Youth and Family Ministry

WELCOME, FAMILIES!
Unity In Marin places a very high priority on children and families. Many events provide good opportunities for different generations to interact, and the Youth and Family Ministry programs are very well supported by the community.
Please help us to grow by visiting and liking our Youth and Family Ministry Facebook Page!

OUR VISION
We foster an awareness in the children of Spirit/God as present in everyone and everything, especially within themselves. We encourage the understanding and use of Unity’s five principles, so that they have an on going connection with Spirit in their lives.

OUR MISSION
1. Create a calm, peaceful, and inspiring environment in which every child feels cared for and loved.  
2. Develop skills and practices which encourage children to live a spiritually centered life.
3. Empower children to grow into young adults with a greater self awareness to make positive life choices.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Our Youth and Family Ministry is pleased to have the leadership of the dynamic team of Rev. Pat Palmer, as our new Youth and Family Minister Director and Cindy Hall, as our Assistant to the Director. How blessed we are to have their direction and dedication in supporting the many children of Unity In Marin. We are so grateful for their vision in helping our Youth Program evolve and grow!

PAT PALMER - Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Phone: 415-305-4250
Email: everevolving@earthlink.net

CINDY HALL - Assistant to the Director
Phone: (415) 858-8606
Email: chall_lmt@comcast.net

OVERVIEW OF PROCEDURES… During the first service (9:30) in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, classes are offered for the children in Unity Hall.  Parents stop by the Family Table to sign the children in each week by 9:15 and hear about announcements or upcoming events.  Signing your child in each week is an important task for every parent to do. It is also a good time to ask questions, discuss things about the kids or the classes and make connections together.  The children help begin the service in the Sanctuary by leading everyone in a Prayer and the song “This Little Light of Mine.”  Then they go to their classes with the teachers.  Music and art are incorporated into the program. We also create opportunities for the older and younger to interact and learn from each other.  They stay in class until signed out, usually about 10:45. Signing out your child each week is an important way to reconnect with your teacher and see how the morning went for your child.

NEW FAMILIES… We look forward to greeting all newcomers into our program. New families are encouraged to stop by any Sunday by 9:15 and talk to the greater at the Family Ministry Sign in table. Here you will learn about our program and meet the teacher of your child’s classroom. If a child feels uneasy about separating from his/her parent, we have a family room located at the back of the sanctuary with a few toys and chairs. Here your child can get comfortable and you can hear the service! In time, when your child feels ready, we will welcome him/her with open arms in one of our many classrooms. Make sure to connect with a teacher or any Unity member during fellowship after the service. Here we have drinks and snacks for you and your child and it is here that any questions can be answered.

REGISTRATION… We have a new registration form so all existing families and new families will be required to fill one out FOR EACH CHILD and turn it into our director, Pat Palmer. This form is an important tool for the Unity In Marin education staff to get to know your child on a deeper level.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Parents at Unity In Marin are encouraged to participate in monthly volunteer opportunities and are asked to find a parent to replace them if they are unable to keep their designated time slot each month. Having parents in the classrooms allows familiarity with Unity’s spiritual education and lets everyone get to know the teachers.  Parent meetings are held often to encourage community, to provide feedback and to have fun!!  Every family benefits from many opportunities for talking about what is important in life, and the spiritual community can be that avenue in the midst of the busy-ness of everyday life.