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.


Family Neighborhood Groups | Cookies and Cocoa Family Night
Mindful Parenting | Parenting over Pizza
Ice Skating at the Zoo: Round 2 | Save the Dates


Family Neighborhood Groups

Children and Family Ministry is excited to be launching Family Neighborhood Groups this year! These groups will be composed of about four to five families each who all attend Fourth Church, have kids in the same age range, and live within five to ten minutes of each other. Our main goal for these groups is to give you opportunities to connect right where you live rather than asking you to come to the church for small-group family fellowship.

These groups will kick off in mid-February with dinner together out in your neighborhood as a way to help everyone get to know each other. Groups will then continue to get together for social outings or parent discussions throughout the spring.For more information, contact Matt Helms or Briana Belding-Peck.

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Cookies and Cocoa Family Night

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

Feeling the winter blues? What better way to stave off the malaise of grey February weather than with cookie decorating and hot chocolate!

Join us on Friday, February 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room as we stay warm with a grilled-cheese and tomato-soup dinner, hot cocoa, and a wonderful mix of board games, active games, and a lot of winter crafts. We’re hoping for decent weather, but we’ll be prepared no matter what gets thrown at us!

All families are welcome to join us for Family Night, and there is no charge for attending. Parking at the 900 North Michigan garage will be $8 as long as you get a green validation ticket from the church and park in the garage after 5:00 p.m.

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Mindful Parenting

   Sunday, February 21
   9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
   The Loft (fourth floor of Gratz, near Room 4A)

Join us on Sunday, February 21 as Mindful Parenting continues with our new room and new rhythm! 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. (The Loft is at the north end of the hall, just past Room 4A.)

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 you’ll be able to attend!

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Parenting over Pizza

   Sunday, February 21
   12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 4G

Parenting over Pizza is a new, once-a-month opportunity to connect with other parents over lunch. This new series will usually take place on the second Sunday of the month, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 4G—although we will be meeting on Sunday, February 21 for our inaugural gathering, due to the Annual Meeting of the Congregation taking place on Sunday, February 14.

Our monthly time together will open with lunch as a family, followed by a presentation and discussion on various topics. Activities for children will be provided from 12:20 to 1:00 p.m. Planned discussion topics include

  • Nurturing Your Relationship (February 21)
  • Sunday School and Children’s Ministry (March 13)
  • Youth Ministry and Confirmation (April 10)
  • Ritual and Story in Family Life (May 15)

For more information, contact Matt Helms or Briana Belding-Peck.

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Ice Skating at the Zoo: Round 2

   Sunday, February 28
   12:30 p.m.
   Meet at the Lincoln Park Zoo Ice Rink

Extreme cold and illness may have forced us to cancel our skating outing in January, but we’re ready to try again! Join us as we head up to Lincoln Park’s skating rink after the 11:00 Sunday School hour on Sunday, February 28the final day that their rink is open for skating!

Although we’ll need to take separate transportation up there, the rink is on the smaller side, so we won’t have any problems finding one another. Street parking is free on Sundays, and Matt will be buying hot cocoa and skate rentals for anyone who is in attendance; your family would need to cover admission, however, which will be $5 per person skating.

Hope to see you for some skating! For more info, please contact Matt Helms or check out the Lincoln Park Zoo’s website.

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Save the Dates

   Fourth Grade Bibles
   Sunday, April 24

   Kindergarten Bible in Chapel
   Sunday, May 1

   Spring Family Camp
   Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22

   Vacation Bible School
   Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12

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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).