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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Other Opportunities | Full Event Calendar


Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 25
   Gathering Series: Leadership
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Thursday, January 29
   January SpeakEasy
   7:00–10:00 p.m. at Galway Bay
      (500 W. Diversey Ave.)

Saturday, January 31
   Hospitality Enhancement Workshop
   9:00–11:45 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel

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

Friday, February 20
   Karaoke Night for Chicago Lights
   6:30–9:30 p.m. at Blokes and Birds
      (3343 N. Clark St.)

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

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Gathering Discussion

   Sundays, January 4–25
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

We are surrounded by models of leadership in our daily lives. From the political to the corporate sphere, there is talk of the need for leadership; in sports as well as in civic life, we admire those who display good leadership; and in social organizations, from community outreach networks to families, we talk about trying to make ourselves better leaders. Sometimes, with all the different models of leadership and the underlying ethics that inform them, it’s hard to figure out what good leadership should look like in our own lives.

As we start out 2015 together, a year in which we have the chance to rethink what leadership can look like for young adults at Fourth Church, we’ll take some time to talk about what leadership can look like for faith communities.

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

   Thursday, January 29
   7:00–10:00 p.m. at Galway Bay
      (500 W. Diversey Ave.)

SpeakEasy, which is our monthly night out at a Chicago establishment for food, drinks, and fellowship, is a great way to catch up with friends, meet new ones, and invite your friends and coworkers to check out the great fellowship we enjoy!

This month our SpeakEasy will take place on January 29 at Galway Bay (500 W. Diversey Ave.). We’ll be holed up in this cozy spot to get away from the cold weather, share some snacks and a drink, and maybe even get into one of their old-school video games.

As always, 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 a space reserved.

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Other Opportunities

Hospitality Enhancement Workshop
   Saturday, January 31
   9:00 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel

The Hospitality Initiative Committee is inviting members of Young Adults to join other lay leaders for an interactive workshop—developed as a part of a renewed churchwide commitment to hospitality—on Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m.

Shannon Kershner, Joyce Shin, and other leaders will lead participants in conversation about

  • the Hospitality Vision for Fourth Church
  • new churchwide hospitality standards
  • our role as leaders
  • future steps to enhance and to sustain our culture of hospitality

Continental breakfast, coffee, tea, and, most valuably, time with one another will be provided. 

You are invited to RSVP by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

This is a chance for you to contribute to Fourth Church’s effort to offer warm and high-quality hospitality to friends and strangers. We hope you’ll join us!

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Young Adults Leadership Organizing Meeting    

   Sunday, February 1
   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’re 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, February 1. 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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Karaoke Night for Chicago Lights
   Friday, February 20
   6:30–9:30 p.m. at Blokes and Birds
      (3343 N. Clark St.)

Back by popular demand, the Chicago Lights Associates Board is once again stepping up to the mic to belt out songs and raise funds for the programs of Chicago Lights, the community outreach organization at Fourth Church!

You’re invited to join the Associates Board on Friday, February 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blokes and Birds (3343 N. Clark St.) to sing to your favorite tunes, cheer on your friends, and help provide hope and opportunity to those facing the challenges of poverty in Chicago. 

Putting the fun in fundraising, Karaoke for a Cause is one of the Associates Board’s most popular signature events each year. This February’s event is set to be even more fabulous as we raise additional funds to have Stacy Jackson, Chicago Lights Executive Director, take the stage and sing for the crowd. 

Last year’s event packed the house, so make sure to get your tickets early! Tickets are available online here.

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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).