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.

Upcoming Events
TED Talks for Parents
Good Friday Children's Service
Easter Program
Fourth-Grade Bibles
Family Communion Service
Summer Mission Trip
Family Camp
Save the Date

TED Talks for Parents TED Talks for Parents

We are continuing our popular Sunday Morning TED Talk series, this year taking the time to broaden our scope beyond parenting into talking about relationships in a digital age.

Typically held on the first Sunday of the month, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the fourth-floor Loft (but please note we will next meet in Room 5D), TED Talks gatherings offer parents the opportunity to come together for a time of connection and conversation with one another.

Our typical gathering schedule looks like this:

  • Twenty minutes of socializing and meeting other parents
  • Twenty minutes of watching a TED Talk.
  • Twenty minutes in small groups discussing themes and ideas from the talk using a handout with prepared questions

Come join us for coffee, muffins, and bagels and some great conversation!

For more information, please contact Matt Helms.

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Good Friday Children's Service

While it is easy for children to get excited about the celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter, it is very challenging to communicate with them about the dark events of Good Friday as well. Our April 19 Good Friday Children’s Service seeks to engage with children in an appropriate manner about what Good Friday means and why it is so important in the context of the wider Easter message.

This time will look and feel very different from a typical worship service at Fourth Church. It will begin with a short ten- to fifteen- minute Children’s Chapel at the front of the room, but after this opening time families are welcome to explore at their own pace a variety of stations set up around Buchanan Chapel. We will have a mixture of new crafts and old classics ("Hot Cross Buns" and "Bermuda Kites" to name a few), which we hope will help introduce many of the themes and concepts behind Good Friday without being overwhelming.

If you have any questions about this service, please contact Matt Helms or Briana Belding-Peck.

Children’s Good Friday Program
Friday, April 19
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Buchanan Chapel

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Easter Program

Children are always welcome to attend Easter worship in the Sanctuary with their families, but those looking for an alternative Easter experience are welcome to join us on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center for a fun rotation workshop that involves making crafts, meeting biblical characters, and exploring the empty tomb!

Because there are typically lines to get into 9:30 a.m. worship, families are welcome to drop children off for the 9:30 a.m. service beginning as early as 8:30 a.m.

Ages 0-2 First-floor Nursery
Ages 3-4 Room 4B
Ages 5+ Fourth-floor lobby area off the elevator (Room 4C)

Children aged 0-4 will remain in the same room throughout the entire course of the morning and will be picked up where they were dropped off.

Children aged 5+ will participate in the rotation workshop throughout the fourth floor and will finish their morning with an Easter egg hunt located up on the fifth floor of the Gratz Center shortly after 10:30 a.m. If you have a child aged 5+, please plan on coming up to the fifth floor following 9:30 a.m. worship to pick up your child (and join in the search!).

Those wishing to attend the 8:00 or 11:30 a.m. worship services should know that nursery care for infants and toddlers will be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All other children will be invited to attend worship with their parents.

Children’s Easter Program
Sunday, April 21
9:30 a.m. worship only
Fourth Floor Gratz Center

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Fourth-Grade Bibles

On Sunday, April 28, Fourth Church will be celebrating the maturing faith of our fourth graders by giving them their own Bible during worship. Further details will be sent out in an email directly to our fourth grade parents, but I hope that you take the time to congratulate these fourth graders on this important milestone in their faith journey!

If you are a parent of a fourth grader and have not been receiving emails about your child receiving a Bible, please contact Briana Belding-Peck.

Fourth-Grade Bibles in Worship
Sunday, April 28
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship
Meet in Room 4G (9:30), Room 4E (11:00)

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Family Communion Service

Following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday School hour on Sunday, April 28, we will have a unique opportunity for families to learn about and participate in Communion together! Although this event initially began as a way to reach out to second graders who had Catholic friends or classmates who were taking First Communion, families with children of all ages are invited to participate.

We will be gathering from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel, where Pastor Matt will talk about what Communion means in our church and some of the ways in which our understanding is different than other denominations, followed by a time when in which families can celebrate Communion together.

Family Communion Service
Sunday, April 28
12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
Buchanan Chapel

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Summer Mission Trip

This trip is for all youth who will be in grades five-eight in the fall of 2019.

Through our partnership with the Presbytery of Detroit, a team of Fourth Church Youth will spend four days serving and learning around the city, doing such things as sorting clothing donations, landscaping, and serving meals. The trip also includes fun activities like a visit to the Detroit History Museum or a water park (weather permitting).

Pastor Rocky and Pastor Matt will be leading this trip.

To register please click here

The suggested contribution toward the trip’s cost is $250 per person.

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Family Camp

Family Camp is one of our favorite weekends of the year, as dozens of families head north to spend a weekend full of fun and fellowship together. From camp classics like hikes and campfires to activities like rock climbing and canoeing to Sunday morning worship out on the lakefront, there is a lot to enjoy!

If this would be your first time at Family Camp, please know that although the name has "camp" in it, we're not exactly roughing it. We stay in the camp's main lodge in rooms that are akin to hotel rooms—the camp part is strictly outside!

The cost is $300 per room, along with an individual charge per person for food. If you've never been to Family Camp before and have specific questions about the weekend, please feel free to contact Matt Helms.

May 17-19
Covenant Harbor Camp
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

To register for Family Camp, please click here.

Save the Date for Children and Families at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Save the Date

  • Spring Family Camp
    May 17—19

  • Vacation Bible School
    August 5—9

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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).