The Purpose of the Religious Education (RE) 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 diseas 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 - Our goal, as religious educators, is to have each student participate, learn and grow in our program. however, in some cases, that goal is disrupted by some of our most energetic children. In an effort to decrease those disruptions, each class will be creating a class covenant at the beginning of the church year. Covenants will then be hung on one wall of the classroom. We ask that each parent view the covenant with their child and sign it. Throughout the rest of the year, the class covenant will be what your child's teacher will refer to in case the class gets lost in their excitement.
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 DRE 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 RE program.
There is no registration fee for our Sunday RE program. However, parents are asked to support the RE program by serving as teachers, assistants, or members of the RE committee once they feel that First Church is their home.
You can get a registration form from the DRE, or you can fill one out electronically here.