Children and Youth Religious Education Program
Fall 2021 Update
Programming for the beginning of the 2021-22 year is currently in-person, outdoors, and masked for 4- 17 years old. We are monitoring COVID recommendations closely. We hope that CYRE classes can transition indoors as soon as it is safe to do so. Our goal is to keep everyone informed, connected, and engaged. Please monitor Currents for updates on this status.
We ask that all families register for the 2021-22 Religious Education Program using the following link: 2021-22 CYRE Registration. This includes returning families and new families, both member and non-member. There is no fee.
The Children’s Choir meets Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. in the traffic circle at the UUCC, just prior to CYRE classes.
For more information about the Children’s Choir, contact Director of Music John Herrick.
Other Programming (non-pandemic)
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s human sexuality program. Our congregation offers all four of the classes designed for children and youth in alternating years. Because no facilitator training took place during 2020, some OWL classes will be delayed a year. Please watch our weekly UUCC newsletter, Currents, for updates.
Mountain CONs are weekend-long conferences held at the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC. Two CONs are offered annually for each of three age groups (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th).
If your child plans to attend the next Mountain CON, you must register online through the Mountain. In addition, a $35 transportation fee, paid to the UUCC, is required, as is attendance at the annual Mountain CON Orientation held at the UUCC. Scholarships are available for up to 50% of the registration and transportation fees; contact email@example.com.
Congregation-based Youth CONferences
These CONs are hosted by individual congregations and youth groups in our district. Our own high school youth group organizes and conducts the largest of these district-wide cons in early February.
Youth Service Trip
Hartsville Mission Trip: Each summer, this annual mission trip provides youth the opportunity to work on service projects in Hartsville, South Carolina. They do most of the work over the course of a week, through Habitat for Humanity, but teens often volunteer in the larger community, as needed.
Coming of Age Program and Boston Heritage Trip
Every other year, the CYRE program offers a nine-month Coming of Age (COA) program for our high school youth. Coming of Age includes a mentoring component, service projects, two weekend retreats and Sunday evening small group discussion sessions. The next Coming of Age program for our high school youth will be held in 2021-2022.
Individual classes may offer visits to other houses of faith or other locations in our community throughout the year, depending on the curriculum. Completed permission forms, required for children and youth to attend, are mailed out to all parents of the registered children/youth prior to the event.