Young Adults

Looking to make deep relationships and grow in discipleship at Fourth Church with others in their twenties and thirties? Consider joining Young Adults!

We are an open, welcoming, and growing community with weekly Sunday discussions, monthly social outings, and a variety of other service/social opportunities.

The easiest way to receive up-to-date information about our group is to subscribe to receive our weekly e-newsletter. To subscribe, email youngadults@fourthchurch.org.


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Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 1
   Gathering: Lenten Series
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Saturday, March 28
   Hospitality Enhancement Workshop
   8:30–11:45 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26

   Young Adults Spring Retreat
   Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan

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Gathering Discussion

   Sundays during Lent
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

The governing documents of our Presbyterian tradition tell us that Lent is “a season of spiritual discipline and preparation, beginning with Ash Wednesday, anticipating the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ.” During this season, traditionally, the observance of Lent has involved the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.   

For our Lenten Gathering series, instead of just talking about the meaning of Lent, we hope you’ll join us for an ongoing reflection on the season and how we can better prepare ourselves to have our own spiritual experience of sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection. In particular, we’re spending time thinking about how we can “die” to our present ways of living and relating so that we can think about how to be reborn to a more spiritually engaged everyday life.

We’re also returning to some ideas that we’ve often discussed as a group—our struggle to deal with the technology that shapes our lives and the flood of information that comes with it.

If you’d like to know more about the Gathering or other Young Adults programs, please contact Hardy Kim.

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Other Opportunities

Hospitality Enhancement Workshop
   Saturday, March 28
   8:30–11:45 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel

The Hospitality Initiative Committee had invited members of Young Adults to join other lay leaders for an interactive workshop--developed as a part of a renewed churchwide commitment to hospitality. Originally scheduled to be held last Saturday, the workshop was rescheduled due to the funeral for baseball legend Ernie Banks that took place at Fourth Church that day. Many ushers and others volunteered for that service and thus wouldn't have been able to join in the workshop.

The workshop will now be held on Saturday, March 28, with a light breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop held from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m.

The invitation to Young Adults still stands, and the rest of the details are the same. RSVP before Friday, March 20 to Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

We hope that you will plan on joining in this valuable leadership development experience!

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Young Adults Spring Retreat
   Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26
   Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan

We know spring is a long way off, but before you know it your calendars will be filling up. To make sure that you can participate in our next retreat, we want to give you advance notice so you can mark your calendar! The spring 2015 Young Adults retreat will be taking place April 2426 at Grand Beach Inn.

We don’t have a retreat theme or registration forms worked out yet, but if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Hardy. We hope to see you all there!

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Young Couples’ Groups

Join a Young Couples’ small group! You do not need to be a member of the congregation to participate in a small group, and these groups are intended for both married and nonmarried couples alike. 

We are also looking for couples who would be willing to lead or colead a small group. This would involve being the contact couple for the group, organizing meetings, and planning activities.

Contact Ken Nicholson to be added to a list of couples or if you have any questions about this ministry.

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For more information about Young Adults, contact Hardy Kim (312.981.3399).