Two sessions of CYRE classes are offered each Sunday, September - May:
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. (3 yr-olds - 8th grade)
11:15 - 12:30 p.m. (3 yr-olds - High School)
Infants and Toddlers
Our congregation provides a fully-staffed nursery for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. In accordance with the church’s Child and Youth Protection Program, there are always at least two caretakers in the nursery with the children.
The new Nursery Information Sheet for Parents should answer all commonly asked questions about our space and staffing.
IMPORTANT: Nursery care has moved from its long-time location in the front office area to the Education Wing effective September 2014. It is now offered in the Emerson Room, formerly used as the RE Preschool classroom.
Preschool and Early Elementary—SpiritPlay
9:15 a.m. 3s/4s/Kindergarden and 11:15 a.m. 3s/4s & Kindergarten/1st
SpiritPlay is a story-based curricular approach, using the Montessori educational philosophy and focusing on our UU principles. To educate new parents on the program, a brochure was created which includes the words to the song - "Love Surrounds Me," the Gandhi Prayer, and the chalice lighting words, all of which are recited each week by the children. Copies of the brochure are available on the table in the RE hall.
Class Summaries are handed out to parents each week. These include a summary of the story used in that day's class, as well as the related Wondering Questions. The purpose of the Weekly Class Summaries is to encourage families to explore the lessons together at home and to provide parents with conversation starters to facilitate this. Copies of previous Summaries are available by clicking one of these links: Young SpiritPlay Summaries, K-1st SpiritPlay Summaries.
Theme: Our Jewish and Christian Heritage
9:15 a.m. 1st-4th Grades
11:15 a.m. 2nd & 3rd Grades, 4th & 5th Grades
Our three elementary classes will focus our Unitarian Universalist religious heritage. Both the Unitarian and the Universalist faith traditions have Christian roots. And, in fact, one of our six UU Sources is "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves." For this reason, and because we feel strongly that our children need to be familiar with the stories that are part of the American culture, we include the study of Bible stories in the thematic rotation of our curricula. (Year 1: UU Heritage; Year 2: World Religions; Year 3: UU Identity; Year 4: Our Jewish and Christian Heritage)
This year, our younger elementary classes will use "Bible Story Pictures Books" and the older elementary, "Bibleodeon". Both of these curricula were developed by Unitarian Universalist authors and both present the Bible stories through a UU lens.
Class Summaries are handed out each week to parents of children attending Elementary RE. The summaries include a description of the topic and/or story explored in that day's class, as well as prompts to inspire further exploration at home. The purpose of the Weekly Class Summaries is to encourage families to talk about the lessons together at home and to provide parents with conversation starters to facilitate this. Copies of previous Summaries are available by clicking one of these links: 9:15 1st-4th, 11:15 2nd & 3rd, 11:15 4th & 5th.
Theme: Our Christian Heritage
9:15 a.m. 5th-8th Grades
11:15 a.m. 6th-8th Grades
Our middle school youth will narrow the focus to our Christian roots. They will use the UUA curriculum, "Neighboring Faiths". Several specific Christian denominations will be chosen to study through interactive lessons, visits to churches, and reflection. A new addition to class will be the inclusion of fun group initiatives each month; these usually physical challenges require group effort to solve, teaching trust, creative thinking, and communication skills.
11:15 a.m. 9th - 12th Grades
With the guidance of the RE Director, activities, classes and projects are agreed upon by the youth and their advisors to meet the six components of comprehensive youth programming: education, leadership development, community outreach, social interaction, worship and youth-adult collaboration.
Sunday mornings this year will include the use of a special curriculum based on the TV series, The Twilight Zone. This 1960s science fiction show gave voice to people who were often at the margins of society. It questioned power and who holds the power, with no group immune to criticism. Viewers were asked to consider who had the power in society, whether power was used to help or oppress others, and how society might empower those who were shut out of power. This curriculum will challenge our youth to consider these same issues.
Other Sundays will be spent planning: the Senior High worship service in the fall and the Charlotte Con in the winter.