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 2, 2017

  • PreK - Kindergarten: My World has Trees - Today, your child will learn about trees! They will read Teacup by Rebecca Young. They will discuss the importance of trees, and discover how nature is interconnected. And, they may do some planting! Make sure your child is ready to get messy!

  • 1st - 3rd Grade: If I Were President - Today, your child will read If I Were President by Catherine Stier. They will discuss what they would do if they were president, dream about the future, and create a vision board!

  • 4th - 5th Grade: Africa Day - Today, your child will learn about some African gods. They will wonder about different African spirit masks, and they will learn how to play one version of the African came Oware.

  • Jr. High: TBD - Denys Steele will lead today's class. 

 Upcoming Opportunities

Infant and Toddler Volunteer Opportunity
Because the number of families attending First Church with small children has greatly increased in the last few months we have an immediate need for more volunteers to be in the Infant and Toddler room during service. This is more of an “on-call position,” as the volunteer may or may not be needed, depending on the number of children in the class on a given day. When signing up, you are committing to being at church the day you sign up for- and if needed, assisting Ms. Dana Beckmeyer and another volunteer in the Infant and Toddler room. If you are not needed that day, you are free to attend the service.

If loving on cute and cuddly babies is in your skill set, look for a signup sheet at the Family Programming table before and after service!

Looking Towards Easter
Easter is just a month away! Join us April 16 for an interactive retelling of the Easter story. This intergenerational service will be followed by FP’s traditional, No-Candy Easter Egg Hunt, and a Passover Sedar hosted by Community Builders.

Calling All New Families
Struggling with your religious past? Searching for ways to assist your child with their spiritual development? Wondering what role First Church can play in your family’s faith formation? Join me at 8:30 am April 23, 30 and May 7 for Family Orientation. This 3 part, parent directed, staff facilitated, workshop series will help you explore these questions and connect with other new families at First Church. Rated A for adults only. Childcare provided. RSVP to me by April 17 to save your place.

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.