Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Adult Groups

Share, Learn, support, grow

Whether on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings or other times during the week,
adults of all ages and stages gather to live into faith together.

first sunday talk:
wrestling with rest

How to see rest as a faithful practice
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Nate Stucky

Busyness is a sickness of the soul that affects many today—and it is especially detrimental to young people, who are finding their identity shaped by ongoing resume-building, constant digital communication and unceasing activity.

So says Dr. Nate Stucky, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary who will show us how to see rest as a faithful practice within a busy world. This talk might be particularly helpful for parents, youth and young adults. 

Mondays during advent season

The sanctuary is open for personal prayer time on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will augment that prayer time during Advent with weekly 15-minute services of readings, music and ritual observances. These services are at noon and will be available via livestream.

Structure of Monday Advent Vespers: 
  • Organ/Piano music (3-5 minutes)
  • Minister opens with a Call to Worship and introduction of Scripture readings 
  • Minister reads two Scripture passages 
  • Minister prayer
  • Closing hymn (Organ/Piano)

1st Monday in Advent (Nov. 30) – Grace Lindvall
Opening Organ Music: Come Savior of the Nations, Come, BWV 661 – J.S. Bach
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9 (OT) Mark 13: 24-37 (NT)
Hymn: O Come O Come Emmanuel

2nd Monday in Advent (Dec. 7) Serenitye Taylor
Opening Organ Music: My Lord, What a Morning – R. Bellingham
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 (OT) Mark 1: 1-8 (NT)
Hymn: Prepare the Way O Zion

3rd Monday in Advent (Dec. 14) – Ian Clark
Opening Organ Music: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – T. Keesecher
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (OT) John 1:1-5; 14 (NT)
Hymn: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

4th Monday in Advent (Dec. 21) – Julia Watkins
Opening Organ Music: Partita on ‘Creator of the Stars of Night’ – D. Cherwien
Andante
V. Toccata
Scripture Readings: Psalm 89:1-4,19-26 Luke 1:46-55
Hymn: Canticle of the Turning

new this fall in adult education

  • Connect small groups will convene with virtual fellowship and opportunities for conversation with church friends. 
  • Look for monthly updates to the Around the Kitchen Table resources to foster conversations on race and racism with family and close friends.
  • Grace and Ian will host a podcast exploring Scripture and its relevance to our times.
  • Uptown Bible Study kicks off with a look at the Epistle to the Hebrews. We'll seek to better understand who Christ is while also learning a great deal about the religious and cultural contexts from which he came. We'll meet every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.  CLICK HERE FOR THE ZOOM LINK.
    •  Read Hebrews for Everyone by N.T. Wright, which will be a nice (but optional) supplement to our discussions

Below are Sunday School classes welcoming you this fall:

your guide to a new season
of connect groups

This fall, our Connect study focuses on the Book of Hebrews, a beautifully written letter that examines the power and movement of Jesus in the lives of the early disciples. An introduction video by Ian Clark is designed to provide context for a journey that will be equal parts comforting and challenging.

This page will be updated each week with videos, written reflections and questions. Below is a sample outline to guide your small group time. I look forward to hearing of the conversations, friendship and joy you share in your small groups. I keep you in my prayers as we embark on this journey.

Peace,
Grace Lindvall

Sample Outline of Connect Group Gathering Time
  • Check In (10 minutes)
  • Ask what joys are happening in your life, what challenges are you experiencing? 
  • Read Scripture passage together (5 minutes)
  • Ask one group participant to read the scripture passage for the day
  • Ask (5 minutes)
  • What word or phrases stood out in this passage? 
  • Watch video (15 minutes)
  • The video can be found online at CovenantPresby.org/connectgroups or on the Covenant app
  • Discuss Questions (25 minutes)
  • Question are found in your connect book
  • Prayer Requests (5 minutes)
  • Ask how can we lift one another and our neighbors up in prayer?
  • Close in Prayer

Adult Groups Overview

We offer welcoming groups for all ages and life stages.  
If you would like to join a group, drop by the Fellowship Hall any Sunday at 9:30 or email Lora Borrelli to explore various groups before visiting.

Bible Study

Men's Bible Study
For: Men ages 30 to 60 interested in issues of faith and Scripture

Wednesday Night Zoom Study
Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study beginning April 22. Led by Covenant ministers, short reflection and followup discussion.

Tuesday Noon Uptown Bible Study 
Uptown Bible Study is always open to all and now the restrictions of Uptown parking and travel are no hindrance. Every Tuesday at noon on Zoom, connect with Grace Lindvall and Ian Clark as we study the book of Acts. No prior reading or attendance required, come as you are, enjoy conversation, fellowship, spiritual growth, and bring your own lunch.

