entry points this fall ways to enrich your spiritual life with Covenant

Scroll down for classes, small groups, expanded Open Table offerings and more.

worship services

8:45 Chapel / 9:30 Contemporary / 11 Traditional / 11 C'tempry Fellowship Hall

New season of worship begins Sept. 9

sunday classes

New season of classes begins Sept. 16

8:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study, FH205 Led by: Andy Ball. Men ages 30 to 60 interested in matters of faith and Scripture.

9:30 a.m. Open Door Class, FH201 Led by: Megan Leach McCann. A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers.

9:30 a.m. Fellowship Class, FH203 Led by: Ed Jenkins. Adults 60+ with singles and couples. We'll read the book of Romans.

9:30 a.m. People Class, FH Library Led by: Kay Tawney. Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics.

10:45 a.m. Foundations Class for Young Parents, FH205 Led by: Stuart Pratt. Parents figuring out how to adjust to our new roles and responsibilities.

5:30 p.m. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Explore God’s neighborly economy in our scriptures, stories and streets. Gain an understanding of the dynamics that both drive and frustrate neighborly economies in our time. Led by Greg and Helms Jarrell of QC Family Tree, we'll meet Sunday evenings weekly from Oct. 14 – Nov. 18. Location TBA.

6 p.m. YA Women's Small Group in members' homes Led by: Jessica Patchett. Young adults discerning mid-life vocational and relational aspirations. (30's, early 40's)

Convocation Sunday is Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

First Sunday Series 2018-19: Walk a Mile of Faith in My Shoes, Journeys that Restore Hope in God and Humanity: On the first Sunday of every month, we will pause Sunday School to hear from Covenant members about their journeys through difference and difficulty, resiliency and redemption as part of a series facilitated by local clergy, theologians and community leaders. Our series kicks off Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. with Jessica Patchett and Lucy Crain joined by guests Greg and Helms Jarrell of QC Family Tree. Our topic: "When we welcome the stranger, we welcome God into our midst.”

  • Jennifer Harvey, author of the acclaimed book Raising White Kids, will speak on Sunday, Oct. 21 about the need for honest conversations on race and white identity. A talk at 9:30 a.m. is for parents, grandparents, neighbors and educators. A workshop-style evening session at 6 p.m. is specifically geared toward parents and guardians.

tuesday small groups

7 a.m. Men's Bible Study, FH 105, Led by: Friends of late Earle Roberts

7 a.m. Sisters in Spirit, Fellowship Hall: Women of Covenant are invited for breakfast and a faith story on second Tuesdays every month. Details here.

Noon Uptown Bible Study, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Foundation for the Carolinas, Led by: Jessica Patchett and Ben Mallicote. Bring a lunch and join us for lively discussion on the book of Romans. Details here.

12:30 p.m. Tuesday Lunch Group FH Library, Led by: Henry Trexler and Kelly Zellars. All ages gather for robust discussion and a look at the Presbyterian confessions. Details here.

6:30 to 8 p.m. The Path, YA Women's Small Group. Looking for, but not quite sure where to find, the best fit for fellowship with young adult women? Join us! 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Parlor. Led by: Ashlee Anderson and Robin Goodson. Details here.

6:30 to 8 p.m. Faith & Fellowship, YA Women's Small Group 30+, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at off-campus locations, Led by: CK Rizzo. Women in our 30s navigating careers and relationships through faith.

YA Women's Small Group, Twice a month Tuesdays at off-campus locations, Led by: Kathleen Brand. Women in our late 20s reflecting on how to align faith in the context of work and community life.

open table wednesdays

Dinner in Fellowship Hall 5 to 6:30 p.m. • Programs for all ages at 6:30 p.m.

Open Table Kickoff Night, Wednesday, Sept. 5, "How Can I Keep From Singing?" an introduction to Heather and Kenney Potter.

How can you stay true to your values and aspirations when society constantly pressures you to conform? We'll contemplate how to prevent social media from hijacking the courage to be our unique selves. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12 - Nov. 7, Fellowship Hall 207

Bible Study with Bob and Jessica: Our 10 Favorite 'Back-Pocket' Scriptures. Explore stories that are most helpful for us as we navigate daily life in ordinary and extraordinary times. Wednesdays with Bob and Jessica, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 12 to Nov. 14 in FH203

Make music with the Covenant Choir: New night! Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peek Music Room, downstairs in the Sanctuary building. Those interested in singing for special occasions only (such as All Saints Day or Lessons & Carols, etc.) are welcome to attend from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Child care available.

See below for children and youth Open Table activities.

thursday small groups

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study, Parlor. Led by: Louise Ripple. All are welcome.

Noon South Park Bible Study, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Led by: Robin Goodson and Jerry Jernigan. We'll read the book of Romans.

Noon Uptown Bible Study, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Foundation for the Carolinas, Led by: Jessica Patchett and Ian Clark. Bring a lunch and join us for lively discussion on the book of Romans. Details here

early childhood/elementary ed

Sunday School (resumes Sept. 9) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Education Wing 1st and 2nd floors. This is the first day of regular Sunday School. Children will attend their new grade levels.

Wednesdays - Open Table Night (resumes Sept. 12)

  • Childcare for infants-K is available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Young Scholars, an elementary children's Bible study, meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ed Wing 218.
  • Children's Choirs (Grades K-5): Join us on our new night! We'll learn to be worship leaders for our congregation. Rehearsals are 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Music & Movement: Children ages 4-5 are invited from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a high-energy Bible story with music led by Heather Potter.

middle/high school youth

Come as you are and experience fellowship and faith with your peers through Covenant’s youth ministries. Dive into your faith, ask tough questions, serve your community both near and far, participate as active church members, play and laugh together and experience God’s love.

