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, April 28
   April SpeakEasy
   7:00 p.m. at Jack & Ginger's (2048 W. Armitage)

Sunday, May 1

   Documentary Film Screening: Locked in a Box
   12:15 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room 

Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8
   Young Adults Spring Retreat
   Grand Beach Inn in New Buffalo, Michigan

Sunday, May 8
   No Gathering (Young Adults are away on retreat.)
   Gathering resumes May 15.

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No Gathering until May 15

This Sunday, May 1 we will have a screening of a documentary film that shares important information about the reality of immigrant detention in our country. It comes to us via Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, our denomination's disaster relief ministry.

This event will be the Young Adult activity and discussion, in lieu of our usual Gathering, and because we will be away on retreat next Sunday, May 8, we will resume gathering on Sunday, May 15. 

Time and place
Sunday, May 1
12:15 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room

Gathering will resume on May 15. 

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April SpeakEasy at Jack & Ginger's

We're committed to the idea that spring is here to stay, so join us as we return to the great patio at Jack & Ginger's (2048 W. Armitage), and we'll also have indoor space reserved, in case it's too cold. Their outdoor space is tucked away at a great location in Bucktown, just down the street from both the Damen and Western Blue Line stops. Come and enjoy the tasty bar snacks, and have a drink to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.

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, so we hope to see you there!

Time and place
Thursday, April 28
7:00 p.m. at Jack & Ginger's (2048 W. Armitage)

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Other Opportunities


Documentary Film Screening: Locked in a Box

On May 1 we will have a screening of a documentary film that shares important information about the reality of immigrant detention in our country. It comes to us via Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, our denomination's disaster relief ministry.

Locked in a Box is an award-winning short documentary that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them. The film traces the lives of individuals who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom only to end up in U.S. prisons under a mandatory bed quota system run by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). Since the 1990s there has been a massive expansion of the immigration detention system, with up to 34,000 immigrants in detention on any given day in approximately 200 different facilities, many of which are for-profit prisons. Locked in a Box helps strip away the political rhetoric to see the human cost of detention. You can view a short trailer for this film here: https://vimeo.com/145351153 

Presbyterian Church (USA) Disaster Assistance Representative Susan Krehbiel will facilitate a viewing of the documentary Locked in a Box, which will be followed by conversation regarding the film and our denomination's continuing place in the world of immigration.

This film screening and conversation will be in lieu of our usual gathering conversation that day and will serve as an important basis for anyone attending the Young Adult Spring Retreat (see above).

Time and place
Sunday, May 1
12:15 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room

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2016 Spring Retreat: "Welcoming the Stranger"

Next weekend we will head back to the Grand Beach Inn for our annual Spring Retreat! And we are offering a discount to those who register by Friday, April 29! 

During our time together we will continue conversations about the problem of immigrant detention. We will take a look at our tradition's emphasis on showing welcome to the stranger; explore the concept of a "holy encounter;" discuss the information we've learned about immigrant detention (look for information about a film screening above); and share food and conversation with Ibrahim Parlak, someone who has experienced immigrant detention firsthand. You can read about Ibrahim's story here.  

The cost of the retreat site has been raised since last year, so we will be increasing the registration fee to $175 (which is still a great deal for the program, food, drink, and lodging!). However, if you register by April 29, you'll be able to attend at the discounted price of $150.

Here is a link to the registration form: https://goo.gl/woqOvE

Please plan to join us May 6-8 for a weekend of stimulating discussions, fun fellowship, great food, and the perfect chance to find deeper connection with other young adults at Fourth Church. For more information, contact Hardy

Date to save 
Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8
Grand Beach Inn, New Buffalo, Michigan
Leaving from the church at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6
Returning to the church at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8

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Join the 2016 Marathon Team and Support Chicago Lights!

Team Chicago Lights has received an additional ten guaranteed entries to award to those committing to the race and who have pledged to raise $1,500 for Chicago Lights by Monday, May 23.

In exchange for your commitment, Chicago Lights provides monthly team meetings and running support with Coach Denise Sauriol, a personal fundraising page and ongoing fundraising support, a technical team T-shirt, and pre- and post-event parties. Most importantly, you are kept informed of how your support is making a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in Chicago.

Should you be interested in finding out about this year's team (or know someone that may be!) reach out to Kate Solis Silva at 312.981.3564 for more details.

Guaranteed entries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners that commit to the team and also recruit a friend receive a $100 gift card to the team's running store partner, Universal Sole.

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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.

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).