What will our children do in the morning if they do not see us fly? ~Rumi
Call Out the Children
By Myrtle Fillmore
Co-founder of Unity
Our mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be "called out" is to follow the harmonious law of the soul's unfoldment. Who meddles with the rosebud? What fingers are deft enough to pry open that marvel of folded beauty? We are wise enough to leave it alone to follow the glad law of its own unfolding, but our children! Have we dealt as wisely with these buds of marvelous possibilities? Have we always remembered that they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own genius?
Families today can be challenged to carve out time for Sunday services; however, we have a vision of offering support through a program we call "1st Sundays." The first Sunday of each month, FOU member Anya Scarborough presents a spiritual theme for the month. On that Sunday, children ages 3-12 are invited to join in some creative fun around the theme. A second adult helper will support the fun of the exciting and 'magical' activities planned. (Note: Since children in attendance at FoU over the last year have ranged in age from 3 - 18, and parents of teens prefer their children in service, our program is geared to ages 3-12.) Each month we will also have a take-home packet for families, with ideas for study and/or creativity for you to continue through the month.
Unity's Five Basic Principles for Children
- 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 I know. I make a difference.