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

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

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 19
   Gathering Discussion: Living as Covenant People
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Monday, April 20
   Movie Night at Jon and Ken's: About a Boy
   RSVP to for details and location info

Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26
   Young Adults Spring Retreat
   Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan

Thursday, April 30
   April SpeakEasy
   7:00 p.m., location TBD

Saturday, May 30
   Chicago Lights Associates Board Scavenger Hunt
   12:00 noon, Duffy's Tavern (420 W. Diversey)

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Gathering Discussion

   Sunday, April 19
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

This week we're continuing our back-to-basics Bible study to get us ready for our spring retreat. Last week we unpacked a couple of stories from the Old Testament about covenant and had a great discussion about how our modern notions of commitment and covenant might not line up so neatly with biblical images.
This Sunday we're going to look at some New Testament examples and further our examination of how biblical notions of committed relationship might work to inform our own connections with others, God, and ourselves.

Join us at our regular time and place for what is sure to be another lively discussion!

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

Movie Night at Jon and Ken's: About a Boy
   Monday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
   Email Jon for location details

Jon Kent and Ken Perkins are hosting a movie night for the Young Adults' group. This will be a screening of About a Boy, which is going to serve as one of our background "texts" for our retreat on living as covenant people. This funny and heartwarming story is based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.

People will be gathering at Jon and Ken's apartment at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, and the movie will start at 7:30 p.m.. Please contact Jon by email ( to RSVP, to get directions to their place, and to coordinate snacks.

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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 ( 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, 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   
Team Name: "Young Adults @ Fourth Church"  

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Join the Chicago Lights Marathon Team

This coming Tuesday, April 21 is the last day to register for one of the coveted spots on the Chicago Lights Charity Marathon Team and race as an ambassador for Chicago Lights.

All team members will receive training and fundraising tools, a team technical running shirt, and registration reimbursement for exceeding individual fundraising
goals--plus opportunity to attend monthly meetings offering support up until the day of the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 11.

Participation as a 2015 runner with Chicago Lights also provides opportunities to make new friends while supporting life-changing work--so why not come join us!

If you're interested in taking on this feat and making a difference with Chicago Lights, please contact Allie Williams at 312.981.3383 ( by this Tuesday, April 21.

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April SpeakEasy
   Thursday April 30
   7:00–10:00 p.m.
, location TBD

Later this month, 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.

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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Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt
   Saturday, May 30
   12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.
   Begins and ends at Duffy's Tavern and Grille
(420 W. Diversey Pkwy)

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 30 when you are invited to join the Chicago Lights Associates Board for the inaugural Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt and after party!

The hunt will kick off at Duffy's Tavern and Grille (420 W. Diversey Pkwy) with checkin at 12:00 noon and time to grab a $3 drink special and get your team game face on. Teams will hit the local streets at 12:45 p.m.--team costumes are encouraged!--and follow a variety of quirky and fun clues to earn points as fast as you can. We'll reconvene at Duffy's from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for an after-party with an awards ceremony, a yummy buffet, and continued specials on libations.

You can create your own Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt team of four, or sign up solo and you'll be matched with other folks to share in the sleuthing and snacking.

Discounted tickets--which include entry into the hunt and access to the after-party food buffet--are available until Monday, May 25. Register online here and join us for this fun way to enjoy spring in Chicago!

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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).