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.


Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park | Mindful Parenting
Family Lock-In | Save the Date


Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Sunday, January 22
12:30 p.m.
Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Rather than host our usual third Friday Family Night in January, we will instead head out for one of our favorite January traditions: ice skating after church! This year, we’re planning to try out the new Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park on Sunday, January 22, after the 11:00 a.m. Sunday School hour concludes.

We’ll need to take separate transportation down to the rink (bus lines 146, 147, or 151; there is also a parking garage near the park), but hopefully it won’t be too hard to find each other once we’re there. Please know that while admission is free, skate rentals are $14, so plan to bring your own skates if you can! There’s also a park area nearby, so even non-skaters should have plenty to do. Plus, Pastor Matt will buy a hot chocolate for anyone who’d like one!

We hope to see you for some skating! For more information, contact Matt Helms –or check out the Skating Ribbon’s website.

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Mindful Parenting

Sunday, January 29
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Loft on the Fourth Floor

Join us on Sunday, January 29 as Mindful Parenting kicks off again. Mindful Parenting, a monthly class focused on mindful, creative, and effective parenting, will now be meeting on the third Sunday of each month, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Loft on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center (located just past Room 4A on the north end of the floor).

These 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. Participants will 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 and interactive, and we hope that you’ll be able to attend!

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Family Lock-In

Friday, February 3
Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Anderson Hall

Have you and your family ever been curious what it would be like to spend the night at the church? On Friday, February 3, for the first time ever, we are inviting families to be a part of a huge sleepover at the church!

We’ll start the evening with pizza, some get-to-know-you games, scavenger hunts throughout the church, and a whole lot more! When it’s time for bed, you and your family will be paired up with another family or two in a “cabin” (one of the classrooms on the fourth or fifth floor), and you’ll each have cots to sleep on (although you can bring something nicer if you want!).

Please know that you’ll be able to purchase overnight parking passes for the 900 garage for $17. All food, including dinner and breakfast the following morning, will be provided.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting experiment: we think it’s going to be a blast! For more information, contact Matt Helms or Briana Belding-Peck.

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Save the Date

  • Fourth Grade Bibles—March 19
  • Spring Family Camp—May 19–21
  • Vacation Bible School—August 7–11

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