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 - January 21, 2018

  • PreK - Kindergarten: Helping Others—Affirming children for being helpful increases their feelings of self-worth and of being part of a family and community. Children have a finely tuned sense of empathy when someone is sick or needs help. In this session, we connect their caring feelings with the caring that a congregation can do.

  • 1st - 3rd Grade: Caring for the Earth—The theme of this session is "We can do many things to show love for the earth." When we do act to benefit our planet, we are living the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, affirmation of the interdependent web of life. With a story about Rachel Carson, one of the earliest environmental activists, the session highlights not only what can hurt our environment but also what everyone can do to protect it.

  • 4th - 5th Grade: Zen Shorts—Zen is a Japanese word that simply means meditation. In Zen, the teachings of the Buddha have always been passed down from teacher to student…”Zen Shorts” are short meditations –ideas to puzzle over- tools which hone our ability to act with intuition. They have no goal, but they often challenge us to reexamine our habits, desires, concepts, and fears. The stories [told by Stillwater, a giant panda, to three siblings], “Uncle Ry and the Moon” and “A Heavy Load,” come from Zen Buddhist literature which has been passed along for centuries. The story of “The Farmer’s Luck” has roots going back to Taoism, which is several thousand years old.  Today, children will read this book by Jon J. Muth as well as create and launch paper airplanes, just like a pair of characters from the book!

  • Jr. High: UUville - Today, youth will revisit UUville with new avatars.

  • Sr. High: Discussion - Today, youth will discuss our monthly theme of Prophecy. 


 Upcoming Opportunities

Attention: Young Scientists
Our Director of Family Programming has finally figuired out the secret of time travel!  She has, successfully, traveled back in time.  But, there is trouble brewing.  She can't say what, but she can tell you it has to do with the 1929 Cincinnati Science Fair.  She has decided to join the Cincinnati Science Fair Consortium in hopes of battling this evil from the inside.  But, she needs your help!  She needs you to join her in the year 1929 and compete in the actual 1929 Cincinnati Science Fair.  See this announcements from an old newspaper clipping...

The Cincinnati Science Fair Consortium is now accepting applications from young scientists who wish to compete in the 1929 Cincinnati Science Fair. Those who are chosen to participate will receive special instruction from some of the world’s sharpest minds, prototype an invention of their on design, and meet legendary Unitarian and design scientist Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller.  Fuller, often known for his eccentric personality, believes that science has the ability to save humankind.  He is quoted as saying, “We are on a spaceship, a beautiful one.  It took billions of years to develop.  We’re not going to get another.  Now, how do we make this spaceship work?”  It is based on this quote that this year’s theme, Saving Spaceship Earth, was chosen.

If you know a young scientist who may just be the “Best Junior Inventor,” of our time, you can register them for this week long event at  the First Unitarian Church  on Linton Street.  The science fair runs July 23rd through the tw27th, from 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  Cost is $150 for the first child you register, and $75 for each child after that.  Before and after care is $5 per child, per session.  Applicants should be between the ages of 5 and 11. 

Ms. Meredith has set up an online registration form for any child who is brave enough to join her.  She has cleverly disguised the registration form by naming it "STEAMpunk Summer Camp Registration."  Your parents can register you for this 'summer camp,' here http://bit.ly/2lBgj7l.  Quickly, now!  The fate of the world rests in your hands!

Heart and Hand Auction
Win big and support the church!  Gift Certificates, vacations, parties and tours—everything and anything goes up for bid at the Heart and Hand Auction!  Free childcare available!  Auction will be February 3rd, unless it snows, then it will be February 10th. 

Secret Valentine Breakfast
Children PreK – 5th grade make a craft / card.  Adults bring a delicious breakfast.  Children and Adults are paired based on personality and interests.  All enjoy a very special meal!  Children and Adults can sign up at the FP Table through February 3rd.  Breakfast is February 10th! 

Parents’ Night Out
Engage in deep discussion, then enjoy some kid free time, all while your child has fun and builds friendships. This spring, contemplate the rituals, traditions, and wise words which you wish to leave your child with our series, “Legacy.” Registration Required.  Spring dates: Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 27. 

Intergenerational Carter Sunday
The Rev. H.G. Carter was a prominent, African American, Unitarian minister in the 1920s.  On Sunday, February 25th learn about Rev. Carter, First Church’s poor treatment of him, our reconciliation with his family, and his legacy.

Chalice Lighters Needed!
Our chalice is known by many names.  It is the beacon of hope; the light of truth and freedom; and the cup of compassion.  Would your child like to light it some Sunday?  If so, you may sign them up here: http://bit.ly/2zT0aDw.  This opportunity is available to all children in our faith community, 0 – 18 years of age. 

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 (Fourth 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.