Youth Service

Youth Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church offers several mission and service opportunities for its youth, including summer mission trips for Senior Highs and a long-weekend mission oppportunity for Elevation six-graders. Our youth have participated in trips to Detroit, Northern Ireland, New Orleans, and Appalachian Kentucky and have completed volunteer work at the Special Olympics.

Elevation Youth Work Camp: Urban Youth Mission
   Sunday, June 28–Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Senior Highs’ 2015 Justice Journey
   Saturday, July 11–Sunday, July 19, 2015

Racial tensions that have erupted in the last year within the United States are a reminder that the long work of racial reconciliation in the country is far from over, even in our own city of Chicago. On this “Justice Journey” trip, high school students from the Chicago Lights Tutoring program and Fourth Church youth will look for God’s way forward amidst these deeply troubling issues through study, experience, and service.

Our journey will take us through Ferguson, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Selma and Birmingham, Alabama; and Atlanta, Georgia. We will visit important sites in the struggle for African American Civil Rights, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge, 16th Street Baptist Church, the Lorraine Motel, Kelly Ingram Park, and more.

Students and their leaders will seek to reconcile our faith with the events of the past and present in a broken world.

Support “Justice Journey 2015”! A Father’s Day Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, June 21 following morning worship services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at Fourth Church. Individual donations are also welcome. Checks can be made out to Fourth Presbyterian Church with “Justice Journey” in the memo line and sent to Fourth Presbyterian Church, Attn: Shelley Donaldson, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Reflections and photos
from the Senior Highs’ 2014 work camp mission trip to Haiti are posted on the Fourth Church Youth page on Facebook.

For more information about Senior High service opportunities, contact Shelley Donaldson, Senior High Youth Coordinator (312.981.4036).

For more information about other youth service opportunities, contact John Vest, Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry (312.981.4037).