For Middle-Schoolers

Sunday Morning Classes

9:15 a.m.   One class for 5th-8th graders (CANCELLED FOR 2017-18)

11:15 a.m.  One class for for 6th-8th graders

The 2017-18 program year presents us with a wonderful opportunity to help our Middle Schoolers delve a bit deeper into our congregation’s commitment to societal, environmental, and spiritual transformation.

Hands on learning and relevant media will supplement the UUA’s online Tapestry of Faith curriculum, Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice MakerHeeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that explores linked oppressions in our society while also encouraging participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others.

In addition to their Sunday morning class time, the Middle School youth are busy with service planning, special activities, Mountain Cons, and participating in service to the larger community.

Middle SchoolersSpecial Programming for Middle School Youth

  • Davidson College Challenge Course: Each fall, all Middle school youth are invited to participate in this group-building activity.
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL): This lifespan sexuality education program is used across the country in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Five levels of age-appropriate curricular materials are available. In 2017-18, two of these OWL classes will be offered at the UUCC, both involving Middle Schoolers: 5th-6th and 8th-9th.  Advanced registration is required, and parents are required to  attend the November 19 Parent Orientation (1:30pm).  To register, complete the appropriate permission form, also available at the Orientation.
  • Worship Service: Every year, the Middle School RE class(es) plan and lead a worship service for the congregation in the spring.
  • Mountain Youth CONferences – Held at the The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in western North Carolina, weekend Youth CONs are offered each fall and spring for three age levels: 3rd-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th.   While registration is through The Mountain’s website, all children and youth must also pay a $35 transportation fee to the UUCC.
  • Middle School Youth Group, which offers both social and service activities outside Sunday mornings.  This group is parent-led and organized with staff providing administrative support.  To volunteer, contact Kathleen Carpenter, Director of CYRE at Kathleen@uuccharlotte.org.

Social Justice and Community Outreach Opportunities

Our sixth UU principle calls us to “help build a peaceful, fair and free world.” We take this call seriously and offer opportunities throughout the year for our families to engage in service and justice work.

  • Volunteers of all ages join together one Sunday afternoon a quarter to prepare sandwiches for our homeless neighbors through the Operation Sandwich program. All sandwiches are made onsite in Freeman Hall.
  • From December through March, many of our families volunteer together through Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program, which provides shelter, food and fellowship to our homeless neighbors.
  • Twice yearly, groups of children, youth and adults travel  to nearby fields and harvest (glean) leftover crops, which are donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
  • Every two years, Kids in a Box: A Homeless Awareness Event is held at the church.  October.