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, March 8
This biannual event is led by our Coming of Age high
school youth. Designed for kids 6-13, it is an evening of
learning, experiencing, and eating. Lots of movement, lots
of personal interactions. It’s difficult to make a discussion
about hunger entertaining – but this event succeeds in doing
that. Come with an open mind. Child care is provided for
children too young to attend (under 5).
Mountain Youth Con(ference)s
Elementary Con: March 14-16 Depart at 3:45pm on Friday; Return 3-4pm on Sunday.
Middle School Con: March 21-23 Departure time TBA; Return 3-4pm on Sunday.
High School Con: April 11-13 Departure time TBA; Return 3-4pm on Sunday.
Coming of Age Retreat,
Fri-Sun, March 28-30
All COA youth are expected to participate in this retreat. Contact Kathleen for details.
Middle School Youth Group Trip to Ranch, Sun, April 6
All 6th-8th grade youth are invited to participate in this youth group trip to Bit of Hope equine therapy camp in Gastonia. Details are in Voices and will be mailed to registered youth. Parents of youth not currently registered in the Children and Youth RE Program should contact Kathleen.
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.
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.