Fall 2021 Update:
Our Children and Youth Religious Education program for the 2021-22 year is currently in-person, outdoors, and masked for 4- 17 years old. Weather permitting, programming begins at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday. More information is available by clicking the links to age-specific programming in the next paragraph. 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 offer religious education classes for preschool and elementary-age children, middle-schoolers and high-school-age youth. The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program is free, and children of all members and visitors can attend. When we return to in-person services, our nursery for infants and toddlers will resume operation as well.
Visiting on Sunday Mornings (non-pandemic)
Here are some helpful tips for bringing your child(ren) on your first Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community 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.
- 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 Coordinators 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 requires that parents be 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 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)