Not all Sundays follow the same schedule, but most Sundays follow the schedule below:
9:45 am — Infants / Toddlers are dropped off downstairs. Jr. and Sr. High youth make their way upstairs.
10:00 am — Families gather in the sanctuary for the start of service.
10:15 am — Children are dismissed from the sanctuary, and head to their classrooms.
11:00 am — Service lets out. Jr. and Sr. High youth are dismissed. Youth and adults gather for coffee hour.
11:15 am — Parents pick up their children from their classrooms. Everyone enjoys coffee hour together.
Classroom and Teacher Assignments
Your child's classroom and teacher assignments are listed below:
0 – 2 yrs: Red and Orange Rooms - Ms. Amber
PreK – Kindergarten: Yellow Room - Ms. Kymm
1st – 3rd Grade: Green Room - Volunteers
4th – 5th Grade: Blue Room - Volunteers
6th – 7th Grade: Youth Room - Mr. Stephen
8th Grade and Up: Youth Room - Volunteers
Sunday Morning Programming
The following curricula have been chosen because they are grounded in Family Faith Development’s Core Truths, they utilizes the 4 C’s for faith formation, and they align with our congregation's monthly themes...
Infants / Toddlers
Child Care This class gives our infants and toddlers the opportunity to learn by allowing them to interact with their surroundings in a developmentally appropriate, safe and loving environment.
PreK – Kindergarten
Rainbow Seekers With this curriculum, children learn that church is a fun and safe place to be, while also learning about themselves.
1st – 3rd Grade
Walking the Rainbow Path This curriculum helps children clearly understand our UU principles, as they learn to name their own religious / spiritual / experiences, and create a framework on which to build their own belief system.
4th – 5th Grade
Passport to Creation / Passport to Spirituality Children will journey through their imaginations on a world tour. They will hear the creation stories, explore the spirituality practices, and learn some of the cultural customs employed by the world's religions.
Lodestone Youth will explore the topics of Unitarian Universalism, Money, Race, Holidays, and Death in this curriculum full of fun activities and deep teachable moments.
Various With curriculum developed by the UUA, and in-house, the youth will spend three out of four Sundays a month exploring themes related to UU identity, Christian Theology, Social Justice, and Moral / Ethical Dilemmas. On the odd Sunday out, youth are invited to build community with their Jr. High peers, attend the service, or volunteer.
Beyond Sunday Morning
Because we know your family's needs are not fully met by what we offer on Sunday mornings, here is a list of programming we offer outside of Sunday mornings...
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program. It covers topics such as anatomy, emotions, relationships, and values. This year, we are offering Intermediate OWL for 4th - 6th Graders. Learn more about OWL by visiting the UUA webpage on OWL.
Intermediate OWL: January - March (specific dates were sent out earlier this year).
Roughly once a month our youth (Jr. and Sr. High youth) gather outside of Sunday Morning to build community and conscience. These outings range from fun social gatherings (such as laser tag) to serious exercises in justice making (volunteering at Shiloh Food Bank). Dates and activities to be determined by youth, and communicated via email on a regular basis.
Sr. High Hangout
Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to church to enjoy dinner and social activities on the first Sunday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m., under the supervision of parent volunteers. In order to attend, teens must be registered with the Family Faith Development (FFD) program, or a parent must stay on premise. Click on the flier below to register your teen with FFD.
Children and Youth Choir
The children's choir meets on the first Sunday of each month in room 207 from 11:25 AM to 11:55 PM, and is open to all 0 - 5th graders. The youth choir meets on the third Sunday of each month in room 207 from 11:25 AM to 12:25 PM, and is open to all 6th - 12th graders.
Parents’ Night Out
Let's face it, you need a break. And, so do your kids. Click on the flier to register for the next event.
As we know that not all of our families have the time or energy to engage in special programming, we offer adjunct events and resources throughout the year. Here is an overview of some of those offerings...
At least three times throughout the year, all children and youth join their families in the sanctuary for a special service. Infants and Toddler care is always provided for younger children on these days.
V.I.P. Lounge for Very Inquisitive People
The V.I.P. Lounge is set up during most intergenerational worship services. This is a worship space for children, young and old, to connect with the day’s worship theme in a hands on manner. It features daily story and activity baskets, meditative toys, art materials, tactile and kinesthetic toys, picture books, an adults-only rocking chair, and many pillows!
Rites of Passage Events / Ceremonies
At the end of the year we spend an entire month celebrating those students who have mastered one core truth, and will be bridging to the next class come fall. Dates and details about these events / ceremonies will be sent out to parents in the spring.
Other Special Ceremonies
To honor other significant life events, and the commitment of our volunteers, we hold special ceremonies of recognition and celebration throughout the year. One such offering is our child dedications.
Other Special Events
The Family Faith Development Committee sponsors several special events through-out the year — the F.P. Open House and the Secret Pals Ice Cream Social just to name two. Join us!
Family Faith Development Features
This is a weekly email which is sent to the parents of all of our PreK – 12th graders. It addresses the questions, ‘What did my child do this week?’ ‘What will my child do next week?’ and ‘How do I bring the lesson home?’
Located on the second floor, this collection of books has a little something for everyone. From children’s bibles, to books on sex and sexuality, to popular chapter books and parenting resources, you can find most anything in the F.P. library. Looking for a particular resource? Just ask!
Occasionally, F.P. will put out a video to inspire and connect the congregation at large. You can find these videos on First Church’s Facebook page.
Krista Taylor brought a wide range of experiences to her intervention specialist/co-teaching position at Gamble Montessori in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Her dedication to co-teaching and inclusion have helped Gamble develop an approach that captures the spirit of Montessori education. In 2015 she earned regional acclaim when, after being awarded the Hawkins Educator of the Year award for Cincinnati Public Schools, she gave her entire $10,000 winnings to the Gamble Foundation to assist students in attending field experiences. She has presented at conferences for the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, the Cincinnati Montessori Society, and the Ohio Montessori Alliance, and she is an assistant in CMSTEP, the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teachers Education Program. 2017 is her 13th year of teaching.
Meredith Plummer, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
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