We hold one service on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Childcare is provided.

Children stay with parents for the first 10 minutes of the service, then leave to take part in their own Religious Education program. Children of all ages through high school are invited to attend Religious Education classes. Children are also welcome to stay with their parents.

 

Sermons

Sermons are given by our minister Rev. Sharon K. Dittmar and, occasionally, by special guests. Upcoming sermon topics are posted on our home page every week. A sermon archive is also available for reading and/or listening.

Accessibility

Our sanctuary and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. Headsets are available for the hearing impaired.

 

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At First Church, we recognize major life passages through services of child dedication, weddings, services of union, and memorial services.


Child Dedication

Services of Child Dedication are usually performed by one of our ministers during a Sunday morning worship service. Dedications are appropriate for children aged three and under. Families are encouraged to add readings or gifts that will make the service meaningful for them. A service is specially written for each family.


Weddings and Services of Union

At First Church we rejoice in the union of all loving couples. In order to plan a wedding or service of union at First Church, the first step is to contact our minister Rev. Connie Simon via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513) 281-4697 to arrange a meeting. During the meeting the couple and the minister will get to know one another, discuss the couple’s relationship, plans for the ceremony, and ideas for the service. A second meeting will be set to finalize service plans. Couples are encouraged to select readings, vows, and music. If interested or needed, couples may be referred for pre-marital counseling.

Our sanctuary offers a lovely setting for services, although our minister sometimes joins couples in private homes or outdoor ceremonies. If the service is held at the church there are a variety of arrangements that need to be made with the keyboardist, custodial staff and office administrator. It is best to schedule your wedding date six months in advance to insure the availability of the minister and the sanctuary. Due to the number of requests, not all services for non-members can be accommodated. Other UU churches and/or clergy may be recommended.


Memorial Services

The death of a loved one is a time of powerful emotions and change. Memorial services are a great comfort. At First Church we honor those who have died with a celebration of life, a service that shares their life and meaning. Our minister meets with families once or twice to talk about their loved one and to plan a service. Careful attention is given to pastoral care and each unique expression of grief. Families are encouraged to choose meaningful readings and music. Eulogies are specially written for each person.

Services can be held at First Church or in a funeral home. Due to the number of requests, not all services for non-members can be accommodated. If our minister is unavailable, other UU clergy may be recommended. All services are free for members. Non-members are charged a fee. If you would like to know more, or would like to schedule a service, please contact Rev. Connie Simon at (513) 281-4697 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Although Unitarian worship services tend to be less liturgical and ritual-based than those in many traditional churches, our services do contain a number of common elements which move the gathered community through an hour-long experience of centering and reflection. These common elements are:

Ingathering

You will be greeted at the door by an usher who will give you a printed “order of service.” He or she will help you find a seat (if the service is crowded), show you how to use a wireless headset (if you need one), and answer any questions you may have about the service.


Welcome

sharon and child lighting chaliceThe Service Leader welcomes the congregation and reminds us of our purpose by reciting the First Unitarian Church Mission Statement. Visitors are invited to introduce themselves as they feel comfortable.


Prelude

A reflective piece of music sets the mood for a worshipful service.


Chalice Song

The flaming chalice is the most widely used Unitarian Universalist symbol. Its lighting is a signal to convene the service, a calling together and focusing of attention, invoking our readiness to worship.


Opening Hymn

Singing is a joyous form of self-expression. Blending our voices together reminds us that we are not alone. We sing to awaken our spiritual life and energy.


Joys and Sorrows

Members share those things that have most deeply touched them in the past week.


Silent Meditation

We often share a minute of reflective silence.


Anthem

Our choir offers a musical selection tied to the topic of the sermon.


Sermon

The sermon is the centerpiece of the service, helping us as we seek the "still point of the turning world." Our minister Rev. Connie Simon, regularly offers us stirring, challenging, and thought-provoking sermons. Outside speakers and congregation members sometimes fill this role. You can check the sermon topic and speaker each week on our Upcoming Sunday Worship Topics page.


children choirHymn

We join together in a closing hymn.


Closing Words

These send us off with a reminder to live our mission.



About Our Facility

The main entrance to the church is across Linton Street from the parking lot entrance. Most areas of the building are wheelchair accessible, including the sanctuary and restrooms. The sanctuary and restrooms are on the street level. Wireless headphones are available in the sanctuary for the hearing impaired. All religious education rooms and other public areas of the building are accessible by elevator from the entry level.

 

Directions to First Unitarian Church

Our church is on the corner of Linton Street and Reading Road in Avondale. Linton Street is one and one-half blocks South of Martin Luther King Drive.

 

• From the North via I-71

Take the William Howard Taft exit. Go to the first major intersection (Reading Road). Turn right. Go two and one half blocks north to Linton Street. Turn left and proceed to the parking lot entrance on the left.

 

• From the South via I-71

Take the Reading Road exit and go about one mile north to Linton Street. Turn left onto Linton and proceed to the parking lot entrance on the left.

 

From the North or South via I-75

Take the Hopple Street exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Hopple. Cross over I-75. Cross Central Parkway. Hopple becomes Martin Luther King Drive. Go 2.5 miles to Reading Road. Turn right onto Reading Road. Go 1 and 1/2 blocks and then turn right onto Linton Street. Proceed to the parking lot entrance on the left.

 

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Service Cancelations and Closings Due to Bad Weather

In case of inclement weather, please visit Channel 9 WCPO: http://www.wcpo.com/closings.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation; they govern themselves. They unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves. Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s 19 districts.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed.

The Association:
  • affirms the worth of human beings,
  • advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth,
  • strives to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.

Learn more at The Unitarian Universalist Association website