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 21
     Gathering Series: Questions for Emerging Adults
     1:00 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Sunday, September 28
     Gathering Series: Questions for Emerging Adults
     12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Friday, October 3–Sunday, October 5

     Fall Retreat
     Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, Michigan

Saturday, October 18
   “Night Walk” Service Opportunity
   6:00–9:00 p.m., location to be determined

Saturday, November 8
   GLOW
   8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art

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Gathering Discussion

   Sundays, through September 28
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

   except 1:00 p.m. on September 21
   (following the installation reception for Shannon Kershner)

There are many questions that emerging adults (usually in their twenties and thirties) deal with—about career, relationships, family, location, and their place in the world. Some of these questions are perennial, yet in some ways the nature of emerging adulthood and the shifting context of the world make this a particularly challenging and interesting time to be someone stuck between the certainties of a life defined by parents and schools and the up-in-the-air searches for career, relationship, homes, etc.

During Sundays in September, we’re using our weekly Gathering time to explore some of these areas of struggle and opportunity. Layton Williams and Hardy Kim are leading discussions that ask us to look at the complexities of some of these areas of our lives and to also explore how our faith perspectives might lead us toward some answers.

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, September 25
   7:00 p.m., location to be determined

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!

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.

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Other Opportunities

Fall Retreat
“Night Walk”
GLOW
Young Couples’ Groups


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

Mark your calendars for the Fall Young Adults Retreat on Friday–Sunday, October 3–5. We’ve had some great weekends on our recent retreats, and we’ll be looking to again get into some challenging and meaningful conversations and to build even stronger connections in the group. We’ll also be continuing our welcome of our wonderful new pastoral resident, Layton Williams.

The retreat will be a time for discovering and working on practices of discernment, focusing on questions that emerging adults wrestle with. All the discussions and fun events will be taking place at the Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, Michigan.

Space is limited (and it’s already starting to fill up), so make sure to sign up soon. Registration forms are available here.

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“Night Walk” Service Opportunity

   Saturday, October 18
   6:00–9:00 p.m., location to be determined

Millions of people walk Chicago’s streets alongside us every day, but do we ever stop to consider how the Chicago streets may be experienced differently by those who are experiencing hunger, poverty, and homelessness?

Rachel Duch has worked hard to organize a unique opportunity—a Night Walk—for us to engage this question and get a glimpse outside of our own context.

The Night Walk is an immersive educational experience that allows people the opportunity to learn more about poverty and homelessness in Chicago. We will gain insight into the many systemic causes of homelessness and will gain empathy for those who are street-based, especially youth and young adults. We will be split into small groups of three to four to walk together for three hours observing the streets and will have opportunity to reflect afterwards.

If you’re willing and able to participate, let us know! This will undoubtedly be a powerful and important experience.

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GLOW
   Saturday, November 8
   8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art

GLOW—the annual Chicago Lights Associates Board event that benefits Chicago Lights—is coming up in November. You don’t want to miss this great chance to get dressed up, enjoy a delicious mix of snacks, sweets, and drinks, and mingle with a fun crowd—all to support a great cause!

You can find out more about the event and purchase early-bird tickets at a discount online here.

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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).