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 Donations
A Very Magical Family Night
Mindful Parenting

Cradles to Crayons Volunteer Day
Save the Date


childrenLenten Donations

Begins Sunday, March 5
Fourth Floor Gratz Center

If your family is looking for ways to help out other families in need--both locally and around the world--we'd love your help with two different donation campaigns that we'll be running throughout the month of March:

  • Many of you are already familiar with our One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Banks. We are encouraging all kids to collect loose change throughout Lent to help families and children around the world get food, clean water, and access to disaster relief. You can pick up a Fish Bank from our Sunday School classrooms; these banks will be returned to the church on Palm Sunday as a part of our offering during worship that day.
  • We will also be collecting gently used clothing, toys, and school supplies for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization seeking to provide essential items to thousands of children throughout the city of Chicago. For a full list of needed items, please click here. These items can be dropped off on the fourth floor each Sunday in March; they will be delivered directly to Cradles to Crayons on our Volunteer Day on April 1.

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childrenA Very Magical Family Night

Friday, March 17
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Borwell Dining Room

We're delighted to welcome back one of Chicago's best children's magicians for our March Family Night—a night that just so happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day! The Great Scott is a Chicagoland magician who has appeared on CBS, FOX, NBC, and WGN—and we're excited to see what he has up his sleeve (both literally and figuratively) as we celebrate all things Irish!

We'll begin with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room, and then we'll head over to Anderson Hall for an hour-long magic show after we wrap up. The show promises to be fun for both kids and adults alike, so we hope you'll stop on by for a night of laughter and fun.

If you're interested in a brief preview of what's in store, here's a clip from an appearance The Great Scott did on WGN during last year's St. Patrick's Day. 

As a reminder, parking at the 900 N. Michigan garage will be $8 with a validation from the church if you park after 5:00 p.m.

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childrenMindful Parenting

Sunday, March 26
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Loft (Fourth Floor, near Room 4A)

Join us on Sunday, March 26 for another installment of Mindful Parenting, a monthly class focused on mindful, creative, and effective parenting.

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 though

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childrenCradles to Crayons Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 1
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 
4141 W. George St.
Chicago, IL 60641

As part of our ongoing commitment to practice being Jesus' disciples by helping others in need, we're excited to announce that we will once again be volunteering at Cradles to Crayons on April 1!

Cradles to Crayons specializes in helping to get new or gently-used clothing and supplies into the hands of people who need it the most, and they are also unique in that they have special family days in which kids ages five and up can volunteer with their parents!

We will be collecting clothing and supply donations throughout the month of March and then on April 1 we have more than thirty spots available for families to do hands-on volunteer work to help make sure that kids across our city are getting quality clothing, toys, and supplies.

If you and your family would like to help volunteer for our two-hour shift on Saturday, April 1, RSVP to Briana Belding-Peck!

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Save the Date

  • Fourth Grade Bibles in Worship—April 23
    (rescheduled from an earlier date)
  • Family Communion Event—April 30
  • Kindergarten Bibles in Chapel—May 7
  • Spring Family Camp—May 19-21
  • Vacation Bible School—August 7-11

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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).