Welcome! from Youth & Family Ministry
Youth Ministry is very important to us at Unity of the Oaks. We see our youth - the now generation - as congregants, not solely as children of congregants. Our Youth & Family Ministry offers a program for all ages, babies to High School. All of our teachers have an established history with Unity of the Oaks, and are required to have background checks in order to teach. We meet each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.. During the year we have fun activities outside of church planned for all ages and families. Our middle school and high school groups attend regional events and camps throughout the school year. We also help send our youth in 3rd through 5th grades to the regional Unity Kid's Camp in Wrightwood, CA, a Southwest Unity summer tradition for generations!
Below are some commonly asked questions. If you have any further questions, please do not hestitate to contact Janet Jaso, our Youth & Family Ministry Director, at 805-496-6901.
What ages do you teach? Is there childcare?
We have two Sunday programs each week, in addition to childcare for children under the age of 5, known as UniTots. Our Unikids program is for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Our teen program includes Uniteens, for middle school aged "tweens" and Y.O.U (Youth of Unity), for the High School crowd.
What do you do during the hour? What do you teach?
Each Youth program has a similar order-of-service. We have an opening prayer, a time of sharing, the Daily Word, and offering, a lesson & creative expression, meditation, and closing circle and prayer. The lessons are age-appropriate and come from Unity Worldwide Ministries or, occasionally, from another Unity church. The 5 Basic Unity Principles are woven throughout the material and our time together. A couple of times during the year we have special services in which we hold church outside our building, such as in a park, indoor rock climbing, or mini golf with a Unity lesson woven in. We also have special Youth Sundays in which our youth provide the entire Sunday service for the congregation. Find out more about the curriculum from Unity Worldwide Ministries.
We have been fortunate enough to have volunteers with high levels of education and expertise as teachers for the teens. Examples include a financial planner with an MBA teaching a class on prosperity principles, or a university professor teaching about confident public speaking. Real-life lessons with positive spiritual principles!
What do you teach about Jesus?
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as the Master Teacher of Universal Truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
What happens if my child is upset or cries?
For many children it takes time to feel comfortable in a new environment. Our primary goal is for your child to feel safe. If they should become upset at any time we will attend to their needs immediately. If they continue to be upset, we will come into the sanctuary to get you, so you can be reunited with your child. You are more than welcome to stay with your child in the classroom until they feel comfortable again.
Who do I talk to if I have a question, concern, or comment?
Any of our teachers are more than happy to answer your questions and make you feel at home at Unity of the Oaks. In addition to our teacher volunteers, we have our Youth and Family Ministry Director, Janet Jaso. We are here to work with you and your family in partnership!