Welcome to Family Faith Development at First Unitarian Church! 


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If you would like to learn more about Family Faith Development's philosophy and policies, make sure to check out our overview. To learn more about this year's programming be sure to take a look at our prospectus. Below, you will find a description of what each of our programs will be exploring week-to-week, as well as a list of upcoming events and opportunities.

Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me with any questions you may have. 

In faith and service,

- Meredith Plummer, Director of Lifespan Faith Development 


Fall 2021

  • Infant & Up: 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.
  • 3 YO & Up: 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.
  • Jr. High & Sr. High: 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.
  • Whole Families: 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.


 Upcoming and Ongoing Opportunities

 

WELCOME BACK!

It is looking more and more like First Church will be opening (no RSVP required) the first Sunday in December.  Of course, the situation is always subject to change, but if First Church opens December 5, then so will Sunday School.  We'll begin with indoor classes for Infants - Preschool, a class for Kindergarten - 5th Grade, and a class for Junior & Senior High (mask and vax strongly recommended for all who can safely utilize them).  It will likely take some time until we are going "full force" again so F.F.D. appreciates your patience as we start to do what we can with what we got.

Welcome Back

Holiday Hoopla

Have you missed being in community?  Looking to have just a bit of holiday fun?  Then, join Lifespan Faith Development and Community Builders for Holiday Hoopla, Saturday, December 4 from 1 to 3 PM.  This is a celebration for all ages, and it has it all - Decorating the Mitten Tree,* Toy Drive for Project Connect,** Pictures with Santa, Games & Crafts!  This event will utilize First Church's entire grounds, with activities both inside and outside the building.  No RSVP required.  More details to come.

*Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, and jackets collected will be donated to the Children of South Avondale Elementary.
**Project Connects specializes in giving a voice and providing services to unhouse children, and their families, in the Cincinnati Public School District.  Currently, there are roughly 1,700 such families in CPS.

Holiday Hoopla

Cinema Therapy: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cinema Therapy is a multigenerational, multiplatform program that offers screenings and discussions of family friendly movies. In December, we’ll be featuring the 1966 made for TV movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Common Sense Media calls “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” a “classic that's practically required holiday viewing for families that celebrate Christmas."

Join us for an in-person screening on Saturday, December 4 at 3 PM (immediately following Holiday Hoopla), and then a follow-up, online discussion on Saturday, December 11 at 3 PM. Or, you may choose to attend just one, or the other, or neither! Cinema Therapy is designed so you, and those in your household, can (a) enjoy each movie for what it is, and forget about the discussions, (b) get a recap of each movie during each discussion, or (c) enjoy one or both on your own time. You can currently view "How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on YouTube (for purchase), or rent it from the Cincinnati Public Library.

Wish to attend the screening, the discussion, or both? Register by Friday, December 3 at https://tinyurl.com/yyfcrrsw

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A Stuffy Christmas Pageant

Oh come, all ye faithful - First Church is hosting its first multiplatform Christmas Eve service: A Stuffy Christmas Pageant.  Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll to church on Christmas Eve at 4:30 PM - or tune into YouTube with your cuddliest stuffy - and be treated to a very special retelling of the nativity!  Don't worry, we'll have all our traditional Christmas Eve fare as well - 12 Days of Christmas, Silent Night, etc.  Though, some minor changes have been made due to covid (e.g. no candlelight this year).
In Person Stuffy Christmas

Meredith Plummer,
Director of Lifespan Faith Development


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Available by appointment

email

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.