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Our goal: To build a Youth program that spiritually enriches everyone involved and touches others with love and support.
Youth Ministry Volunteers
Youth and Family Director
Current Rotating Teachers (see bio's at end of this page)
Current Rotating Assistants
Nursery Supervisor - OPEN POSITION
This Volunteer position is currently open as we are building our Youth Ministry.
Ideally this person is someone who has been a long time member of a Unity Center, perhaps trained as a teacher or nurse or social worker or talented parent skilled in explaining concepts to youth, and can have FUN while making it interesting and exciting for the kids.
How to join our youth ministry volunteer team
We envision our classrooms filled with loving volunteers who are dedicated to guiding the children and teens in their individual journey’s of spiritual self discovery. Our teachers and assistants are passionate about Unity principles and the future of our spiirtual center, the Unity movement, and our world.
There are a variety of ways to be of service in youth & family programs. Below is a list of our opportunities.
The Process of Becoming a Classroom Teacher or Assistant
Review the teacher/leader/sponsor responsibilities
Get and Fill out an application and give to the Youth Director
Review the youth and family commitment Form
Schedule an informal interview with Youth Director
Schedule time to shadow current youth and family volunteers with the Youth Director
Must have attended Unity of Lake Norman for at least 3 months
Must practice Unity principles in your daily life
Must be willing to make a 6 month commitment to the program
Must be available to teach a class at least one Sunday a month
Must be willing to undergo a background check (Unitiy pays for this)
Must provide three references
Current openings for classroom teachers and assistants:
All Volunteer positions are currently open as we are building our Youth Ministry.
Nursery (infancts and toddlers through age 2)
UniTots (Children ages 3* to Pre-K)
UniKids (1st - 5th grades)
UniTeens (6th - 8th grades)
- Y.O.U. (9th - 12th grades Y.O.U. = Youth of Unity)
Unity's 5 Basic Principles Languaged 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.
The lessons each Sunday focus on reinforcing the idea that God is within us, around us, everywhere present and that we are loved unconditionally. We also begin to establish a basic understanding of the Bible and how the stories in the Bible reflect Unity Principles. Other sacred writings and contemporary children's stories are also used. The children
are encouraged to connect with their inner wisdom and to live the Truth they know.
A Living Curriculum
A Living Curriculum philosophy was developed by the Association of Unity Centers International and is the philosophy that we will follow here at Unity of Lake Norman. It is not one specific piece of material, but "is a philosophy, a process and a program of spiritual support to assist children, teens, families and the whole spiritual community in successful living. A Living Curriculum is designed to 'draw forth' the Truth mainly through experiences, storytelling and creative expression. Each lesson relates to an issue in a person's life and seeks to facilitate an experience of God connected to their life."
"The vision of A Living Curriculum is to empower children and youth to use their spiritual wisdom to fulfill their soul's purpose; to empower parents to see themselves as the prime spiritual educators of their children and youth; to empower facilitators to see education as a process, through which they effectively support the unfolding of the child's spiritual nature and model the living of the spiritual principles; to empower a spiritual community to function with unity in diversity; to inspire a world educational community by its philosophy, process, programs and products."
A Living Curriculum as used in our programs
The Issue - What is the issue, theme or principle that is to be explored? An intention is created for each lesson that will assist the children and teens in engaging both their head and their heart.
The Vehicle - The vehicle (story, video clip, song, poem, life experience, etc.) is the experience that creates the common ground so that everyone present can feel a connection to the lesson intention. Creating common ground also helps the group to bond and to know that they are not the only one to experience such life issues.
The Discussion - The discussion is the heart of each lesson. The questions used invite the children and teens to see how the issue is happening to the characters in the story, how it is happening in their lives and in the world around them. This helps them come to their own conclusions as to how to experience life from a deeper, more connected place.
The Creative Experience - The creative experiences are open ended activities that invite the children and teens to play in what they have heard and shared and to explore how it is relevant to their lives.
How to join our youth volunteer team
Our classrooms are filled with loving volunteers who are dedicated to guiding the children and teens in their individual journey’s of spiritual self discovery. Our teachers and assistants are passionate about Unity principles and the future of our church, the Unity movement and our world.
There are a variety of ways to be of service in youth & family programs. A Living curriculum is designed to 'draw forth' the Truth mainly through experiences, storytelling and creative expression. Each lesson relates to an issue in a person's life and seeks to facilitate an experience of God connected to their life."
Bio's for youth Volunteers
Whitney Webb is a wife and mom who also works outside the home full time. Her family has been in the Mooresville area for five years and is a foster family with Iredell County. Youth ministry is important to her because she values the principles of Unity and very much wants her children to have a spiritual home and peer group upon which they can continue to build their lives. She looks forward to laughing, learning, and playing with the youth of Unity.