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.


Upcoming Events | Gathering Discussion | SpeakEasy
Other Opportunities | Full Event Calendar


Upcoming Events


Thursday, March 26
   March SpeakEasy
   7:00–10:00 p.m., location TBD


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

Young Adults Leadership: Organizing Our Team

Last week we had a constructive meeting at which several group members who are willing to help lead the group convened to share some more concrete ideas about how to move ahead. Following some discussion we began to use an online project management tool (asana.com) to organize everyone interested into the following groups

1. Outreach and discipleship
2. Connection to the wider Fourth Church community
3. Service and mission
4. Enrichment and education

These groups are now beginning to explore possibilities and gather ideas for two or three projects each. The groups and projects are intended to continue through the spring of this year.

If you want to check out the team site on asana.com, just download the app on your phone or computer and search for "Young Adults @ Fourth Church." You can make a request to join the team, and then (once approved) you can assign yourself to any of the teams and join in the exchanges that will soon be starting. If you have questions about participating or can't get the app to work properly,, contact Hardy or Layton.
    
Online Team Site  
asana.com   
Team Name: "Young Adults @ Fourth Church"  

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Join the Chicago Lights Marathon Team

As we shared previously, Chicago Lights is once again participating in the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a charity partner. With the lottery now open, we are actively recruiting runner-fundraisers to take part in this year's amazing event with us.

They have received twenty guaranteed entries for this fall's event and are looking to award these coveted spots to those interested in racing as ambassadors for the organization and to raising a designated amount on behalf of Chicago Light. Funds raised will directly impact programs focused on education and literacy, hunger and homelessness, and arts education that touch more than 4,000 lives annually.

Chicago Lights is also hoping to add to the team additional runners accepted via the lottery who are interested in being a part of this amazing experience.

They are happy to provide training and fundraising tools to all Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team members and will be hosting monthly meetings to offer ongoing support up until race day. Participation as a 2015 runner with Chicago Lights also provides opportunities to make new friends while supporting life-changing work.

If you're interested in taking on this feat and making a difference with Chicago Lights, please contact Kate Solis Silva at 312.981.3564 or ksolis@chicagolights.org.

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March SpeakEasy
   Thursday, March 26
   7:00–10:00 p.m., Keenan O'Reilley's (3916 N. Ashland Ave.)

On Thursday, March 26, we’ll gather for SpeakEasy, our monthly night out at a Chicago establishment for food, drinks, and fellowship. SpeakEasy is a great way to catch up with friends, to meet new ones, and to invite your friends and coworkers to check out the great fellowship we enjoy! We hope that this month, we’ll be able to celebrate the arrival of spring. But even if our spirits are crushed by more winter weather, we’ll at least have some tasty food waiting and some drink specials too, so come and join in the fun.

Remember, we’re open to suggestions for new places to try for our SpeakEasies, so if you have any ideas (or you just want to return to a past site), please let Hardy know so that we can get some space reserved.

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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 Monday, March 23 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).