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.

Advent Wreath Workshop
Parenting in Faith Programming
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Advent Wreath Workshop

   Sunday, November 30
   10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
   Parish House Dining Room

Follow your noses on the first Sunday of Advent down to the Parish House Dining Room for our annual Advent Wreath Workshop! Families are encouraged to drop by after the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School hours to construct Advent wreaths using live greens and to learn more about the meaning of each of the four candles we light throughout the Advent season.

We ask that you decorate one wreath together as a family.

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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.

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

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).