FCC Children's Ministry
Sunday Mornings in the Summer
We recognize that summer is often a more relaxed season for our families! On non-communion Sundays* we will be offering special Children's Time during worship for our children ages 3 years to third grade. Children will begin in worship, and then will be dismissed for a brief lesson and outdoor play time (weather permitting).
Children will be returned to the Gathering Space at the end of worship. *June 4, July 2, and August 6 will be Communion Sundays, and we encourage families to attend worship together, as no children's time will be provided.
Family Service Project at Greater Chicago Food Depository
Saturday, July 8 - 11:45 am to 4 pm
Meet at church at 11:45, Work at Depository from 1 - 3 pm
At our Parent Dinner in March, parents shared their desire for opportunities to participate in projects that would help their family put their faith in action in service. Often, age restrictions make it difficult to find projects which would allow our younger children to serve.
We’re pleased to have discovered that The Greater Chicago Food Depository provides special "Kids Days" projects on the second Saturday of the month, where children ages 5 - 11 and their families can participate in meaningful service. We have reserved spots for our FCC families on Saturday, July 8. The group will go to the Food Depository (4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632) and will work from 1 - 3 pm on age-appropriate tasks.
Please sign up at the link below by July 1. Any questions? Contact Amie Laven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-798-2800, ext. 16.
FCC Kids Summertime Fun
Family Movie Night Friday, June 16, from 7-9 pm
This will be a fun night at the Laven’s house. It will be a kid friendly movie along with popcorn and treats. Bring your sleeping bag, wear your PJs and bring a stuffy you can cuddle up with and have fun with other kids. Parents will need to accompany their child, and it will be a fun family night with friends.
Pops in the Park Wednesday, July 19, from 1-2 p.m
Come to Leavitt Park for a midday meet-up with parents and kids to enjoy some play time in the park. Amie will provide popsicles and bring a kickball and some games to enjoy the beautiful day outside.
Friendly Family Kickball on Mustang Field Sunday, August 27 at 11:15 am
The Cheung Family is organizing this fun end-of-summer event! Meet at 11:15 am at Flossmoor Park on Mustang Field. We welcome players or a cheering section. BYO Picnic Lunch and the Cheung Family will provide dessert and drinks. RSVP to Karen Cheung at email@example.com or 814.386.5166.
Help plan other events!
If you or your family would like to organize or invite folks to other summer events for families, we would be happy to spread the word among our church families. Please contact Amie Laven as she would love to support your efforts!
FCC Children’s Ministries Vision
We have a passion to see children follow Jesus every day. Our Children’s Ministries are rooted in the concept that learning to follow Jesus must engage the imagination and hearts of children. FCC offers children creative learning environments, age appropriate teaching methods, worship that engages and inspires, and opportunities to confidently serve others.
We’re excited to share our new curriculum which builds on “Godly Play” ideas and coordinating visual pieces. Children will be led into a deeper dive of the day’s Bible story in a way which captivates their minds and leaves them with wonder in their hearts. Stories are paired with intentionally simple coordinating images. This approach encourages learners to process the story and imagine themselves as a part of God’s story, in which we all belong. And of course, like always, we’ll have fun! Each Sunday we’ll enjoy a creative activity corresponding with our lesson.
OUR PROGRAM YEAR
(September - May)
Each week, Children will start in worship at 10 am, and will be dismissed to attend Children's Worship around 10:20 am. They will be escorted up to their rooms on the second floor of the Education Wing for their own Children's Worship, where they will encounter the stories of the Bible in creative and engaging ways that invite each child to WONDER! Children's Worship will end at 11:15 am (new time) and parents/guardians are asked to come to pick up their children from their rooms.