Y.E.S. (Young Enlightened Spirits)

Our intention is to provide a safe and loving environment in which to play, listen and interact, remembering that we are all connected, able to release our difficulties, to express our love, and to bless each other with the Divine spark that we are.

The Children’s Program at Unity North Spiritual Center includes children from four years old to our Uniteen program of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We divide the children into three classrooms with three grades or ages in each room. Our mission is to support, guide and instruct these inquisitive young people in living a life that is informed by our connection to Spirit - that place of Love and Light that dwells within us and surrounds us. Our lessons are grounded in Unity principles, and all our activities are created to inspire interest in and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world.

Our volunteer teachers are led by Brenda McNallan, a licensed teacher with 32 years of experience in the public school system, much of it in the area of special education. During a typical Sunday morning, the teachers are in their rooms and ready to greet children and their parents at 10:45 a.m. At 11:00, the children gather in front of the altar to participate in a 20-minute service led by Will Hale, Brenda McNallan, and the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Parents are also invited to participate in the children’s service. After the service, the children return with their teachers to their classrooms and discuss the lesson and engage in teacher-led activities appropriate to their developmental level.

Our curriculum is developed and written by Unity teachers for the youth of Unity. This year we are using the “Harry Potter” curriculum and “The Twelve Powers”. In the past we have used curricula such as “Children on the Quest” and “Celebrating My God Self.” Unity has also developed units of study from children’s stories such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Nemo and “Unity’s 5 Basic Principles.” The lessons take these popular books and interpret them in a metaphysical and symbolic manner, addressing our connection with Spirit and our own higher consciousness. These are very fun lessons where the children create their own yellow-brick roads and, in the case of Harry Potter, wands also, as recognition of our power to banish the fears that plague us, just as Ron did when he was confronted with a giant spider during a lesson at Hogwarts.

Brenda McNallan is available to discuss the program and the current curriculum with parents before and after the service and over the phone.