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 - April 30, 2017

  • PreK - Kindergarten: My World Has Fish - Today, we'll read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and make tissue paper fish. Your child will become more aware of how to take care of water in our environment.

  • 1st - 3rd Grade: Henry Works - Today, we'll read Henry Works by D. B. Johnson, learn a little about Unitarian Henry David Thoreau, and do some 'work' around First Church.
  • 4th - 5th Grade: Slime Party - The 4th - 5th graders ended up collecting 174 books for the children of South Avondale Elementary.  That's more than any other class!  In celebration, they will have a slime party this Sunday.  RSVP to Rozy Park at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we are certain we have enough supplies.
  • Jr. High: Planning - Today, your youth will continue planning youth events for May / June.


 Upcoming Opportunities


White Supremacy Teach In

On May 7, dozens of UU congregations will participate in the White Supremacy teach-in; we will be one of them. On that day, the service and your child’s Sunday school class will focus on dismantling white supremacy. As the UUA struggles to address recent allegations of racist hiring practices, let us lay the groundwork for future generations today!

Party on the Playground
All children PreK – Jr. High are invited to FP’s end of the year Party on the Playground, May 28. Join us during the service that day for good food, good friends and good fun!

Flower Communion
95 years ago, a Czechoslovakian, Unitarian Minister by the name of Norbert Chapek held the first flower communion. A simple concept really – bring a flower, offer it up to the congregation, choose a different flower to take home – a metaphor about community that spread like wildfire! On June 4th, Rev. Maucere and I invite you to follow in the footsteps of your Unitarian ancestors. Bring a flower to the service, and offer yourself up to the community.

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.