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.


Pumpkin Decorating Family Night
Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Retreat | Save the Date

Pumpkin Decorating Night

Friday, October 21
Borwell Dining Room
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join us for our first Family Night of the yearour annual Pumpkin-Decorating Night! Fall is one of the best times of year, and we’ll be celebrating it all night with a fall-themed menu, a visit to a “pumpkin patch” (otherwise known as Anderson Hall), and plenty of awesome crafts and pumpkin painting!

If you’ve never been to a Family Night in the past, please know that we always have a shared dinner that starts at 6:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend Family Night, and there are no RSVPs necessary; we do, however, put out an offering box if you’d like to help us offset the cost. Parking validations for $8 are available at the reception desk, provided that you park in the 900 N. Michigan garage after 5:00 p.m.

Hope to see you all thereand even though it’s little too early, we won’t mind if you want to wear a Halloween costume! If you have any questions, please contact Matt Helms or Briana Belding-Peck.

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Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Lock-In

Friday, November 4 to Saturday, November 5
Bumpus Room
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

All current fourth- and fifth-graders are encouraged to join us on Friday, November 4 for our annual lock-in! For those unfamiliar with the term “lock-in,” it is essentially a sleepover at the church. Kids arrive between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and then are picked up the next morning between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Many fourth- and fifth-graders list this as their favorite event of the year—so much so that we’re considering holding one again in the spring, despite Pastor Matt getting too old for these late nights. Some of our activities for the night include

    • A pizza dinner and get-to-know-you games
    • Playing Sardines up on the fourth and fifth floors (basically hide-and-seek with a twist)
    • A flashlight scavenger hunt in the Sanctuary
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of various places in the church (bell tower, choir loft, archives)
    • A movie to end the night

All attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Sunday, October 30. To RSVP, or for more details, please contact Matt Helms.

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Save the Date

  • Friday Family Nights
    • Animal Family Night: Friday, November 18
    • Cradles-to-Crayons Family Volunteer Day: Saturday, November 19
    • Advent Wreath Workshop: Sunday, November 27

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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).