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.


Lenten OGHS Fish Banks
Palm Sunday Processional
Parenting in Faith Programming

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Lenten OGHS Fish Banks

     Starting on Sunday, February 22
     Fourth floor of the Gratz Center 

The start of Lent also means one of our favorite Lenten traditions: fish banks! These small cardboard banks are distributed each year to collect money for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that is used to support disaster and hunger relief in countries across the globe. 

Fish banks will be available starting on Sunday, February 22, on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center (some assembly required!). Your family is invited to take a bank home for each of your children and to explain to them that any money that they put in during Lent will be used to help people in need around the world. We will then collect the banks on Palm Sunday, when they will be brought forward as an offering during the children's processional in worship.

This One Great Hour of Sharing offering is distinct from the offering that we collect in Children's Chapel every week for the four children that we sponsor, but you can let your children know that it is doing very similar work: giving people food, clean water, and other necessities in times of trouble.

If you'd like more information about OGHS Fish Banks, please contact Matt Helms.

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Palm Sunday Processional

   Sunday, March 29
   9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services

Our Palm Sunday Processional is an incredible sight--about a hundred children marching down the center aisle of the Sanctuary, waving palms in the air and carrying fish banks as an offering. It also requires an incredible amount of logistics, so we ask that you read the following information very carefully!

Prior to the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services, all students will gather in their usual classrooms on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. Classes will then be led by their teachers down through the Loggia and into the Narthex a few minutes before worship begins.

If possible, please try to arrive early to help with the transportation process! If you are running late, we ask that you wait with your child in the Loggia area (the hallway next to the Sanctuary) until his or her class arrives -- each class will be holding signs to help you identify where your child belongs. Parents of infants and toddlers are also welcome to wait in the Loggia area and then to process with the Sunday School classes while carrying their children.

If you have been filling up a fish bank throughout Lent, please remember to bring your fish banks with you on Palm Sunday! These banks will be carried down the center aisle as an offering during the morning’s processional.

Sunday School classes will still occur following the processional, and you will still pick your children up from their usual classrooms on the fourth floor following the service.

Thanks in advance for helping make Palm Sunday an incredible experience for all!

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Parenting in Faith

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

   Sunday, April 12
   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.

Connect as a Community

   Sunday, April 19
   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.

   Sunday, 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.

April 26: Prioritizing Our Time, Part 2

Grow in Your Faith

   Sunday, May 3
   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 spring sessions will equip parents to handle the tough questions that children often ask, questions like

  • Who is God?
  • What is the Holy Spirit?
  • Where do we go when we die?

Participants will explore ways to balance their busy lives, keeping faith at the center rather than on the edge while keeping control of their true priorities. They will also learn ways to incorporate prayer and the Bible in their family life, cultivate a spirit of service, and keep their teens and tweens involved in church.

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Save the Dates

Children's Good Friday Service
     Friday, April 3
     5:30–6:30 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel

Easter Sunday Service for Children
     Sunday, April 5
     9:30 a.m.
     Fourth Floor, Gratz Center

Bring Your Story to Life Night
     Friday, April 17
     5:30–7:30 p.m.
     Borwell Dining Room

Kindergartners Receive Bibles
     Sunday, April 26

Family Communion Event
     Sunday, April 26
     12:15–1:00 p.m.
     Buchanan Chapel

Last Day of Sunday School
     Sunday, May 17

Spring Family Camp

     FridaySunday, May 2931, 2015
     Covenant Harbor Camp, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Vacation Bible School
     MondayFriday, August 1014, 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).