Children and Youth Religious Education
We offer religious education classes for preschoolers, elementary-age children, middle-schoolers and high-school-age youth. The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program is free, and children of both members and visitors can attend. Sunday classes are available for 3-year-olds through 8th grade from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and for 3-year-olds through high school from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We also provide a nursery for children up to age 36 months during both our 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services.
Visiting on Sunday Mornings
Here are some helpful tips for bringing your child(ren) on your first Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte:
- As soon as you arrive, please find staff and volunteers at the visitor table in the front lobby. They will direct you to the right place for you and your children.
- Each week check the “Where Do the Children Go?” signs posted outside the Religious Education wing, as class locations sometimes change due to special visits, projects, services, etc.
- If you would like to meet the Program Director, Kathleen Carpenter, ask for directions to the CYRE Office in the Religious Education wing. For detailed conversations, please schedule an appointment, as Sunday mornings are quite hectic.
- We have a Safe Congregations Policy in place, which means that parents are responsible for their children before and after their class sessions. All children in 8th grade and younger must have an adult on site who is responsible for them. Under no circumstances may parents drop off their children and leave the church campus.
- After three visits, we ask that parents register their children in the CYRE program.
- Children are welcome to join their parents in a worship service at any time, although please note that most services are not designed with young children in mind. We do hold child-friendly services on a regular basis. To learn more about them, please read about families in worship.
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, written here in language for children, are taught as a rainbow of values and identified by color:
- Every person is important and valuable. (Red)
- All people should be treated fairly. (Orange)
- Our churches are places where we should accept one another and learn together. (Yellow)
- Each person should be free to search for what is true and right. (Green)
- All people have the right to speak out and vote on things that matter to them. (Blue)
- We should help build a peaceful, fair and free world. (Indigo)
- We need to take care of the earth, the home we share with all living things. (Violet)