Two sessions of CYRE classes are offered each Sunday, September - May:
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. (3 yr-olds - 6th 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 9 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. Regular paid staff consists of three adults and four teens.
A toddler class for children 18-36 months is offered at 9:15 if there is sufficient interest. Contact RE staff if interested or for more details.
Preschool and Early Elementary—SpiritPlay
9:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 3 year olds - 4 year olds, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
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: 3s & 4s SpiritPlay Summaries, K-1st SpiritPlay Summaries.
Elementary and Middle School
Theme: Unitarian Universalist Identity (Creating Love, Building Leaders, Heeding the Call)
9:15 a.m. 2nd-6th Grades
11:15 a.m. 2nd & 3rd Grades, 4th & 5th Grades, 6th--8th Grades
All of our classes, elementary through high school, will use curriculum developed by the UUA as part of their on-line "Tapestry of Faith" program. Not only can teachers pull their weekly lesson plans directly from that website, but parents have the ability to read the curriculum overview and/or individual lessons to provide them with a better understanding of what their children are learning in class.
The fall focus for our elementary classes will be "creating love." The younger classes will use the curriculum, Love Will Guide Us, while the older classes will use Love Connects Us. The theme changes to "developing leaders" in the spring with the younger classes using Signs of our Faith and the older, Sing to the Power.
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 2nd - 6th Grade, 11:15 2nd & 3rd Grade, 11:15 4th & 5th Grade.
Our middle school youth will focus on social justice and "the other," using the curriculum, Heeding the Call. Heeding "encourages youth to develop qualities like empathy, awareness, and forgiveness that counteract marginalization of other people." In addition to lessons in class, special off- and on-site learning opportunities will be offered to enhance the lessons. This class is also responsible for planning and leading a worship service in the spring.
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 UUA program, A Place of Wholeness. This curriculum was chosen to complement the 2013-14 Coming of Age Program - but will also help COA grads to "dig deeper." It is designed to encourage youth "to look inward for a clearer understanding of their personal faith." Other Sundays will be spent planning: the Senior High worship service in the fall and the Charlotte Con in the winter.