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, December 4
   Gathering
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A

Mondays
   Bible Study
   6:308:30 p.m. at Declan's Irish Pub (1240 N. Wells)

Thursday, December 8
   Advent Dinner and Gingerbread-house Decorating
   7:0010:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall 

Sundays, December 25 and January 1
   No Gathering

Sunday, January 15
   Mission Trip Informational Meeting
   1:30 p.m. (or after Gathering) in Room 5A 

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Advent Gathering Series: What's Up with That Innkeeper?   

For the next three Sundays, our Gathering will focus on Advent. We'll be reading some poems from the book Faces at the Manger by J. Barrie Shepherd, which you can find here if you're interested in getting your own copy. (This is completely optional, though.) Each section focuses on different characters and perspectives of the Christmas narrative, offering a fresh look at a very familiar story.
This Sunday we'll read an imagined poem of what the innkeeper could have been thinking when he rejected Mary and Joseph. Why would he have turned God-in-utero away? Join us as we explore and wonder and question together.

Also, with Christmas and New Year's Day landing on a Sunday this season, there won't be a Gathering after the 11:00 a.m. service on December 25 or January 1. We hope to see you at church anyway, though!

Time and place
Sunday, December 4
12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

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December SpeakEasy: Advent Dinner
   and Gingerbread-house-decorating Contest

It's time to make plans for our annual tradition of celebrating the Advent season with a dinner and some cookie decorating. This year we're excited to partner with the Chicago Lights Associates Board for an even bigger dinner and expanded gingerbread-house-decorating contest!

This year's edition of this seasonal get-together will be happening a little earlier than usual: Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall (where Sunday morning Coffee Hour usually takes place). Mark your calendars now, and reserve your spot using the following link:  https://goo.gl/CV1uHS. We'll be providing drinks and a couple of different main courses, and we're looking forward to enjoying the sides and desserts that you'll bring to share (please indicate what you'll bring by using the same link). You won't want to miss this great evening of almost-Christmas cheer!

This year the cookie decorating contest will be done using gingerbread house kits (which we will provide). So come ready to show off your Christmas craft skills! We think this joint event is going to be an even more joyful time of sharing than usual, so make sure you don't miss this evening of holiday cheer.

Time and place 
Thursday, December 8
7:0010:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall

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Other Opportunities


Bible Study Continued: Exploring the Christmas Stories

Our most recent six-session Bible study has been such a meaningful time learning and growing from each other's questions and perspectives on the Bible that we've decided to keep it going!

With the holidays coming up, we've decided to explore the Gospel stories about Jesus' birth, comparing and contrasting them and revisiting how these stories impact our faith.

Bible study can be a great way to ask questions together, be creative as we encounter contradictions and new perspectives in scripture, and open ourselves up to new insights about Jesus. Plus, there's the added benefit of just getting to know one another and being surrounded by people of faith on this whole Jesus-following journey together.

Elaine Tierney and Josh Hoering will be co-leading and organizing this Bible study, so email them with any questions if you have any. All are welcome!

Time and Place
Mondays
6:308:30 p.m. at Declan's Irish Pub (1240 N. Wells)

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Looking Ahead: Summer Mission Trip   

Last year some of the Fourth Church Young Adults traveled internationally to Northern Ireland, where we learned about the peace and reconciliation process and history there. This year we're looking into going on a delegation with BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, to learn more about immigration, the challenges and dangers immigrants face, and the amazing work faith communities can do to respond and help.

BorderLinks' history is tied to the Sanctuary Movement that housed undocumented immigrants resisting deportation in the 1980s, and which is still going on today in a similar but slightly different context. You can read more about BorderLinks here.

If you're interested in learning more about this trip, here are some dates to keep in mind.

  • Trip informational meeting: January 15
  • Deadline for trip sign-ups and commitment: January 30
  • Possible trip dates: second week of July

Email aheimach-snipes@fourthchurch.org  if you have any questions now or if you're interested in going.

Time and Place
Informational Meeting
Sunday, January 15
1:30 p.m. (or after Gathering) in Room 5A

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Young Couples’ Groups

Join a Couples 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.

To join a group or for more details, please contact Ken Nicholson.

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