Program Overview

The past year or so has been difficult - hasn't it?  Perhaps you are feeling crispy?  Burned out, overwhelmed, scared, anxious, adrift, or all alone?  Yeah, same.  But, I am here to tell you, you aren't all alone.  We know what you've been through this year, and we're here for you.  And, because we love you, we've decided not to add more to your plate this year.  We're just keeping it simple, focusing on compassion, community, and covenant.  One day, I know, we'll be together again.

VIP at Your Seat

Ever Sunday Morning the Church is Open
We have opened our sanctuary for Sunday service with limited attendance (to allow for social distancing)!  As long as the sanctuary remains open, infants, children, and youth are invited to attend with their parents / guardians.  Our VIP Lounge for Very Inquisitive People will not be set up during this time.  But, we will be offering VIP at your Seat.  Outside the sanctuary you will find one of our VIP shelves with grab-n-go worship trays.  Worship tray activities range from finger labyrinths, to color stacking rings, to tangram mandalas - in short, there is something for everyone (even our youngest parishioners)!  If this is something your family is interested in, then you'll need to RSVP to Sunday service every week.  Look to your email for an RSVP link, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us to learn more.  Quick reminder - everyone who is of age, and has the physical ability to wear a face covering, must wear a face covering while inside our building.

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Sunday Service Childcare

Every Sunday Morning the Church is Open (September 12 - November 28)
Ms. Kymm and Ms. Amber are excited to offer Sunday Service Childcare, focused on fun and friendship, during in-person services September 12 - November 28.  All childcare will take place outside, and will follow the same safety guidelines set out for our summer program, Castaway Cove (see guidelines here).  Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, only children 3 and up are eligible for childcare.  Quick reminder - If this is something your family is interested in, then you'll need to RSVP to Sunday service every week.  Look to your email for an RSVP link, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us to learn more.

Sunday Service Childcare

Youth Group Activities

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Junior and Senior High aged youth will enjoy a few off-site Youth Group activities this the fall.  Parents / Guardians of these youth can expect more direct communication about these outings in the coming weeks.  If you would like to ensure you receive communication about these events, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

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Puzzling Postcards

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Puzzling Postcards is a monthly mailer for First Church Families.  Puzzle out your postcards each month and your pride may procure a pizza party with the Grand Poo-Bah, Rev. Connie, and me, Ms. Meredith.  One pizza party planned per month!  Consolation prizes will be passed out to precocious parishioners who puzzled out their postcards, but did not procure a pizza party.  Perplexed?  Additional specifications will be prescribed on the posterior of each postcard. 

Is it the end of September, and has your post not produced a postcard yet?  Or, perhaps, you would like to put a stop to your postcard procurement?  Opt-in / Opt-out here.

Puzzling Postcards

 



Beyond Programming

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...

Intergenerational Services

While people of all ages are welcome to attend worship, at least three times throughout the year, the worship team collaborates to bring you worship designed specifically for the whole family.



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, in collaboration with other ministries within the congregation, sponsors several special events through-out the year — this year, we are already looking forward to Breakfast with Santa (May Be Virtual).  Information about these special events can be found on Family Faith Development's home page throughout the year.

F.F.D. Library

Since we can't gather in our church building at this time, F.F.D. has created a free Virtual Library using Epic!. To gain access this fabulous resources, which includes hundreds of ebooks for children 0 - 13 years of age, including curated reading lists centered on our 7 principles, mental health, and social justice issues, just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ms. Meredith.  We hope, over the coming months, you will find this to be a helpful resource!

Krista Taylor


Krista Taylor Crisis in EducationKrista 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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Available by appointment

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Phone: 513.238.9912

 


Resources

  • My Chalica Book: A Beginner's Guide (Fourth Edition) - Created by me, this booklet contains an introduction to Chalica, a resource page, a brief history of Chalica, and suggestions on how to celebrate and honor each principle with actions, food, gifts, books, and movies.
  • Beyond Ramps and Restrooms - Within this blog you'll find links, resources, reviews and information about today's technology - and how that technology may be used to welcome people with disabilities in our congregations and beyond.