Religious Education for Children & Youth
Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte’s Religious Education Program for Children and Youth!
The mission of our CYRE program is to prepare our children for a lifetime of spiritual and ethical growth by teaching them the Unitarian Universalist principles and sources, exposing them to other faiths, providing experiences of a spiritual nature, and encouraging in them a questioning attitude.
For details on the curriculum used in each of our classes, please read the Program Prospectus or review the "Sunday Classes" page (see the box to the left).
Register Below for our 2013-14 CYRE Program
While our program doesn't begin until September 8, please help us plan by registering before that date by clicking here. If you prefer to register with a paper copy, please drop by the CYRE office.
Mark Your Calendars for These Events!
Saturday, Nov 23 "A Community of people who care about each other" - 3:30pm Craft-Making Party for children; 5:00pm Worship Service for All Ages; 5:45pm Potluck. Click here for more information on these Caring Activities.
Saturday, Dec. 14 Snacks with Santa: Click here for the 2013 Event Flyer.
Saturday, Jan. 25 Luna Rising: A Celebration of Womyn and Girls 2014. Click here for the 2013 Video Collage and here for the 2014 Event Flyer
Weekly Class Summaries
Each Sunday, summaries of what the children did that day in Religious Education are handed out to parents of Preschool and Elementary-aged children. These summaries are intended to provide insight for parents about what the children are learning and to facilitate further exploration of topics and stories while they are fresh in the children's minds. In addition to the paper copies, the summaries are available by clicking one of these links: 3s & 4s SpiritPlay, K-1st Grade SpiritPlay, 9:15 2nd-6th Grade Elementary, 11:15 2nd & 3rd Grade Elementary, 11:15 4th & 5th Grade Elementary.
Our Whole Lives Registration Forms
The Parent Orientation for the two Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes offered this year will be held Sunday, November 17 at 1:30pm. While the Orientation is mandatory for parents of 8th graders, parents of children eligible for the K-2nd class are not required to attend. Registration forms can be downloaded here or picked up at the Orientation:
Junior High (8th/9th) Early Elementary (K-2nd)
Child and Youth Protection Program
A comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and rules is in place to guide all activities within the church involving children and youth. When this safety program was updated in 2009, short summary documents were prepared for each "area of interest." This allows interested persons to focus on those areas impacting them or their children. These can be downloaded off the "Resources for Parents" CYRE page: all_cyre_resources
When You Come to Visit
If you have never attended, please come by the CYRE office 15-20 minutes early and we'll help you find your children's classrooms. If you wish to have a more in-depth conversation with the Director, please schedule an appointment, as Sunday mornings are quite hectic.
Children are welcome to join their parents in a worship service at any time, although it should be noted that most services are not designed with young children in mind.
All parents, visitors and members, should read the "Where Do the Children Go?" signs posted each week outside the RE wing as class locations sometimes change for special visits, projects, services, etc.
We ask that after three visits, parents register their children so that we can better communicate with you. There is no fee, nor do you have to be a member of the congregation.