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

This Sunday - December 17, 2017

  • PreK - Sr. High: Misc. - Today, children who have signed up to participate in the Christmas pageant (or those who wish to participate) will hold a rehearsal.  Youth, and children who are not participating in this year's pageant, will be preparing our classrooms for our IHN guests.  Youth who are participating in next week's 10 am service will rehears after church today.

 Upcoming Opportunities

Chalice Lighters Needed!
Our chalice is known by many names.  It is the beacon of hope; the light of truth and freedom; and the cup of compassion.  Would your child like to light it some Sunday?  If so, you may sign them up here: http://bit.ly/2zT0aDw.  This opportunity is available to all children in our faith community, 0 – 18 years of age. 

Do you have a ham?
Parents – Is your child a ham, a natural born performer?  Is your child in PreK – 5th grade?  Is your family free on Christmas Eve?  If you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions, then do we have an opportunity for you!  Rose Conley and I are currently looking for children for our annual Christmas Eve pageant.  Time commitment is minimal (There will be a rehearsal on December 17th), and parts are small, so you and your child won’t be overwhelmed.  If your child is interested, just shoot me an email.

Breakfast with Santa
Santa’s coming!  All children PreK—5th grade are invited to a special breakfast on December 10th, with the big man himself.  RSVP required, and don’t forget to bring a wrapped gift for a homeless child in Cincinnati (label the gift with appropriate age and gender—if any). 

Mitten Tree
It’s time to trim our Christmas tree.  Bring in new or gently used mittens, hats, gloves and scarves on December 10th.  All donations will be given to children at South Avondale Elementary. NEW:  We've just been informed the children at South Avondale Elementary also need coats.  If you have any gently used coats, please bring them with you to church today and the rest of December!

Christmas Eve
Sophia Lyon Fahs said “Each night a child is born is a holy night.”  Join us for two very special intergenerational services as we celebrate this holiday with our children and youth.  Youth will lead the service at 10:00 am, and children will present their holiday pageant at 5:00 pm.

Meredith Plummer,
Director of Family Programming

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Available by appointment


Phone: 513.238.9912



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