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.


Animal Family Night
Last Day of Our Food Fall Drive
Mindful Parenting

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Animal Family Night

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

They're back! Animal Family Night has always been one of our favorite Family Nights, so, once again, we are partnering with the group Animals for Awareness for another wild evening. Animals for Awareness is a non-profit group that specializes in rescuing exotic animals that people had purchased as pets, only to realize that exotic animals do not make great pets. This year, we'll have animals such as a fennec fox, a coatimundi, a kinkajou, and a giant tortoise!

We will have games and crafts located in the Borwell Dining Room at the start of the night, with dinner around 6:00 p.m. and the animal show beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall.

If you've never been to a Family Night in the past, please know that there is no cost to attend Family Night and there are no RSVPs necessary; we do, however, put out an offering box if you'd like to help us offset the cost. Parking validations are available at the reception desk for $8, provided that you park in the 900 N. Michigan garage after 5:00 p.m.

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Last Day of Our Fall Food Drive

Sunday, November 19
The Nursery and the Fourth Floor of the Gratz Center

Please note that Sunday, November 19, will be the last day that you'll have a chance to donate food to our Sunday School Food Drive to benefit the Social Service Center (I mean, they'll still accept the food, it just won't count towards our important competition against the Day School!). We are now tied 2-2 in our friendly rivalry--let's win this important Game 5!

As a reminder, all food collected during this food drive will be donated to the Social Service Center's food pantry, and the Social Service Center has requested the following items:

Ready-to-eat Items

  • Fruit snacks
  • Pudding packs
  • Granola bars
  • Cracker snack packs
  • Juice boxes or bottled water
  • Any pop-top fruit or veggie
  • Any ready-to-eat pasta
  • Pop tarts

 Staple Baking Items 

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable or cooking oil

Holiday Items (15 oz cans preferred)

  • Canned green beans
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned potatoes
  • Canned corn
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Stove-top stuffing mixes
  • Cornbread mixes
  • Cake or dessert mixes
  • Graham cracker pie crusts
  • Canned pumpkin

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Mindful Parenting

Friday, November 19
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Loft (Fourth Floor Gratz Center)

Join us on Sunday, November 19 as our Mindful Parenting series continues! Mindful Parenting, a class focused on mindful, creative, and effective parenting, will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Loft on the fourth floor of the Gratz Center. 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 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 and interactive, and we hope that you'll be able to attend!

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Save the Date

  • Advent Wreath Workshop: Sunday, December 3
  • Festival of Advent Lessons and Music: Sunday, December 10
  • La Posada Family Night: Friday, December 15
  • Christmas Eve Pageant: Saturday, December 24

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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).