Sunday Morning Overview


Sunday Morning Schedule

Not all Sundays follow the same schedule, but most Sundays follow the schedule below:
  • 9:45 am — Infants / Toddlers are dropped off downstairs. Jr. and Sr. High youth make their way upstairs.
  • 10:00 am — Families gather in the sanctuary for the start of service.
  • 10:15 am — Children are dismissed from the sanctuary, and head to their classrooms.
  • 11:00 am — Service lets out. Jr. and Sr. High youth are dismissed. Youth and adults gather for coffee hour.
  • 11:15 am — Parents pick up their children from their classrooms. Everyone enjoys coffee hour together.

Classroom and Teacher Assignments

Your child's classroom and teacher assignments are listed below:
  • 0 – 2 yrs: Red and Orange Rooms - TBD
  • PreK – Kindergarten: Yellow Room - Ms. Kymm
  • 1st – 3rd Grade: Green Room - Volunteers
  • 4th – 5th Grade: Blue Room - Volunteers
  • 6th – 8th Grade: Youth Room - Mr. Stephen
  • 9th Grade and Up: Youth Room - TBD

Sunday Morning Programming

The following curricula have been chosen because they are grounded in Family Programming’s Core Truths, they utilizes the 4 C’s for faith formation, and they align with our congregation's monthly themes...

Infants / Toddlers

Child Care
This class gives our infants and toddlers the opportunity to learn by allowing them to interact with their surroundings in a developmentally appropriate, safe and loving environment.

PreK – Kindergarten

Chalice Children
This curriculum strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and the life issues we all share.

1st – 3rd Grade

Love Surrounds Us / Love Will Guide Us
Together, these two curriculums explore our principles and sources in the context of beloved community. Participants ask big questions and engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.

4th – 5th Grade

Picture Book World Religions / Picture Book Bible Stories
Through these two curriculums, participants are introduced to important stories and traditions from the Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian faiths.

Jr. High

Living in UUville / How Can I Know What to Believe?
“Living in UUville” is more like an RPG (role playing game) than a curriculum. As youth take on different identities throughout the year, they are encouraged to think about their own religious beliefs and how our principles pertain to their lives. These concepts are then explored in greater depth with “How Can I Know What to Believe?”

Sr. High

Bringing the Web to Life / Cuba Planning
Based on the 8 components of the Web of Youth Ministry, youth will learn how to become leaders within the church, and beyond. They will also learn about Cuba and plan fundraisers in preparation for their trip to Cuba in July of 2018.


Beyond Sunday Morning

Because we know your family's needs are not fully met by what we offer on Sunday mornings, here is a list of programming we offer outside of Sunday mornings...

Our Whole Lives

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program. It covers topics such as anatomy, emotions, relationships, and values. This year, we are offering Sr. High OWL to all 10th - 12th graders, and Early Elementary OWL to all Kindergarten - 1st graders. Learn more about OWL by visiting the UUA webpage on OWL.
  • Sr. High OWL: October—May (specific dates will be sent out in the fall).
  • Early Elementary OWL: January 21, and 28, February 4, 11,and 25, and March 4, 11, and 18

Youth Outings

Roughly once a month our youth (Jr. and Sr. High youth) gather outside of Sunday Morning to build community and conscience. These outings range from fun social gatherings (such as laser tag) to serious exercises in justice making (volunteering at Shiloh Food Bank). Our Sr. High are even planning a trip to Cuba in July 2018! Dates and activities to be determined by youth, and communicated via email on a regular basis.


Parents’ Night Out

You engage in deep discussion, and then enjoy some kid free time. Your child has fun and builds friendships with their First Church peers. It’s a win, win! Parents’ Night Out is offered in the fall and spring. This fall, think back on your childhood, and ponder the ways in which it has shaped your current reality with our series, “Home.” Then, come spring, contemplate the rituals, traditions, and wise words which you wish to leave your child with our series, “Legacy.” Registration is required and spots are limited, so email DFP, Meredith Plummer, now.
  • Friday Nights in the Fall: September 22, October 20, and November 17
  • Friday Nights in the Spring: February 23, March 23, and April 27


New Family Orientation

For anyone who just welcomed a new child into their home, is new to First Church, or is seeking a stronger connection between their faith and home life, New Family Classes are for you. Over the course of three weeks, contemplate such questions as: What was my spiritual upbringing like? And, what do I want my child’s spiritual upbringing to be like? Childcare is provided, and registration is required. Email DFP, Meredith Plummer, now.
  • After Church this Spring: April 15,22, and 29

Beyond Programming

As we know that not all of our families have the time or energy to engage in special programming, we offer adjunct events and resources throughout the year. Here is an overview of some of those offerings...

