Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Columbia, SC
Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

Dear Parents: 

Our Children & Youth Religious Education program strives to provide a fun, nurturing and spiritually fulfilling environment for children and youth.  Our CYRE committee is working hard to bring our common values of compassion, fairness, responsibility, and sustainability to all of our CYRE classrooms through excellent materials and the hard work of our teacher volunteers.  We hope that these programs will support the work you do as your children’s primary religious educator.  We want to share a few highlights with you.

Our Youth Groups

Our youth group for teens in grades 9-12 focuses on social action/social justice.  The youth group usually meets on the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. More information is available by emailing reassist@uucolumbia.org.

Youth Heritage Trip to Boston

The CYRE Committee and parent volunteers will organize a trip to Boston in summer 2016 for high school youth.


Please see our Children and Youth Religious Education Classes for information about our 2015-16 curricula.

Multi-generational Worship Services

In our multi-generational services, children and youth (other than nursery-aged) remain in the worship service with the adults.

Our multigenerational services include: Water Communion, Ethnic Bread Communion, Holiday Pageant, Flower Communion, and RE Celebration and Bridging Ceremony.

Lock-Ins, Field Trips, CONs and other Special Events

We host three separate lock-ins for our high school youth, middle school class and elementary students. Our children and youth also attend CONs at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC.  Our high school youth group will have an interfaith service event with youth from other congregations on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.


Read all about the latest happenings, field trips, lessons and volunteer opportunities in our CYRE Newsletter. Please email Stephanie Palmer-Smith, DRE, at dre@uucolumbia.org to receive the newsletter.


The UUCC Children and Youth Religious Education Committee