The Purpose of the Religious Education (R.E.) program is to provide a spiritual, moral, and intellectual foundation on which our young people can build their own faith. We do this by focusing on the four areas of faith development:
Sunday RE Schedule
First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati meets at 10 am. Children ages zero to three years old can be dropped off in the infant / toddler rooms (rooms 1 and 2 in the basement) up to 10 minutes before the start of service. Children in Preschool through fifth grade are invited to join their parents in the sanctuary for the start of service, then proceed to their classrooms in the basement when they are dismissed. Jr. and Sr. High youth begin their sessions in their youth rooms, upstairs. Parents of children, infants through 5th graders, are asked to pick up their children 15 minutes after the end of service. This is to allow you, the parent, time to mingle, and it gives your child the opportunity to finish their lesson of the day. Youth will be dismissed when the service ends. Learn more about what is happening this and coming Sundays by visiting Religious Education Happenings. Look below for a chronological view of our Sunday morning schedule.
Communicable Disease Policy - After every Sunday school class, our teachers make an effort to clean and sterilize their classroom. However, when children congregation, there is always the chance that viruses will spread. In a collaborative effort to step the spread of communicable disease in our classrooms, we ask that parents do not bring their child to church if their child has had a fever in the past 24 hours, or the child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease. Thank you for your continued support!
Classroom Discipline Policy - We are a covenantal faith. We are brought together not by creed or dogma, but by our shared commitment to each other and our respective spiritual journeys. At the beginning of ever year, R.E. classes explore this concept by creating covenants of their own. It is explained to them that their covenant is a list of promises of how they will treat one another in the coming year. Once children understand this, they are invited to sign their name (or add their thumb print) to the covenant, affirming their commitment to each other. Throughout the rest of the year, your child's teacher will refer to the class covenant in times of trouble.
Volunteer Policy - As detailed by our Safe Congregation guidelines, the following volunteer requirements are in place to ensure safe operation of the RE program.
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 D.R.E. 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 the R.E. program.
There is no registration fee for our Sunday R.E. program. However, parents are asked to support the R.E. program by serving as teachers, assistants, or members of the R.E. committee once they feel that First Church is their home.
You can get a registration form from the D.R.E., or you can fill one out electronically here.