Sunday morning experience

photo of children's classThe USC children's experience

Our nursery program is available during both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services each week

Our spiritual education for children is available during the 11:00 a.m. service on the second through the fifth Sunday of each month. 

The first Sunday of every month is a multigenerational service, and the children are invited into Unity Hall with their families. 

Our Sunday morning experience begins with all the children gathering in an opening circle. Parents are also invited to this opening circle, which lasts for about 15 minutes. Then the parents return to the Sunday service and the children are led to their individual classrooms by their teachers.

Included in the opening circle are affirmations, joy songs led by the YOU (Youth of Unity), prayer, and love offering.

During our Sunday morning experience, we use A Living Curriculum in our Lesson Format.

Our teachers will work with parents to determine the developmentally appropriate classroom for each child in our program.

 

A Living Curriculum

The vision of A Living Curriculum:

  • To empower 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
  • To empower facilitators to see education as a process through which they model how to live according to spiritual principles and effectively support the unfolding of the child's spiritual nature
  • To empower a spiritual community to function with unity in diversity

Five-point checklist of A Living Curriculum:

  • Identification: Presentation of the issue to be explored
  • The Vehicle: A story, movie passage or experiential activity used to introduce the issue or theme in a way that helps the students connect with it
  • Exploration: Use of a questioning strategy that encourages students to explore the issue or theme and find its relevance to their lives
  • Creative Experience: Use of open-ended interactive activities intended to encourage students to express the parts of the story that have meaning to them and to awaken it in their hearts
  • Sharing: Allowing time for the children to state what the lesson meant to them

 

Sunday morning lesson format

 

Sacred circle: A time of community building, reconnection, celebration and prayer

Story sharing: A story is used to create common ground among the students

Discussion: Use of a questioning strategy to encourage students to explore the story and discover how it reflects Unity principles and relates to their life issues

Creative experience: Through creative expression, each child explores the ideas and concepts shared in the group

Sharing: A time of sharing and talking about their experience

Closing: A time to help the children find completion with the lessons, share what they have experienced, and create a bridge to the next week