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.
- Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming
This Sunday - March 18, 2018
PreK - Kindergarten:Wonder about the Stars — Religious educator Sophia L. Fahs said that contact with the natural world is one of the 12 main types of experiences connected with natural religious development in young children. This session guides children to celebrate the beauty of stars and to experience the mystery and awe stars prompt in us.
1st - 3rd Grade: Love in Action — This session lifts up Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who returned again and again to the South to lead more than 300 slaves to freedom. We focus on the second Unitarian Universalist Source, "Wise People." The children learn that love calls us to be courageous and to take action in the face of evil. Participants will do a trust walk, and learn that slaves used code songs to communicate escape plans, such as"Follow the Drinking Gourd."
- 4th - 5th Grade: Daniel in the Lion's Den — It is the 6th century B.C.E. and soldiers have invaded the city of Jerusalem. Daniel, a young Jewish boy who lives there, is taken away to serve in the court of King Nabuchadnezzar, in Babylon. When Daniel reaches adulthood, he impresses his rulers so much that the king asks Daniel to be his chief advisor. The other royal servants are jealous and plot to get rid of Daniel. He is thrown into the den, but Daniel’s unwavering faith saves his life. Participants are reminded about overcoming impossible obstacles through the power of faith.
- Jr. High: Youth Outing — Jr. and Sr. High youth will leave from church at 10:00 am and spend the morning at DartRush in Newport, KY. Contact Meredith Plummer for details and permission slips.
- Sr. High: Youth Outing — Jr. and Sr. High youth will leave from church at 10:00 am and spend the morning at DartRush in Newport, KY. Contact Meredith Plummer for details and permission slips.Sr. High youth will attend the service today.
Upcoming OpportunitiesAttention: Young Scientists
Our Director of Family Programming has finally figuired out the secret of time travel! She has, successfully, traveled back in time to the year 1929. But, there is trouble brewing, and we're all in danger. She can't divulge many details, 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 imminet threat 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...
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!
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.
Update: After talking it over with Rev. Maucere, we've decided to open our Chalice Lighter Invitation up to families. If you have a child who is too shy / nervous / young to light the chalice on their own, now your entire family can light the chalice instead!
There are openings from now until the end of the church year. So, sign up now!