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. 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: Ms. Dana
  • 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: Denyse Steele (Select Sundays only)

Sunday Morning Programming

The following curricula have been chosen because they align with family programming’s working Core Truths, they utilizes the 4 C’s for faith formation, and they tie-in nicely with our congregation's monthly themes...

PreK – Kindergarten

Celebrating Me and My World
This curriculum provides preschoolers with experiences and opportunities to grow in trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and sense of connectedness with all of life.

1st – 3rd Grade

Picture Book UU
This curriculum is fun, friendly and concise with teachable moments that introduce our faith to young children. It’s easy for Teachers to use with: Heart melting picture books as the focus of the session; a clear and simple session plan; and a defined belief, principle or source for each session.

4th – 5th Grade

Holidays and Holy Days
With this curriculum, participants will learn about the origins and meanings of holiday and holy day celebrations from our UU history and many world religions, including our Christian/Jewish tradition. Special Note: The Original Holidays and Holy Days, while revolutionary, bordered on cultural misappropriation. The lessons presented this year have been adapted to avoid cultural misappropriation.

Jr. High

Riddle and Mystery
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist Jr. High youth in their own search for understanding. In each of the sessions youth are introduced to and process a Big Question, such as: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Does God exist? What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? And, what does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?

Sr. High

Small Group Ministry
Once a month, youth will meet to engage in small group ministry. All other Sundays, youth will be integrated into the adult world of the congregation.


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 Jr. High OWL to all 7th – 9th graders, and intermediate OWL to all 5th – 6th graders. Learn more about OWL by visiting the UUA webpage on OWL.
  • Jr. High OWL: January – April (specific dates via snail mail in the fall).
  • Intermediate OWL: January – March (specific dates via snail mail in the fall).


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).  Dates and activities to be determined by youth, and communicated via email on a regular basis.  


Parents’ Night Out

Connect deeply with other families. Spend an hour exploring the nature of parenting and then revel in two hours of child-free bliss. Parents’ Night Out is back! This year, Parents’ Night Out will be offered as a ‘miniseries,’ with a three-session course offered in both the fall and spring. Topics for each course have yet to be determined, but you should register soon to secure your spot. Registration is required and spots are limited. Rated E for everyone. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Director of Family Programming to reserve your spot today.
  • Friday Nights in the Fall: September 23, October 21, and November 18
  • Friday Nights in the Spring: February 17, March 17, and April 21


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 Orientation is for you. Over the course of three weeks, engage in deep reflection and discussion. Contemplate such questions as: What was my spiritual upbringing like? And, what do I want my child’s spiritual upbringing to be like? Rated M for mature. Childcare provided.
  • After Church in the Fall : October 2, 9, and 16
  • After Church in the Spring: April 23, 30 and May 7

Unplug the Christmas Machine

Do you find the holiday season stressful, depressing, or unmanageable? Wishing you could find that ‘holiday cheer’ so many talk about? Unplug the Christmas Machine is designed to help you do just that, by helping you create the joyful, stress free, holiday season of your dreams. Rated T for adults and teens. Childcare provided upon request.
  • After Church in the Fall: October 23, 30, November 6, and 13

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...

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!

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?’

Special Ceremonies

To honor rites of passage, and the commitment of our volunteers, we hold special ceremonies of recognition and celebration throughout the year. One such offering is our Kindergarten Adventurer’s ceremony which is in September.

Inter-generational 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.

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!

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.

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.