Intergenerational Services

At least three times throughout the year, all children and youth join their families in the sanctuary for a special service. Infants and Toddler care is always provided for younger children on these days.

Classroom Recognitions

Once a month throughout the year we take time out of the service to shine a spotlight on one of our Sunday School classrooms. During these recognitions, the entire class is welcomed to come forward and say something about their class and this church.

Rites of Passage Events / Ceremonies

At the end of the year we spend an entire month celebrating those students who have mastered one core truth, and will be bridging to the next class come fall. Dates and details about these events / ceremonies will be sent out to parents in the spring.

Other Special Ceremonies

To honor other significant life events, and the commitment of our volunteers, we hold special ceremonies of recognition and celebration throughout the year. One such offering is our child dedications.

Other Special Events

The Family Programming Committee sponsors several special events through-out the year — the F.P. Open House and the Secret Valentine Brunch just to name two. Join us!

F.P. Features

This is a weekly email which is sent to the parents of all of our PreK – 5th graders. It addresses the questions, ‘What did my child do this week?’ ‘What will my child do next week?’ and ‘How do I bring the lesson home?’

F.P. Library

Located on the second floor, this collection of books has a little something for everyone. From children’s bibles, to books on sex and sexuality, to popular chapter books and parenting resources, you can find most anything in the F.P. library. Looking for a particular resource? Just ask!

Videos

Occasionally, F.P. will put out a video to inspire and connect the congregation at large. You can find these videos on First Church’s Facebook page.

Event Rating System

Just recently, Family Programming instituted a church wide rating system for all events. These ratings are meant to help you determine when a particular event or program is appropriate for your family.

These ratings are listed below...
  • E for Everyone, Infant - Adult
  • eC for Early Childhood, Kindergarten - Adult
  • E10+ for Everyone 10+, Preteen - Adult
  • T for Teen, Teen - Adult
  • M for Mature, Adult Only

Krista Taylor


Krista Taylor Crisis in EducationKrista Taylor brought a wide range of experiences to her intervention specialist/co-teaching position at Gamble Montessori in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Her dedication to co-teaching and inclusion have helped Gamble develop an approach that captures the spirit of Montessori education. In 2015 she earned regional acclaim when, after being awarded the Hawkins Educator of the Year award for Cincinnati Public Schools, she gave her entire $10,000 winnings to the Gamble Foundation to assist students in attending field experiences. She has presented at conferences for the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, the Cincinnati Montessori Society, and the Ohio Montessori Alliance, and she is an assistant in CMSTEP, the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teachers Education Program. 2017 is her 13th year of teaching.

What's an Accredited Interim Minister?


"Accredited Interim Minister" is the designation by the Unitarian Universalist Association that denotes a minister specifically trained to help congregations review and revitalize their operations. In addition to carrying out the normal responsibilities of congregational ministry, including worship and pastoral care, ministers with this designation possess specific skills in helping congregations to address five developmental tasks for congregations in transition:

· Claim and honor its past and engage and honor its griefs and conflicts

· Recognize its unique identity and its strengths, needs and challenges

· Clarify the appropriate leadership roles of minister(s), church staff and lay leaders and navigate the shifts in leadership that may accompany times of transition

· Make appropriate use of regional, UUA and other outside resources

Proudly come into possession of a renewed vision and strong stewardship, prepared for new growth and new professional leadership, ready to embrace the future with anticipation and zest.

Meredith Plummer,
Director of Family Programming


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Available by appointment

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Phone: 513.238.9912

 


Resources

  • My Chalica Book: A Beginner's Guide (Third Edition) - Created by me, this booklet contains an introduction to Chalica, a resource page, a brief history of Chalica, and suggestions on how to celebrate and honor each principle with actions, food, gifts, books, and movies.
  • Beyond Ramps and Restrooms - Within this blog you'll find links, resources, reviews and information about today's technology - and how that technology may be used to welcome people with disabilities in our congregations and beyond.