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, July 24
     SpeakEasy and Edwin Send-Off
     7:00 p.m. at Jack and Ginger’s
        (2048 W. Armitage Ave.)

Sunday, July 27

     Gathering: Edwin-Fest
     12:00 noon, Congregational Reception in Anderson Hall
     1:00 p.m., Young Adults Lunch in the Manse

Monday, July 28
     Summer Volleyball
     6:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach

Friday, August 22
     BBQ Throwdown
     Declan’s Irish Pub (1240 N. Wells St.)

Friday, October 3–Sunday, October 5
     Fall Retreat
     Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, Michigan

Back to top


Gathering Discussion

   Sunday, July 27
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

We started out this month of celebrating Edwin’s time with us by asking Edwin questions about his background, his passions, and what he’s doing next (providing leadership at an alternative worshipping community north of Chicago and then helping launch a new church plant in Delaware in November).

We continued last Sunday as Edwin challenged us all to reexamine our priorities and how we live (or don’t live) them out and helped us to feel the beat as part of a drumming circle.

For this final week of Edwin-Fest, we’ll be joining in a special Coffee Hour with the rest of the congregation after the 11:00 a.m. worship service, which will offer opportunity for the whole church to thank Edwin for his service.

Afterwards, Young Adults are invited to stay and share lunch with Edwin following that Coffee Hour. We’ll be gathering in the Manse, where will have some tasty food and good conversation (two of Edwin’s favorite things). So don’t miss out on this fun get-together!

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

Back to top


Monthly SpeakEasy

   Thursday, July 24
   7:00 p.m. at Jack and Ginger’s

      (2048 W. Armitage Ave.)

Join us 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 if you’ve been coming for a long time and is an easy introduction to the group if you’re new!

Join us this month for what will be Pastoral Resident Edwin Estevez’s last SpeakEasy! On Thursday, July 24, we’ll show our appreciation for the good leadership and friendship that Edwin has brought to the group. We’ll be taking over the great patio at Jack and Ginger’s (2048 W. Armitage Ave.)—so come by to enjoy some good eats, one of their many drink specials, and the company of our favorite Latin drummer.

As always, we’re open to suggestions for new places to try for future 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.

Back to top


Other Opportunities

BBQ Throwdown
Volleyball at Oak Street Beach
Fall Retreat
Young Couples’ Groups


BBQ Throwdown

   Friday evening, August 22
   Declan’s Irish Pub (1240 N. Wells St.)

Many of you know that two of the Fourth Church Associate Pastors, John Vest and Hardy Kim, have an ongoing barbecue rivalry. This year, they've decided to hold a public barbecue throwdown, to which everyone at Fourth Church is invited on the evening of Friday, August 22 at Declan’s Irish Pub (1240 N. Wells St.). The proceeds from this event will support the work of Fourth Church’s nonprofit community outreach arm, Chicago Lights.

There will be great food (Southern/American- and Korean-inspired smoked and grilled meats), some good drinks, and the amazing company of your church community and other individuals who support Chicago Lights. Make sure you mark your calendars so you don’t miss this celebration!

Back to top


Volleyball at Oak Street Beach

   Mondays, through the summer
   6:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach

Summer volleyball is held every Monday through the end of the summer. We set up nets on Oak Street Beach for a relaxed, enjoyable evening of volleyball. Don’t worry about skill level—we’re just out there to have a great time and enjoy the beautiful Chicago summer!

Each Monday an email about weather and time updates is sent, so make sure to let Edwin know if you’d like to be on that email list.

Back to top


Fall Retreat
   Friday, October 3Sunday, October 5
   Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, Michigan

It’s time to mark your calendars for another Young Adults retreat. We’ve had some great weekends on our recent retreats, and we’ll be looking to get into some more challenging and meaningful conversations and to build even stronger connections in the group. We’ll also be welcoming in a wonderful new pastoral resident, Layton Williams.

Space will be limited, so make sure to sign up early. Registration forms aren’t available at this time, but email Hardy Kim now to reserve your spot.

Back to top


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.

Back to top


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