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

Thursday, December 18
   SpeakEasy: Advent Dinner and Cookie-Decorating Contest
   7:00–10:00 p.m. in the Manse

Sunday, December 21
   Gathering: Advent Expectations
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Sunday, December 28
   No Gathering


Sunday, January 4
   Gathering Resumes
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Sunday, January 25
   Young Adults Leadership Meeting
   Following the Gathering (around 1:30 p.m.)
   in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

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Gathering Discussion

   Advent: A Season for Expectations
   Sunday, December 21
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

In this new discussion series we’re putting a post-modern spin on the idea that Advent is a season of waiting and preparing. The coming of Christ’s peace and the hope that God gives us are supposed to be meaningful for people of faith. But how can we think about the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love as things that matter to us in a time so far removed from the actual events of the birth of Jesus—in this day between his rising again and his return?

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll be talking about the themes of Advent, drawing upon scripture and on sources from our own times, and we’ll try to formulate real expectations for ourselves—not expectations that will add pressure to our lives or set us up for disappointment but expectations that give us a hope and patience that holds us up against the demands of the world and even our own unrealistic desires. 

No Gathering on Sunday, December 28
Since so many members of our group will be out of town or spending Christmas and the week after celebrating with friends and family, we will not be holding a Gathering session on December 28, the Sunday following Christmas.

We will resume our regular Sunday programming on January 4.

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

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Monthly SpeakEasy

   Advent Dinner and Cookie-Decorating Contest
   Thursday, December 18
   7:00–10:00 p.m. in the Manse

Advent and Christmas are wonderful times to reconnect with friends and loved ones and to celebrate the special meaning of the season in our community of faith. We hope you’ll join us this year for our annual Young Adults’ Advent Dinner. We’ll have food to share, and we’ll play fun Christmas-themed games together. We invite you to bring drinks and desserts to share with the group.

As usual, we’ll be having a contest to see who can come up with the most artful and creative Christmas cookie. So come ready to show off your crafty side in our cookie-decorating contest. We’ll have cookies and icing and other supplies ready for you to use in creating your edible holiday masterpiece, and everyone at the party will help decide a winner.

Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a great evening of Christmas cheer. We’re asking you to RSVP to Hardy Kim so that we can make sure to have enough food and cookies for everyone.

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Other Opportunities

A Conversation about Young Adults Leadership
   Sunday, January 25
   Following the Gathering (around 1:30 p.m.)
   in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Young adults (men and women in their twenties and thirties) have a long history of being engaged in ministry and fellowship at Fourth Church. Over the years, this engagement has been shaped not only by the needs of young adults, but by their vision and leadership as well.

We believe it is once again time to make sure that the vision and leadership of participants in our Young Adults programs are important driving forces in defining what kinds of activities are made available to this population at Fourth Church--and we hope they can help direct the overall ministry of the church as well.

Therefore, we are inviting all those who are interested in providing leadership and support to the programs of Young Adults at Fourth Church to a meeting, to take place following our regular Gathering discussion, on Sunday, January 25. If you wish to participate, you do not need to RSVP; simply remain in our regular meeting space after the Gathering has finished.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you know you would like to participate in leadership but cannot make it to our initial meeting, please contact Hardy or Layton.

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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).