MSY/HSY Kickoff Celebration: Sunday, Sept. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fellowship Hall. All youth and youth parents are invited to learn about our plans for 2018-2019.

Sunday School (resumes Sept. 9) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • 6th and 7th graders in Ed Wing 318
  • 8th grade Quest in Ed Wing 312
  • 9th - 12th graders, Ed Wing 307

Wednesdays - Open Table Night (resumes Sept. 12)

  • Open Gym at 6:30 p.m. with Perrin Tribble, Rec Wing
  • Film + Theology at 6:30 p.m. with Levi Bannerman, Ed Wing 307

Sundays - Youth Fellowship Night (resumes Sept. 16)

  • Youth Choir (Grades 6-12): Rehearsals are 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in Ed Wing 315 led by Kenney and Heather Potter
  • Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall followed by MSY and HSY programming

young adults

Rooftop Party: Join us Sunday, Aug. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. for a rooftop party at Covenant (yes, we said rooftop) with music, food and a preview of what’s ahead.

First Sunday Brunches: Check out new and interesting spots on first Sundays every month. We meet at noon in the Fellowship Hall - or meet us at the destination.

  • Oct. 7: Rhino Market, West Morehead St., hosted by Morgan Hallen

Deep Dive Questions: Let's get together to ask big questions about our faith. Our monthly series begins on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. We'll head to Dilworth Grille afterward for discussion.

Young Adults Urban Walk: As we prepare for service opportunities this year, we will begin with a time of observation and learning. Join us Saturday, Sept. 22 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $2.20 for the bus). This walk, led by Jordan Schriefer, will give you a clearer sense of the challenging realities that many of our neighbors face.

Coffee with Ian: Connect with Ian Clark, our pastoral resident and coordinator of YA ministries, and find your place in the Covenant community. Contact Ian Clark

mission opportunities

Blessing of the Backpacks: Bring your school bags to worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday, Aug. 26 as we pray for God's blessings on all children during the school year.

Fall Habitat Build: A church-wide build on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, will provide a home for a Charlotte family in need. All experience levels are welcome.

Covenant Impacts Charlotte: On a church-wide day of service, Sunday, Nov. 11, gather for unified worship and then fan out to do good works for our city and its people.

Highland Renaissance Academy: Be a reading buddy once a month for one hour. Contribute to a monthly teacher appreciation brunch. Tutor a child in math. There are many ways to serve at our CMS partner school off North Tryon Street. Contact Alan Morrow

Muffin Ministry: We serve hot coffee and breakfast to 50 to 100 neighbors waiting in line for services at Crisis Assistance Ministry. Meet at Crisis at 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. or so on the last Wednesday of the month, 500-A Spratt Street. Contact Allen Brown

Men's Shelter of Charlotte: On fifth Tuesdays (about 4 times a year), volunteers from Covenant serve Texas Hash casseroles to 300+ homeless men. Casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed, and adults ages 16+ are invited to come serve the meal. Contact Joe Pool

health & wellness

New! Covenant Running Club: Whether you’re an experienced runner or totally new to the sport, we’d love to have you. Each run will start with a warmup and end with fellowship. There are two options: Tuesdays at 6:15 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. in the Circle beginning Sept. 6. Contact Ian Clark

Talk with a Medicare expert: Are you or a loved one enrolled in Medicare? If so, you should review your enrollment to determine which drug plan and/or Medicare Advantage plan is best for your health coverage. Contact Carol Baxter

Travel Learn Connect: Join Covenant's active adults group for interesting guest speakers and road trips to fun places. Contact Mary Mattiacci

Fitness this fall: Looking for a fitness option without big crowds? Stop by Covenant's Rec Wing and say hello to Kevin Harper, our new director of recreation ministries, to learn about group exercise classes, private training and more. Contact Kevin Harper

care & support

Making Sense of Middle School: Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover, will give a talk on "Making Sense of Middle School." This is a community-wide event and the first session in a three-week series. Sunday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in FH 207.

20 Years and Counting: A Marriage Workshop: Can couples change patterns that have existed for decades? Yes! Find a better balance of separateness and togetherness, independence and intimacy -- even after 20 years together. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bringing Baby Home: Are you expecting? Did you recently welcome a new baby? Come to a two-day workshop developed by the Gottman Institute to prepare for the normal challenges of becoming a family. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Cost is $50 per couple (scholarships available).

Being a Caregiver to a Loved One: Do you provide care for a spouse or loved one? Talk with Covenant folks in this supportive space. We meet on second Thursdays every month at 11 a.m. in the Parlor.

music ministry

Covenant Choir: Join us for rehearsal Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peek Music Room, located downstairs in the Sanctuary building. Childcare is available.

Children's Choirs: Calling all children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Join us on our new night and come Walk in the Light of the Lord as we learn to be worship leaders for our congregation.

  • Angelus Choir (K to 2nd grade) Wednesdays 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in Ed Wing 201
  • Choristers Choir (3rd to 5th grade) Wednesdays 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in Ed Wing 315B

Youth Choir: Join us to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Whether you have experience singing or not, we will help find your voice. If you play drums or other instruments, we want to know that as well. Led by Kenney and Heather Potter

  • Rehearsals are Sundays 4:45 to 5:30 in Ed Wing 315 beginning Sept. 16

Contemporary Worship Team: Do you sing or play an instrument such as the guitar, saxophone or drums? Make music with us at the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service in the Sanctuary and the 11 a.m. contemporary service in Fellowship Hall. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to prepare for the 9:30 a.m. worship experience and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays to prepare for the 11 a.m. worship experience. Contact Jason Graffis

women's circles

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