Youth and Family Ministries
Youth Education Director: Savana Wheatley
Savana has been a kid for most of her 64 years. Professionally, she has owned and run many businesses. She has a wide range of interests and talents and can usually keep the Unity kids interested while their parents enjoy the service. She has taught preschoolers and cared for special needs kids and raised up 3 kids. A lifetime of yoga and meditation grounds her and gives her calm.
Savana has been attending Unity for most of her adult life, in Atlanta and California and now in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her main priority with the youth of Unity is that they enjoy coming to Unity and with Unity's Five Guiding Principles as their guide, they practice kindness and respect with one another. Each Sunday we begin with sacred circle, prayer, talking about our week and then an art project and a game or free time, encouraging the Divine potential in each individual to grow and expand.
About our Youth Ed:
Unity of The Blue Ridge is committed to providing an accepting, safe, and family-friendly environment where children and youth can express and explore their spiritual nature. This spiritual program engages and inspires all ages by inviting the Divine potential in each individual to grow and expand. Age appropriate learning and exploring spirituality through various methods – technology, theater, music, and an imagination station. Fun!
Five Basic Unity Principles
• 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 that I know. I make a difference!
Our nursery is a warm, safe, enriching space for infant to toddler little ones.
UniTots: Preschool (Ages 3-5):
These children like to try things for themselves. They may be silly, loud, active and social. The children are learning that God is everywhere, always and loves us unconditionally.
UniKids: Elementary (Ages 6 to 10):
At this age, children are starting to build relationships with other children and adults. They like to move around and are learning to read and write. They understand stories literally rather than in abstract thinking.
Uniteens (Ages 11 to 13):
This is a newly forming group.
Y.O.U. (Ages 14 to 18):
They are learning to co-create their own journey in life using Unity Principles to develop a deeper understanding of their daily life. They support and share with each other and connect with regional and international groups.
This program for high school students is the culmination of Unity youth spiritual education. It is a special, peer-driven, Unity-structured support group for teens during the critical high school years.