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

Thursday, May 28
   SpeakEasy
   7:00 p.m., Woodhaven

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

Sunday, May 31
   Gathering
   
12:30 p.m., Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Mondays, starting June 1
   Summer Volleyball
   6:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach

Saturday, June 6
   Training for Fellowship Group Leaders
   9:00 a.m., Room 4G of the Gratz Center
   

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Gathering

Over the past two weeks we’ve been talking about whether some versions of the Bible are better than others. This week we’re going to follow up on comparing different translations and interpretations by looking at the understanding of scripture that’s given to us by our Reformed tradition.

In other words, what do our particular faith values tell us is important about the Bible, and how might those faith values make us read the Bible differently?

In preparation for this week’s discussion, you can check out this video on YouTube (which is part of a longer series of lessons for those seeking to be leaders in Presbyterian churches):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=191&v=gYmyEuy6InU

We're still collecting questions, if you have them, so send them to Hardy or Layton if you still wish to contribute a topic or thought.

If you have questions about our weekly Gathering time together, please contact Layton. This weekly discussion and connection time is open to all young adults, so even if you've never been it's always a good time to jump right in and get to know the group.

Time and Place  
Sunday, May 31    
12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center 

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May SpeakEasy: Woodhaven

Warmer weather seems slow to come this May--but we're still hopeful that we can have a nice evening at the end of the month as we gather for drinks and snacks at one of our regular neighborhood spots. Come enjoy the evening with us next Thursday as we enjoy the open-air seating at Woodhaven (712 N. Clark). We'll also have some drink specials and plenty of their tasty bar snacks.

This will be a great time to reconnect with other YAs before everyone heads off for summer travels and adventures. We'll also be talking about future plans related to service and to our social gatherings for the summer.

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.

Time and place
Thursday, May 28 
7:00 p.m. at Woodhaven (712 N. Clark)

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Other Opportunities


Summer Volleyball at Oak Street Beach!

Summer volleyball will be back on the Monday after Memorial Day and will continue every Monday through the end of the summer. We will 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 will be sent, so make sure to let Layton know if you'd like to be on that volleyball email list.

Time and place
Every Monday during summer, starting June 1
6:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach

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Chicago "Search" Lights Scavenger Hunt

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!

Time and place
Saturday, May 30
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Begins and ends at Duffy's Tavern and Grille (420 W. Diversey Pkwy)

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Training for Fellowship Group Leaders

L.E.A.D. Ministry, a group that works to equip leaders in our congregation to enhance their ministries, is offering a leader training for those involved with fellowship groups at Fourth Church. This training will be taking place Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in Room 4G of the Gratz Center.

The workshop will focus on practical and useful topics as well as identify resources of the church that can support participants as they lead fellowship groups. Examples of topics covered include hospitality best practices; use of the church's technology; handling difficult situations; how best to publicize programs; the nuts and bolts of leading a group; and more.     

Members of L.E.A.D. Ministry, along with members of staff, are working to prepare this workshop for those interested.  Members of Young Adults at Fourth Church who are interested in this workshop should contact Hardy or Layton.

You can also receive more detailed information by emailing the Program Manager for Congregational Life, Anne Ellis, at  aellis@fourthchurch.org. 

Time and place
Saturday, June 6 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room 4G of the Gratz Center

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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).