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

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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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,
Matt Helms
, Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry (312.573.3362).