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.


Fall Family Camp

   Friday–Sunday, September 26–28, 2014
   Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

This fall, Family Camp will be held at Covenant Harbor in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Families enjoy sharing faith, fellowship, and fun at Fourth Church Family Camp! More information, including a registration form, is available here.

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Parenting in Faith

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

   Sundays, October 5, November 9, and 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

   Sundays, October 12, November 2, and 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

   Sundays, October 19, November 23, and 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, October 26, November 16, and December 28
   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 Lorene Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, and cover key topics, offer practical tools, and are directly applicable to everyday life as a couple.

Topics to be discussed include growing in faith as a couple, understanding our expectations, communicating during conflict, setting boundaries, and prioritizing our time.

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Save the Dates

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).