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.


Summer Sunday School
New Day School Summer Fun
Volunteer at Lakeview Food Pantry
Detroit Mission Trip

Family Outdoor Movie Nights

Vacation Bible School


childrenSummer Sunday School

Sundays, June 4 to July 30  
9:30-10:30 a.m. only 
Gratz Center, Fourth Floor 

This Sunday we kick off our Summer Sunday School schedule!

Our schedule through July 30 will be to have classes only during the 9:30 a.m. worship service hour. Ages and grades will also be grouped together differently than they are during the regular school year.

Please note that the grades listed below refer to the grade/class that your child just completed: we don't "graduate" until the start of our regular Sunday School year!

            Preschool: Room 4D
            Kindergarten and First Grade: Room 4E
            Second through Fifth Grade: Room 4F

Additionally, we are in need of Sunday School teachers over the summer! Even if you are only able to help out for one Sunday, we'd be very grateful for your assistance. Our curriculum is easy to pick up and teach, and the classes are a lot of fun. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Matt.


childrenNew Day School Summer Fun

June 6-9 (Tuesday-Friday)
June 19-23 (Monday-Friday)

9:00-11:45 a.m.

New this year--explore the playful summer experience the Fourth Church Day School is offering for three- to five-year-olds! From sandbox castles to bubbles to water play, our teachers have lots of summer fun planned for their bright classroom and amazing sun-filled playground.

These mornings, which will be filled with opportunities for young children to use their imagination, will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up at 11:45 a.m. the weeks of June 6-9 (Tuesday-Friday) and June 19-23 (Monday-Friday). Sign up for one or both weeks!

For registration details and fee information, contact Kathy Hager, Director of the Day School (312.640.2749).


childrenDetroit Mission Trip

June 25-July 1
Presbytery of Detroit
Detroit, Michigan

For the first time ever, Fourth Church's current fourth- through seventh-graders will have an opportunity to serve others through a weeklong summer mission trip. This year, we will be heading to Detroit, Michigan, and partnering with the Presbytery of Detroit to serve local communities through a wide variety of projects.

Our group will be hosted by a church within the presbytery, which we'll use as our home base for showers, meals, and sleeping accommodations, and then we'll head out during the day to both learn and serve.

We will leave for the trip following church on Sunday, June 25, and we will return on Saturday, July 1; Detroit is about a five-hour drive from Chicago.

To register for the Detroit Mission Trip, please click here.  

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childrenFamily Outdoor Movie Nights

Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 
6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Day School Playground

Join us this summer for some fun and fellowship out on the Day School Playground with our Thursday Summer Movie Nights!

Every Thursday in July we'll be projecting a different G- or PG-rated movie onto a screen near the Ditka's wall. Come watch some awesome movies, play on the playground, and catch up with one another over the summer. The best part? It's absolutely free (other than parking, of course)!

Our movie schedule will be

            Thursday, July 6: Moana
            Thursday, July 13: Zootopia
            Thursday, July 20: Finding Dory
            Thursday, July 27: Kubo and the Two Strings         

Movies will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will end around 8:00 p.m. (the actual end depends on the run-time of the particular movie). You are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and you can also bring snacks as well (as long as you make sure to pick up any trash afterwards). Parking at the 900 North Michigan building will be $8 with a validation ticket (as long as you don't enter the garage before 5:00 p.m.).

If it is raining on a particular Thursday, we will just shift to watching our movie inside in the Bumpus Room. It wouldn't be quite as fun as watching outdoors, but the picture and sound quality would be just as good (perhaps even better)!


childrenVacation Bible School

August 7-11
Fourth Presbyterian Church
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day

Vacation Bible School is an action-packed week of learning, singing, and fun here at the church, all centered on a particular biblical theme. This year, we'll be journeying back to ancient Rome--learning about Paul and the growth of the early church while making crafts, playing games in the courtyard, and all the other excitement that VBS usually brings.

We have two different registration deadlines for VBS: an early-bird registration that will save you a bit of money, and our final registration deadline on the last day of July.

Friday, June 30 | Early-bird Registration Deadline 
$25 per child          

Monday, July 31 | Final Registration Deadline
$40 per child

We do not cap our enrollment numbers for VBS, but please remember to register before our deadline on Monday, July 31!

Finally, we are always in need of volunteers, so we'd love it if you, your middle schooler, or high schooler could help with VBS! As an extra incentive, any adult who volunteers for the whole week of VBS can waive their children's registration fee and will receive parking validation tickets for parking each day. If you (or your youth) are interested, please contact Matt Helms.

To register for Vacation Bible School, please click here.   

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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).