Welcome to Family Programming at First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati!

If you are new to First Church, I want to extend an extra special welcome. Family and Children’s Programming at First Church, what some other congregations might refer to as Religious Education, is markedly different from what you’ll find at some other UU congregations because our focus is on the family, not just the child. We understand your life is busy. We understand that, at times, you feel overburdened with the work of raising a family. But, we also understand that you are your child’s greatest teacher. While we might have only 40 hours in a given year to influence your child, you, as their parent, have over 3,000 hours. Therefore, we are committed to partnering with you, to offer programming that not only fits into your busy schedule but that eases your burden as well.

If you would like to learn more about Family Programming's philosophy and policies, make sure to check out our overview. To learn more about our programming, including your child's curriculum for the year, be sure to take a look at our prospectus. Below, you will find a description of what your child will be learning, and doing, this coming Sunday, as well as a list of upcoming events and opportunities.

On Sunday mornings, please feel free to stop me and say 'Hi' or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me with any questions you may have. 

In partnership,

- Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming


This Sunday - July 2, 2017

  • PreK - 5th Grade: Turkey - This coming Sunday, we welcome our friends from St. John's Unitarian Universalist church. Your child will hear a traditional tale from Turkey, and play the Turkish game Korebe!

  • Jr. High: Community Building - Today, the Jr. high will welcome incoming 6th graders, build community, and plan for the 2017 - 2018 Church year!

 Upcoming Opportunities


Shared Services with St. Johns
For several years, we have shared July services with St. John’s Unitarian Universalist church in Clifton, OH. This tradition continues in 2017. On July 2nd, 9th, and 16th, our friends from St. John’s will join us at First Church for Worship and Sunday school. In return, on July 23rd and 30th, we will join them at St. John’s for the same. From having worked with St. John’s Director of Religious Education (DRE) for many years, I can tell you they have a wonderful program, and I hope you will join us. Please note that St. John’s services start at 11:00 am.

Notice to Youth – Lake House Update
Due to the large number of youth in our program, there will be two youth outings to the Schneider’s Lake House this summer. Incoming 6th and 7th graders should mark their calendars for July 16th and 17th, and incoming 8th – 12th graders should mark their calendars for July 30th and 31st. More info will be sent via email. If you are the parent of a youth and do not receive an email by June 19, please contact Meredith. It is quite likely we do not have correct contact information for you.

Now Recruiting for 2017 - 2018
Are you interested in cuddling some babies, playing with some preschoolers, discussing tricky topics with our youth, or shaping the next generation of UU change makers? Well, here is your opportunity! Family Programming is currently seeking Infant / Toddler, Preschool / Kindergarten, and Jr. High assistants, as well as 1st – 3rd and 4th – 5th grade teachers. You can sing up at the Family Programming Table any Sunday this summer, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.