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

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 29
   12:30 p.m. in Room 5A of the Gratz Center

Thursday, December 3
   Emerging Leaders Networking Event
   6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Shop (921 W. Armitage)

Saturday, December 5
   Santa Hustle
   9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field

Thursday, December 17

   SpeakEasy: Advent Dinner and Cookie-Decorating Contest
   7:00-10:00 p.m. in the Manse (Parish House, First Floor)

July 2016
   Mission Trip to Northern Ireland
   Contact Hardy Kim for details
     Register online at

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Gathering: God with Us

If you're in town for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we hope you'll join us as we start off a new Gathering series. We're going to build on our recent conversations about God and God's relationship to creation and the evil that is in the world. We'll approach some of these same questions through the story of Jesus Christ and his entrance into creation and to human experience.

Join Hardy Kim ( and Layton Williams ( this Sunday as we talk about what it means for Jesus Christ to be present in the same reality as humanity. We'll talk about the one who is Emmanuel: God with us.

If you have questions about our weekly Gathering, please contact Layton. This weekly discussion and connection opportunity 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, November 29    
12:30 p.m.
Room 5A of the Gratz Center

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December SpeakEasy:
Advent Dinner and Cookie Decorating

Join us on Thursday, December 17 for an evening of Advent festivities. Mark your calendar now and RSVP to Hardy Kim well in advance so that we can make sure to have enough food for everyone. You won't want to miss this great evening of almost-Christmas cheer!

This annual time of young adult fellowship and holiday celebration will start at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor of the Manse in Parish House. We'll have food to share, and we'll play some fun Christmas-themed games together. We're also asking you to help provide hospitality to the group by bringing a side or a dessert; signups for these items will be provided to those who RSVP.

As usual, we'll be having a contest to see who can come up with the most artful and creative Christmas cookie, so come ready to show off your crafty side in our cookie-decorating contest. We'll have cookies and icing and other supplies ready for you to use in creating your edible holiday masterpiece, and everyone at the party will help decide a winner.

Time and place 
Thursday, December 17
7:00-10:00 p.m. in the Manse

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Other Opportunities

Mission Trip to Northern Ireland

This July 8-16 mission trip to Northern Ireland has been organized by Fourth Church specifically for Young Adults. It offers an opportunity to learn from encounters with both historic and contemporary expressions of Christian witness in Northern Ireland, so that we can gain resources for dealing with societal division and conflict.
The registration deadline for this trip is coming up in mid-January, so now is the time to start thinking about planning to join us!

Our trip will include visits to key places of Christian witness in the Celtic church and exploration of their legacies; learning about Celtic spirituality and how it is lived out by Christians in Ireland today; a closer look at the impact of Ireland's religious, political, and ethnic conflict as a way to understand conflict in other settings; reflection on the gospel imperative to work for peace and reconciliation, how it is being pursued in Northern Ireland, and opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding in their own settings. At the same time we'll also get to see how churches like ours can support the wider mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its partners.   

We'll visit Dublin, Belfast, Newgrange, Corrymeela, Derry, Omagh, and the Giant's Causeway. Hosts will include Doug Baker of the PC(USA) staff; Bill Shaw, Director of 174 Trust; Grace Clunie, Director of the Center for Celtic Spirituality; and Jon McCourt, former IRA combatant and peace and civil rights activist. Overnight accommodations will be in group hostels and bed-and-breakfast locations. 

This trip will be led by Hardy Kim ( and Layton Williams ( If you have questions, you can contact either of them.

You can also find details on our website as well as register online: 

Dates to Save
Northern Ireland Mission Trip
Leaving Chicago July 8, 2016 (evening), returning July 16 (morning)

Participants must register online by January 15, 2016.

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A Conversation about Faith and Leadership

The Emerging Leaders Network is a group convened by a group of mainline churches in Chicago and the north suburbs. It hopes to gather young professionals of faith so that they can learn from successful professionals in Chicago who have lived faithfully and so they can connect with each other to build meaningful relationships and community.

Young Adults at Fourth Presbyterian Church has agreed to work with the Emerging Leaders Network to help host a series of events that will put individuals in touch with business and professional leaders in the city who try to live in faithfulness to their own religious traditions. These discussion and networking events are now being held several evenings a year.

The latest event will feature the current President of the Chicago Lights Board, John Borovicka. John is also an elder at Fourth Church. You can find out more about him online here.

You're invited to come get to know John, learn from his experience, and network with many other young professionals from all over Chicago.

We'll be meeting in a great new casual space: the Chicago Bar Shop (921 W. Armitage), just next to the Armitage Brown Line stop. The $10 donation will cover you for light bites and beer and wine.

Contact Hardy Kim ( with questions, or to be added to the guest list.

Time and place  
Emerging Leaders Networking Event
Thursday, December 3
6:00 p.m. at Chicago Bar Shop (921 W. Armitage)

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Do the Santa Hustle for Chicago Lights!

An annual Chicago holiday favorite is back! Chicago's Santa Hustle is taking place next Saturday, December 5 at Soldier Field, and the Chicago Lights Associates Board will once again create a team in support of the programs of Chicago Lights! You're invited to join the fun or donate to their running efforts.

To sign up to run or walk the 5K with the Associates Board, simply go to the event website (and use the coupon code CHICAGOLIGHTS15):

Once you've registered, you can set up a personal fundraising page here: Just click on "Become a Fundraiser." From there, you can personalize your page and begin raising funds for Chicago Lights!

Finally, maybe train a little. If you want. After all, they do have cookies on the course.

If you want to support the efforts of the team but don't want to run or walk, you can donate funds online here.

Our fundraising goal for this event is to raise $4,000. All the money we raise will go to Chicago Lights, and your $35 registration fee goes to the American Cancer Society, so 100 percent of the money does something great!

As an added bonus, a donor has committed to contributing $100 to Chicago Lights for runners that raise at least $200 for Chicago Lights through their page and also run with a non-Christmas costume on race day. What's not to love about this awesome event!

For more information, contact Allie Williams (312.981.3383).

Time and place
Saturday, December 5
9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field

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Young Couples’ Groups

Join a Couples 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. 

Couples Group: Focusing on Relationships
Married, engaged, or couples in a committed relationship are invited to join a new fellowship group. This group plans to spend time reflecting on what it means to love and be committed to another person in the context of biblical principles. Currently the group is using a DVD and book series by Andy Stanley entitled Falling in Love is Easy, but Staying in Love Requires a Plan to guide the discussion.  After this series is completed, the group as a whole will select a new book or DVD series to guide the conversations.

This group plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Manse at Fourth Presbyterian Church every three weeks. The next planned meeting date is Thursday, November 19. Dinner, typically a meal ordered and delivered, will be offered along with good fellowship and discussion.

Please contact Anne Ellis if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

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.

To join a group or for more details, please contact Ken Nicholson.

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