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 20th

  • PreK - Kindergarten: Differences - Today, your child will see that differences are interesting, as they explore the differences among themselves.
  • 1st - 3rd Grade: Saving Lives - Today, the class will learn about Unitarian Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor. Elizabeth was rejected from every medical school she applied to, except one.  The one school that let her in did so because they thought her application was a joke.  When Elizabeth showed up, they were astonished.  But, she graduated the top student in her class and became the first female doctor in the U.S. 
  • 4th - 5th Grade: Ramadan - Today, your child will learn about the fourth pillar of Islam – Ramadan. Ramadan begins on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (this is usually in summer). It is a time for Muslims to recommit themselves to Allah. During the entire month, Muslims fast from sun-up to sun-down, and pray often. 
  • Jr. and Sr. High: The New You the Creator - Today, your youth will explore spiritual concepts through deep discussions and creative artwork.

 Upcoming Opportunities

Parents' Night Out
Valentine’s Day is near, and we’d like to give you a night out.  Drop your kiddos off with us from starting at 6:15 PM on February 16th, and we promise, they’ll have lots of fun.  Possible overnight also in the works.  RSVP required.

Summer Camp Announcement

Learn to be a pirate, hard as a callous,
Inspire in others fear and malice.
But be not mean,
Work as a team,
Then you will find the Crystal Chalice. 

Children who participate in this year's summer camp - Quest for the Crystal Chalice - will learn a little about history, science, and problem solving.  But, most of all, they will lean about teamwork.  Camp runs Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Before and after care available from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, respectively.  Camp costs $150 for the first child and $75 for each additional child.  Before and after care costs $5 per session per child.  Discounts are available for First Church members (see below).  And, for the first time ever, we are excited to announce a limited number of scholarships are also available - no membership required, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information, and before you register.  Register here.

Members are eligible for the following scholarships:
  • Volunteer for before or after care twice, get $20 off.
  • Volunteer for before or after care 3 times, get $35 off.
  • Volunteer for before or after care 4 times, get $50 off.
  • Volunteer to be a camp counselor, your children can attend for free.

Meredith Plummer,
Director of Family Programming


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Available by appointment

email

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.