Children’s Ministry Vision Statement
Unity Presbyterian Church: a nurturing environment where children and their families experience God in all areas of the life of the church and are empowered to live as disciples of Christ.
Our guiding principles:
- We believe that God loves all people and calls us to do the same
- We believe in establishing a Christ centered foundation for children and their families
- We believe that, as followers of Christ, we are always growing, learning and serving
- We believe in fostering relationships that lead to a greater sense of community
- We believe the church is a safe place that is welcoming and inclusive
Children’s Programs on Sunday Mornings
Ages: Infant thru 4 years old
The Unity Nursery provides a safe and loving environment for young children while their parents participate in Worship, Sunday School and select events. We provide nursery during both the 8:45 am and 11:00 am Worship Services and during Sunday School (10:00 am – 10:45 am) on Sunday mornings.
Because we believe that consistency is important for children, we have talented and loving paid Nursery Caregivers present every Sunday. Collectively, they have faithfully served Unity’s children for over 50 years!
The safety of your children is extremely important to us at Unity. Click here to view our Safe Place Policy.
Questions? Contact Nursery@UnityFortMill.org.
Children In Worship
Ages: 4 years old (before Sept 1) thru 1st Grade
After the children’s message during both worship services, children are invited to participate in Children in Worship. CIW is a special place where children can come to encounter God, be still with God, listen to God and nurture their spiritual life. CIW is located in Room M206.
Questions? Contact CIW@UnityFortMill.org.
Ages: 2 years old thru 5th Grade
Sunday school is offered each week for children ages 2 and up at 10:00am and is led by a team of caring adults. We seek to provide a place where children feel they belong and are important to the life of the church. In Sunday school, children learn through Bible stories, games and related activities and experience the love of Jesus Christ so they can share his love with others.
Sunday Night Live Children’s Programs.
What is Sunday Night Live?
Click here for full information regarding this five-week ministry opportunity!
2nd Grade: Worship & Sacraments
Worship & Sacraments is a parent/child class offered during Sunday Night Live each fall. Children are invited to bring a parent for this class and will participate in interactive activities that expose children to the language of the sanctuary, the structure and meaning behind the parts of worship, and the wonder and mystery of the sacraments of baptism and communion. This class also offers parents many resources to use with their children as they continue to guide their children in actively participating in worship with our family of faith.
3rd Grade: Learning to Use My Bible
“Learning to Use My Bible” is offered during Sunday Night Live each fall and uses interactive activities to help children navigate the Bible by learning about the types of literature in the Bible, finding book, chapter and verse, and exploring how the Bible came to be. Children will be more comfortable using their Bible in worship, Sunday school and at home to read the stories of our faith and grow in discipleship after participating in this program.
4th & 5th Grade: Growing Christians: “GC’s”
The “GC’s” program is offered during Sunday Night Live each Fall and Spring to our children who attend a variety of elementary schools in the Fort Mill / Indian Land area as well as some private schools so your child will know someone and make new friends!
Focusing on building strong relationships with Christ at the center, GC’s will build strong relationships with our church neighbors through mission and service and with each other through faith and fellowship.
Summer Opportunities for Children & Families
Vacation Bible School:
2020 “Take Out” Experience
Ages: Rising 4k – 5th Grade
Each Summer, Unity hosts a Vacation Bible School to bring children together for a four day event filled with storytelling, games, crafts and activities all designed to provide an interactive environment to learn about God. Children at VBS make new friends and build relationships with those in our church community.
Click here for more information.
Growing in Faith Together
August 5 thru 7, 2020 @ 9am – 12pm
Ages: 4 – elementary school
GrandsCamp provides a unique opportunity for intergenerational ministry. Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy time together learning about and exploring what it means to be a steward. This camp is a wonderful way to explore the gifts God has given each of us and how we can share our gifts with the world through games, crafts, stories and more.
Click here for information.
Ages: Rising 3rd – 6th Grader
Cancelled for Summer 2020
Unity takes a group to PASSPORT kids! Camp at the Montreat Conference Center in July each summer for a fun-filled four day, three night camp. We stay in hotel style lodging at the conference center. Watch the video below for more information about camp!
We believe in celebrating each new baby at Unity. Our New Baby Welcoming Team welcomes new babies by delivering a rose and a special gift to the new parents. We also coordinate with the Food Teams to provide a meal for the family when a new baby arrives.
Safe Place Policy
Unity is a Safe Place for all of God’s children. Anyone interested in volunteering with children and youth at Unity is required to complete a Volunteer application, which authorizes us to complete a background check, and to attend Safe Place Training. Click here for more information.