Special Events for Children and Families

Children and Family Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church is active, exciting, and growing every year. Please join us for these and other events to share fellowship, expand your circle of friends at church, and grow in Christ as a family.


La Posada Family Night
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Christmas Dinner
Parenting in Faith Programming
Save the Dates

La Posada Family Night

   Friday, December 19
   5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
   Borwell Dining Room

Join us on Friday, December 19, as we celebrate Christmas with our La Posada Family Night, a unique tradition from Latin America.

La Posada is a journey that families take throughout the church, knocking on doors in the Gratz Center as they look for "room at the inn" just like Mary and Joseph did more than 2,000 years ago. Your family will visit several "inns" before heading back down to the final door: the Borwell Dining Room, where we'll have a shared dinner.

After dinner, we'll head over to Anderson Hall for some games, breaking piñatas (always a popular part of the evening!), and singing Christmas carols.

Hope to see you there!

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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

   Sunday, December 21
   12:10 to 12:30 p.m.
   Sanctuary

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, December 21, when we will gather in the Sanctuary following the 11:00 a.m. worship service to briefly rehearse our Christmas Pageant.

If your child is in choir, or if you've never been to the pageant before and would like to learn more, we hope that you'll be able to join us. This won't be a lengthy process-- I promise!-- but it is a really nice way to make sure we are prepared for one of our favorite nights of the year.

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Christmas Dinner

   Thursday, December 25
   12:15 p.m.
   Anderson Hall

Join Fourth Church for a traditional Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 25 at 12:15 p.m. in Anderson Hall. A delicious menu of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, fall vegetables, cornbread, and fruit cobbler will be served. 

All are invited to enjoy this time of fellowship and joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ!

Register, with cash or check only, in person at the Fourth Church reception desk. The dinner is $15 per adult, $5 per child (ages 5–12), and free for children under five. The total cost for a family, regardless of the number of children twelve years and younger, is $35.

For more information, please call the Fourth Church receptionist at 312.787.4570.

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Parenting in Faith

Become a More Mindful Parent
Led by Sue Schemper, educator and spiritual director

   Sunday, December 7
   9:30–10:30 a.m.
   Room 4G

“Mindful Parenting” is a monthly series centered on mindful, creative, and effective parenting. Participants explore a variety of topics, from discipline techniques that develop responsibility to creating a family culture that supports each member in becoming who God intends them to be. The format of each session is thought-provoking, meditative, and interactive.

Hosted by the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being in collaboration with Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, sessions are led by Sue Schemper, a spiritual director and an educator who has worked for more than thirty-five years with children, parents, and teachers. She is the parent of Ben, Jake, and Pete, her most influential teachers on the subject of parenting.


Grow in Your Faith

   Sunday, December 14
   9:30–10:30 a.m.
   Room 4G

Each month we focus on a different aspect of our own faith as parents so we can be better equipped to help our children develop their faith.

The fall sessions focus on the question, What does our family believe? At the conclusion of three sessions, a family faith statement will be written as parents feel more comfortable tackling some of the big questions about God that children often ask. Topics to be covered will be

  • What does our family believe about God? About Jesus? About the Holy Spirit?
  • How do we pray as a family?
  • How does the story of the Bible become our story?
  • How do we cultivate a spirit of service and compassion as a family?


Connect as a Community

   Sunday, December 21
   9:30–10:30 a.m.
   Room 4G

Have you been smiling at the same parents as you pass them in the hall each week but still don’t know their name? Parents lead busy lives, and Sunday morning is no exception. One Sunday each month, there is intentional opportunity for parents to get to know other parents at Fourth Church during a time of casual conversation and fellowship. Discussion is led by parent hosts and based on the book Children Learn What They Live. No prereading is required; parents read and discuss a pertinent parenting topic or anything else that is on their mind.


Enrich Your Relationship as a Couple
Led by Rachael L. Miller, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.

   Sundays, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26
   9:30–10:30 a.m.
   Room 4G

“Enriching Relationships” is a series for partners and spouses who want to grow and deepen their relationship. Classes are taught by Rachael L. Miller, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., from the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, and cover key topics, offer practical tools, and are directly applicable to everyday life as a couple.

Schedule
January 25: Managing Conflict
February 22: Understanding Expectations
March 22: Prioritizing Our Time, Part 1
April 26: Prioritizing Our Time, Part 2

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Save the Dates

Festival of Advent Lessons and Music
     Sunday, December 14
     6:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant
     Wednesday, December 24
     4:00 p.m.

No Sunday School
     Sunday, December 28 or Sunday, January 4

Spring Family Camp
     FridaySunday, May 2931, 2015

Vacation Bible School
     MondayFriday, August 1015, 2015

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For more information about Children and Family Ministry,
contact Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Family Ministry (312.573.3362).