or anger held from 2021. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, we set our intentions and wrote a letter to God, to be mailed back to ourselves mid-year. We focused on visions of positivity, strength, peace, and guidance for the New Year. I also want to thank and bless Bernadette, our Minister. She has, these many years at Unity, led our church family through this same ceremony each year.

As I wrote my letter to God, I remembered a quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” It is true that within us we have the spiritual tools we need to live our best life. In the Unity tradition of our 12 spiritual powers, January is the month focused on Faith, and February celebrates Love. I believe that with faith and love we can accomplish even miracles. I hope that if you haven’t yet had a chance to set your New Year intentions you will take the time to do so. Whether acting as an individual, family or group of friends this is a powerful experience to plan and complete. Please include your children. We always held this ceremony in the Youth Ministry classes. The children were so excited to receive their own handwritten Letter from God mid-year.

During my time of New Year reflection, I included visualizing the future of our Unity Church, the place Youth Ministry would have in Unity of Vancouver as it reopens and resumes regular services. The children and teens have always been considered a priority in this ministry and I visualize this continuing. I see familiar and new faces volunteering to create, organize, and implement a program based on Unity Principles that will nurture and challenge the adult volunteers as well as the children who participate. It is an exciting time for all. Until then we will know that “what lies within us” is of great importance and power in creating our lives and daily experiences.

5 Basic Unity Principles That We Teach

1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
2. I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
3. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
5. I do and give my best by living the Truth I know. I make a difference!

“Faith helps me know the good when good cannot be seen.”

“The Love of God enfolds me. I am a beloved child of God.”

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