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, September 25
   Gathering
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A

Special Date: Friday, September 30

   SpeakEasy
   7:00 p.m. at the Galway Arms (2442 N. Clark)
   Irish Music with Briste begins at 8:00 p.m.
   (Contact galwayarms@gmail.com to reserve music tickets.)

Sunday, October 2
   Music and Stories from Ireland
   12:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Mondays, October 3–November 7
   Song of Songs Bible Study
   6:308:30 p.m. at Fourth Church

October 21–23
   Young Adults Fall Retreat
   Grand Beach Inn, New Buffalo, Michigan

Saturday, November 5
   GLOW
   8:00 p.m. at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie) 

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Gathering: Why Read the Bible?

Many people have strong opinions about the Bible in our culture. What do you think about the Bible? Why read it?

We can have a lot of baggage with regard to the Bible, maybe based on how people and churches have used it, maybe on our past experiences in churches, or maybe we’re not sure what it means for our lives today.

For our next Gathering series, we’ll explore what the Bible could mean for our lives and what different lenses we might use for reading it. But first, let’s start where we’re at with it and be honest about our questions about the Bible, where we get stuck with it, and what kind of relationship we have with it.

Come join us for this time of dialogue, connection, and community!

Time and place
Sunday, September 25
12:30 p.m. in Room 5A

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September SpeakEasy: Live Irish Music

Our monthly night out for fellowship and drinks is going to be a little different than usual this month. Instead of meeting on the last Thursday of the month, we are going to be meeting on the final Friday so that participants can hear live Irish music performed by Briste, the same group that young adult mission trip participants connected with in Ireland.

This special SpeakEasy will take place at the Galway Arms Pub on Friday, September 30. Our time of fellowship, with bar snacks and drink specials, will still take place on the first floor of the pub from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. If you'd like to hear music, however, you need to purchase a ticket ($10) for a seat in the upstairs concert venue. The performance takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., and you can purchase a ticket at the pub that night, or you can contact the pub to reserve tickets by emailing galwayarms@gmail.com.

Time and place
Special Date: Friday, September 30
7:00 p.m. at the Galway Arms (2442 N. Clark)
Irish Music with Briste begins at 8:00 p.m.
(Contact galwayarms@gmail.com to reserve music tickets.)

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Other Opportunities


Tutoring Opportunities with Chicago Lights

Interested in volunteering and making a difference in a student's life? Chicago Lights wants to recruit 103 new one-to-one tutors by 10/3.

If you or anyone else you know is interested in becoming a tutor, please feel free to share this link to sign up: tutoringnvo2016.eventbrite.com. The next new volunteer training will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room. If you can't make the September 27 training, another will be held on Saturday, October 15.

Time and place
Tuesday, September 27 
6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room

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Music and Stories from Ireland

Several Young Adults participated in a mission-study trip this summer in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The group heard stories from many different perspectives—stories about the difficulty of living in conflict and about the ways individuals and communities have managed to find hope for healing and peace. Participants also had the privilege of experiencing some of the natural beauty of the countryside as well as the cultural wonder of Irish music.

Join us on Sunday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. (in lieu of our usual Gathering) in Buchanan Chapel to hear some of the group's reflections and to experience some great traditional Irish music. Briste Music is a trio of musicians who hosted an evening of music for us in Northern Ireland and whom we will have opportunity to hear at our September SpeakEasy. They've agreed to join us at Fourth Church on October 2 and to gift us with a performance. Members of the summer mission-study trip will also be sharing some words with you.

Finally, if you join us, you’ll have the chance to hear about another exciting mission and travel opportunity that will be taking place next summer, in conjunction with the music ministry of Fourth Church. If you have questions about the event, please contact Hardy (hkim@fourthchurch.org).

We hope to see you in October!

Time and place
Sunday, October 2
12:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

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Why Not Start with Sex? A Song of Songs Bible Study

Interested in studying the Bible more but don't know where to start? Why not start with sex?

Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) is one of the most ancient texts in the Bible, and it's essentially erotic love poetry. For six Mondays in a row, we will be exploring this book at a deeper level, contemplating its complexities, honestly speaking about its beauty, and grappling with the insight it may bring to our faith, relationships, and contemporary culture.

It is encouraged to join all of the sessions in this series, but please come when you can! If you have any questions or ideas you specifically want to explore during one of the weeks, contact Abbi at aheimach-snipes@fourthchurch.org.

Time and Place
Mondays, October 3November 7
6:308:30 p.m. at Fourth Church

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Fall Young Adults Retreat: October 21–23

It's almost time to head back to Michigan for another Young Adults retreat! As always, this is going to be a refreshing weekend of fellowship and recreation, filled with good conversation and meals. In addition, this is a great chance to get to know our new pastoral resident, Abbi.

The theme for our fall retreat is "A Politics of Hope." We're going to dig into the hard reality of our present social and political situation, but not so that we can just lament over all the problems we see there. Instead we're going to see whether our spiritual traditions have any resources we can turn to in times of difficulty or division. We want to see if our faith gives us any reason to hope.

All of this will be taking place Friday-Sunday, October 21-23 at the Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan. We hope to see you all there, so keep your eyes open for an upcoming online registration form so you can sign up soon. If you already know that you're going to attend, you can email Hardy (hkim@fourthchurch.org) now to reserve your spot.

Time and place
FridaySunday, October 2123
Grand Beach Inn, New Buffalo, Michigan

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Get Dressed Up to GLOW . . . and Support Chicago Lights!

Get your early-bird tickets to the Chicago Lights Associates Board's annual cocktail fundraiser, GLOW! This year's event will be at Moonlight Studios, situated in the trendy West Loop. This reclaimed factory offers a sophisticated ambience with modern yet industrial accents that harken back to the building's eclectic history.

This stylish affair will feature delicious appetizers and complimentary beverages, signature drawing packages, and dancing to music by the DJ Firm's own DJ Sye Young. 

Proceeds from GLOW benefit the five programs of Chicago Lights, which works to provide hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty.

Join us at GLOW 2016 and celebrate the difference Chicago Lights makes in our community! Early-bird discounted tickets are available online here through October 23.
  
Time and place
Saturday, November 5
8:00 p.m. at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie)

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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).