Spiritual Formation Events

Christ has called us to be his disciples, and as a community we focus on discerning and responding to this call individually and corporately, for the sake of the world.

Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be transformed to become the persons God created us to be by loving God and our neighbors more deeply. Spiritual formation is key to this transformative journey.

We invite you to join us on this journey, to partake of spiritual formation opportunities we offer throughout the year—practices, experiences, and disciplines for people of faith to deepen our relationships with God, neighbor, and self.

“Path of Discipleship” Lenten Series
Personal Spiritual Growth Opportunities


“Path of Discipleship” Lenten Series

Tuesdays, March 7–April 11, 2017
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Page Smith and Randolph Rooms

This Lent, we are exploring spiritual practices that can deepen our faith journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

We are gathering on six successive Tuesday evenings for a shared meal. Afterwards, a member of the pastoral staff (a different person each week) leads us in a discussion of a section of Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline.

March 7           "Prayer," led by Nanette Sawyer
March 14         "Simplicity, led by Matt Helms
March 21         "Submission," led by Judy Watt
March 28         "Service," led by Abbi Heimach-Snipes
April 4              "Confession," led by Hardy Kim
April 11            "Guidance," led by Vicky Curtiss

Since this series is underway, registration has closed. However, if you are interested in participating in similar spiritual formation series in the future, please share your interest with Vicky Curtiss.

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Other Personal Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Academy for Faith and Life Classes
This adult education program has included courses such as “The Enneagram as a Spiritual Tool” and “Many Names for God.” In the fall of 2017, Vicky Curtiss will teach a class on “Celtic Spirituality.”

For information about upcoming Academy classes, click here.

Bible Study

Fourth Church offers a variety of Bible studies, meeting with different frequenices and at different times. Find one that fits your interests!

For descriptions of current Bible study opportunities, click here.

Contemplative Retreats
Contemplative retreats are held at a suburban retreat center at various times during the church year, typically during Advent and Lent. Each retreat offers a variety of practices, such as Lectio Divina, working with mandalas, Soul Collage, and the observance of silence, as well as opportunities for worship.

For information about upcoming retreats, contact Vicky Curtiss.

Labyrinth Ministry
A tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God, the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel is available for walking several days of most weeks. Hosted labyrinth walks in Anderson Hall are also offered monthly.

For more information and a schedule of open labyrinth hours, click here.

Those interested in meditation will find a variety of opportunities available at Fourth Church. Members of the Center for Life and Learning (a program for adults sixty and over) gather weekly for “Mindfulness Meditation,” and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts weekly meditation workshops on Tuesday evenings. Each Tuesday morning, Sacred Pause—twenty minutes of meditative silence to begin the day—is held at 7:45 a.m. in Stone Chapel.

In the summer of 2017 a small group will travel to the Isle of Iona in Scotland to explore Celtic Christian spirituality, worship daily with the Iona Community at the Abbey, and learn the history of this island where St. Columba first brought Christianity to this part of the world.

While all spots for the Iona trip have been filled, for more information about future spiritual formation trips, contact Vicky Curtiss at 312.981.3598.

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The Spiritual Formation Council hopes that these opportunities will help strengthen your spiritual growth.

For More Information

Contact Vicky Curtiss
Associate Pastor for Mission, Fourth Presbyterian Church

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