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).
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.
2014 Summer Program
During the summer, a smaller and more relaxed program is provided, with classes offered at both service times. Click here to read about the 2014 Summer classes, which include stories and activities for our Preschool/K children, the "7th Principle" program for our 1st-5th graders, and lessons based on popular movies for our teens - with separate classes for middle and high school youth. No registration is required, but we do request parents volunteer in at least once if possible.
The 2014 Summer Program runs June 1 - August 17.
Register Below for our 2014-15 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.
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
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: (NOTE that these are for our 2013-14 classes) 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.