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
This Sunday - October 22, 2017
PreK - K: All Around Us - Today children will be introduced to the concept that people are an important part of what it means to be a church or congregation, especially the people who work for the church and take care of it.
1st - 3rd Grade: Acceptance - The session focuses on the third Principle, "Everyone is accepted with love and compassion in our congregation." One of the unique characteristics of Unitarian Universalism is the diversity of beliefs within our congregations. We strive to make everyone feel welcome and accepted regardless of their beliefs. Today, the children will learn and demonstrate acceptance and compassion to everyone through story and games.
- 4th - 5th Grade: Sitti's Secret - In "Sitti’s Secrets” by Naomi Shihab Nye, an American Muslim girl misses her "sitti," or Palestinian grandmother, who lives across the ocean. Today, children will explore Islamic culture with geometrical designs, as they share about their grandparents.
- Jr. High: UUville High School - Youth will continue to make decisions on how the UUville High School should be run.
- Sr. High: Get to Know You - Today, youth will play get to know you games with their new Sr. High Youth advisor, Colleen Culley!
Upcoming OpportunitiesDia de los Muertos
A mixture of ancient Central American and Christian traditions, Dia de los Muertos is a multi-day holiday when family and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. At First Church, we’ve been honoring Dia de los Muertos for several years, in partnership with immigrant communities within Cincinnati. This October 29 children and adults are invited to partake in this joyous cultural celebration. Bring a memento to remind you of a loved one you have lost – a letter, a picture, or an artifact that is significant to you – and come prepared to talk about your loved one! As always, childcare will be offered to families who have children 0 – 3 years of age.
Off to Cuba!
I’m excited to announce that thanks to a dedicated group of staff and lay leaders, we will be sending our Sr. High youth to Cuba in July of 2018. Parents who are interested in having their youth participate should note there is a mandatory informational meeting for both parents and youth on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 pm. If you are not a parent, but are interested in helping the youth reach Cuba, please let me know.
K – 1st OWL
OWL, or Our Whole Lives, is a lifespan sexuality education program. This year, for the first time, we will be offering OWL to children in Kindergarten and First Grade. Now, I know what you may be thinking, “You’re going to tell five year olds all about sex?” Well, yes, and no. OWL is designed to provide children, teens and adults the opportunity to talk about sex and sexuality with knowledgeable instructors and peers in a safe and structured age appropriate environment. For Kindergartners and first graders, that means they talk about things such as Bodies, Families, Feelings and Babies. If you are the parent of a Kindergarten or 1st grader, and are interested in having your child participate in this class, please let me know. Please note that, in order for your child to participate in K – 1st OWL, both you and your child must attend one of the mandatory orientations. See below for dates and details…
- Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – A light breakfast will be served.
- Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Pizza will be served.