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
Sunday's this Summer
- Preschool - Kindergarten: Each Person is Important - Today, your Preschooler / Kindergartner will learn our first principle - Each person is important. Your child will make an "All About Me" collage and share about their summer. We ask that your child bring a summer memento to class with them today. This memento should be something that is important to them and that can stay in the classroom for the season.
- 1st - 3rd Grade: Lessons for Life - Today, your 1st - 3rd grader will talk about what it means to be a part of a team. They’ll notice that teams are most successful when they work together and follow the rules. Then, they will enact our fifth principle, and vote on a game to play. The class will play the game through twice – once with a rule breaker – and once with everyone following the rules. Then, they’ll use our fifth principle to come up with rules for the classroom – their class covenant. We invite you to view the class covenant when you come to pick up your child.
- 4th - 5th Grade: Rosh Hashanah - Today, your 4th - 5th grader will be introduced to the Jewish High Holy Days - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Jewish New Year, which is celebrated in the fall, begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur. It is a time of righting wrongs. The Shofar, which is played on Rosh Hashanah is made from boiling a ram’s horn until it is soft, hollowing it out, and flattening the wider end. The mouth piece is shaped and the horn is allowed to harden. The Kol Nidre melody, which is played / sung on Yom Kippur, is suspected of originating in sixteenth century south Germany. Its words ask forgiveness for those who, throughout history, have been forced to renounce the Jewish religion under threat of torture or death. As part of their lesson, the 4th - 5th grade will listen to the Kol Nidre, and create a class covenant. We invite you to view the class covenant when class is over.
- Jr. High and Sr. High: Guest Speaker - Today, the Jr. and Sr. High youth will combine for a guest speaker, Jennifer Zavon. Jennifer has been traveling the world this past year, and will share what she learned with our youth today.
Upcoming OpportunitiesTime to Register
It’s registration time! Registration is required in order for your child to attend Sunday school. Children and youth are considered registered in the program once a parent or guardian completes the registration form. Registration is important because it provides emergency contact information, helps the Director of Family Programming track class size, and informs us of any special needs your child may have. In addition, it provides valuable information to you, the parent, about our program. There is no registration fee for our Sunday program. However, parents are asked to support the program once they feel that First Church is their home by volunteering their time and pledging regularly. You can get a registration form at the FP Kiosk by the stairs, or you can fill out an electronic registration form here.
Trunk or Treat
The children of South Avondale Elementary, our Avondale neighbors, and you, are cordially invited to join us October 20th for First Church’s first ever Trunk or Treat event. There will be face painting, music, costumes, contests, and fun!! Vehicles should arrive at 3:00 pm to decorate their trunk. Trick or treating starts at 4:00 pm and lasts until 6:00 pm. If you would like to decorate your trunk, and pass out candy, please register here. Trick or Treaters do not need to register.