Children and Youth Religious Exploration

CYRE Registration and Class Information

We have great hybrid offerings this year and are recruiting teachers!  Email Starr at dre@greenvilleuu.org for more information.

Everyone needs to register their children and youth this year for Religious Education.  Please do so even if your children are nursery age as it helps us plan staffing for when we return in person.  Please do so even if you are unsure your children will participate online in our hybrid offering.  The information helps us stay connected to families during these difficult times. 

Kindergarten through 3rd grade will enjoy access to Spirit Play online twice monthly.  To facilitate a Spirit Play experience at home just have some art supplies available for use after the story.  Spirit Play is a storytelling curricula in which children experience a story then process their thoughts using art materials.

4th & 5th Graders with their families will engage in this family style class on Being UU.  The lessons are available on our website, but once monthly we will gather on zoom to do art projects and talk about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. We will make chalices, explore the 7 principles, create a family covenant and family altar, explore family traditions and UU traditions, and discuss Prayer and Meditation.

6th-8th Graders will create a photo-documentary exploring Families, a Tapestry of Faith curriculum. What makes a family? Can you have more than one family?  Do you have to have children to be a family?  Students will explore their families in interviews, reflections, and photos and create a photo montage to celebrate family.

Coming of Age is for 9th graders and beyond who have not yet taken this pivotal year-long experience.  It may be open to some mature 8th graders.  The course explores what it means personally to be a Unitarian Universalist, the theological grounding, values, and life-renewing practices which our faith offers us. Participants will write a credo statement, participate in a worship service, and go on a year-end trip to celebrate this milestone.

Highschool and Beyond will enjoy a multigenerational small group ministry intended to serve as preparation for briding out of youth and into adulthood.  This is part of the senior bridging curriculum and will include those who have bridged in previous years and other adults in the Fellowship. In this class, we will explore values, theological reflection, and spiritual practices.

Even if you are unsure if your family will be able to participate in an y of the above programming, please register your family at this link so we can keep you aware of what programing options become available. If you have any questions about CYRE registration or any of the class information below, please contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration Starr Austin at dre@greenvilleuu.org.

More Religious Exploration Offerings for Families

Being UU at Home

Being UU at Home is a program for everyone who wants to find ways to express their UU faith with family and partners in the context of daily life.  This series offers engaging suggestions, activities, thoughts, stories, and opportunities for individuals, families, or partners to make Unitarian Universalism a part of your daily life at home. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Virtual Spirit Play

Virtual Spirit Play story videos and other supporting materials provide you with everything you need to create a Spirit Play experience for one or more children at home, with a parent, guardian, or caregiver serving as a Spirit Play Guide. Click here to see our Virtual Spirit Play Library.