Worship on Sunday,
Shannon J. Kershner preaching
Livestream and in person
Shannon J. Kershner preaching | Jazz at Four | Communion
Anyone present on the Fourth Church campus must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This includes those worshiping with us in person.
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The Nominating Committee would appreciate your help identifying candidates for positions opening in 2022 for Elder, Deacon, Trustee, Nominating Committee, and the Chicago Lights Board. In particular, the committee is searching for individuals who have demonstrated gifts for leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation. Please take a moment to complete the online form at www.bit.ly/nominating2022.
In addition to worshiping in person at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, we livestream our morning worship service each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (Central). (The organ prelude begins at approximately 9:45 a.m.) If the 10:00 time does not fit your schedule, our services are also available to view later in the day and week.
You can welcome friends and family to join in this online worship experience by directing them here to our website or by sharing the link www.bit.ly/FPCworship. The Sunday, September 19 worship bulletin is available here to download.
We also share Sunday services via Facebook Live and—for those who use smart TVs or TV streaming devices—via our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) at 10:00 a.m. (Central).
Those who do not have Internet access can listen via the phone by dialing 888.916.9166 at the time of the service.
Read more about our worship online...
Our eight “Reconnect, Renew, and Reawaken” Zoom gatherings continue with the area of “Chicago Lights Tutoring and Urban Farm” as the topic on Tuesday, September 21 and “Meals Ministry and World Mission” on Thursday, September 23.
The gatherings begin at 5:30 p.m. at www.bit.ly/fpcgetconnected21
Each of the eight “Reconnect, Renew, and Reawaken” sessions highlights a different area of opportunity at the church—areas in which you are invited to learn more, become engaged, get involved, and connect with one another. We hope you will download a printable schedule of these Tuesday and Thursday connection opportunities and plan to join us for all that interest you!
All who would like to worship in person at Fourth Church are invited to do so!
Our worship schedule is as follows:
10:00 a.m. service in the Sanctuary (also livestreamed)
4:00 p.m. Jazz at Four service in Buchanan Chapel
Wearing masks that completely cover the nose and mouth is required of everyone on the Fourth Church campus, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone not vaccinated against COVID-19 is also required to practice social distancing.
We are not checking vaccination status, but anyone coming on site certifies by doing so that (a) they do not currently have COVID-19; (b) they are not experiencing COVID symptoms; (c) they have no reason to quarantine; and (d) they will practice social distancing if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The front section of the Sanctuary is for those required to or choosing to practice social distancing, with seating by households. The remainder of the Sanctuary is open seating, with masks required wherever one sits.
Doors open a half hour before each service. Access is by the Michigan Avenue doors and Delaware doors to the Gratz Center for the morning service and by the Delaware doors only for the Jazz at Four service.
Nursery care and child care is not available.
There is no congregational singing, though humming is permitted.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday, whether online or in person!
Read more about the updated guidelines in place for in-person worship...
We hope you will join us over the lunch hour at 12:10 p.m. on Fridays for our weekly Noonday Concerts, whether in person in the Sanctuary or online for the livestream.
For those joining us in person, please note that everyone is required to wear a mask during the entirety of their time on the Fourth Church campus.
For those choosing to join us online, you can watch the concert by clicking on the graphic above or by going to our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) or Facebook Live. To invite others to watch these online performances, simply direct them to our website or share the link www.bit.ly/fpcprograms, where you can also enjoy previous performances throughout the week.
Our September performances include a concert by organist John Sherer on September 24.
The congregation of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was officially dedicated in worship on the morning of February 12, 1871. So on the second Sunday of February 2021 we kicked off our sesquicentennial celebration!
You can watch that February 14 worship service online on our YouTube channel.
We also encourage you to read our short monthly historical accounts as well as letters from Chicago’s faith leaders and view greetings from Fourth Church friends from across the globe and memories from pastors who formerly served at Fourth Church. These collections will grow over the coming year and can be found on our 150th page: www.fourthchurch.org/150
Continuing to Be Church and Community Together
If you would like to have a phone conversation with a Stephen Minister, please leave a confidential message at 312.573.3365. In this season when many of us are struggling to sort things out, Stephen Ministers are available to be God’s listening presence.
If you would like to talk to a pastor, please call the church (312.787.4570), and your request will be forwarded to someone on the pastoral staff.
If you would like to explore options for teletherapy with our Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, the Center invites you to call them at 312.787.2729, ext. 2260.
If you have a prayer request, please contact Dave Handley, our Interim Minister for Pastoral Care, who is receiving these requests as part of our Morning Prayer and Deacon Prayer Ministries.
Website banner photo: The fountain in the Michigan Avenue courtyard, which was a gift from architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1914, the year the Sanctuary and Parish House buildings were dedicated.