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

Sunday's This Summer

  • PreK - 5th Grade: Backyard Bonanza - Leading research in the field of childhood development says children benefit physically, emotionally, and spiritually from free play in nature.  And yet, surveys show that today's children just aren't getting it, at least not enough of it.  That's why, this summer, it's all about outdoor play.  Children will gather on the playground, after they are sung out from the service.  Once there, they will engage in a short Montessori style lesson before they are released to play with their peers under the watchful eyes of Ms. Kymm and our summer volunteers.  Please be advised that we will be offering water play and garden play activities, every Sunday of this summer.  You SHOULD NOT dress your child(ren) in their Sunday best.  You MAY want to consider bringing a towel and change of clothes with you to church if you have somewhere else to be afterwards.
  • Jr. High and Sr. High: Planning - Today, with the help of the Sr. High, the Jr. High youth will plan for their youth service on June 16th.

 Upcoming Opportunities

Rites of Passage Ceremonies
At the end of the year we take some time to celebrate those students who have mastered one core truth, and will be bridging to the next class come fall.  Dates below...
  • 12th Grade - April 28
  • 2 Year Olds - May 5
  • Kindergartners - May 12
  • 3rd Graders - May 19
  • 5th Graders - June 9
  • 8th Graders - June 16
Church Picnic and Youth Service
Join us off site on June 16th for a potluck picnic and a little fun in the sun.  The youth will lead us in a moving worship before we chow down.  Location and time to be announced.

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


Phone: 513.238.9912



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