South Park Thursday Workday Bible Study
Open to all, via Zoom

Women's Bible Study

Young Adults Groups
Join us for community and conversation.

Faith and Fellowship

Covenant Friends
Connect with new friends in an old fashioned way! Sign up to share friendship through letters or emails. You will be paired with a friend in Covenant and sent some writing prompts to encourage your letter writing and time together. When we are able to gather together again, we will get to meet in person at a celebration!

Pray Without Ceasing
Commit with the congregation to pray for 15 minutes as we build a web of prayer that lifts up our friends, church family and those most vulnerable in our community. You can trust that someone in your Covenant family is lifting you up in prayer, too. Sign up here to commit to a specific time to pray.

Open Door
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers.

Fellowship Class
Largely adults (singles + couples) 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members.

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics.

Faith and Fellowship

Tuesday Lunch Group
All-ages group with diverse opinions.

Caregiver Support Group
Do you provide care for a spouse or loved one? Talk with peers about shared challenges in this supportive space.

Travel - Learn - Connect
An active group of adults who enjoy learning and travel (and good food).

Presbyterian Women
Find a circle(s) for fellowship, fun and faith.

Men's Fellowship Group

Intercessory Prayer Ministry 
Prayer for needs in our church and community.

Foundations for Young Parents
Sunday morning small group for parents of young children.

Young Adults Groups
Join us for community and conversation.

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is among the most active and longest standing organizations at Covenant

You can find a circle, or small group, most any weekday to enjoy Bible study, book discussions and fellowship. Covenant offers 10 Presbyterian Women circles to meet every need. To get connected, please contact Katherine Kerr or click the contacts below.

Online Pledge Payments
We are excited to offer the option of making your PW pledges online.  Online payments should only be used for pledges, not for books or retreat payments. Your contributions will be accounted for in the same manner they are via the manual process.  This will free up administrative duties for the PW Circle Treasurer and Covenant Accounting Department.

2019-2020 Presbyterian Women's Circles

Anna Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 3rd Tuesdays, 12 p.m., Nancy Sutton – Faith Stories
Abigail Circle, Parlor, 3rd Mondays, 11:30 a.m., Lisa Newth – Book Club
Deborah Circle, Education Wing 212, 3rd Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., De Aycock – Book Club
Elizabeth Circle, Fellowship Hall (The Landing), 3rd Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Janet Delery
Dinner and Program with Dove's Nest
Hineni Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 1st Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Lisa Newth – PW Study: Love Carved in Stone
Joanna Circle, Education Wing 212, 2nd Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Leigh Hutchinson – PW Study: Love Carved in Stone
Lydia Circle, Education Wing 212, 1st Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Kathryn Phinney – PW Study: Love Carved in Stone
Mary Circle, Parlor, 2nd Mondays, 9:30 a.m., Jackie Pharr –Book Club
Naomi Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 1st Thursdays, 12 p.m., Pat Viser, Liz Moore – Grounded: Finding God in the World
Susanna Circle, 2nd Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Judy White – PW Study: Love Carved in Stone

Travel - Learn - Connect

Travel - Learn - Connect is an active group of adults who enjoy learning and travel (and good food).

Join our next outing! To get connected or RSVP, contact Katherine Kerr, at 704.804.7580. 

2020 Upcoming Events

Zooming at The Zoo 
Join TLC virtually on Wednesday , November 18, at 11 a.m. as we tour the North Carolina Zoo at Asheboro. Deborah Fuchs, Public Relations Officer with the zoo, will give us the inside scoop on our state zoo, as well as introduce us to the variety of animals inhabiting this facility. If we’re fortunate, baby rhinos may just pop in to say hello. Zoom with us as we learn more about this treasure practically in our backyard. Please register with Michelle Williamson by Friday November 13, to receive the Zoom link.  See you at the Zoo!

Christmas at Biltmore House

Join TLC on Wednesday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. for some holiday fun. Pat Viser will lead us in a few Christmas activities before we join Burt Wolff for a virtual tour of Christmas customs at Biltmore House. We top off our travels singing some of our favorite Christmas Carols led by our own Heather Potter.
The first 30 people signing up for this wonderful event will receive a Christmas treat bag (picked up at the CDC).
Please register with Michelle Williamson no later than December 4 to receive our zoom link.

Groups by Day of the Week

sundays

Groups are not meeting on campus until further notice. See top of this page for Zoom meeting links.

Childcare is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first floor of the Education Wing.
WC = Welcome Center, EW = Education Wing, FH = Fellowship Hall
Men's Bible Study
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: WC203
For: Men ages 30 to 60 interested in issues of faith and Scripture

Open Door
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH105
Video study & discussion

Fellowship Class
Largely adults (singles + couples) 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH203
Foundations for Young Parents
Sunday morning small group for parents of young children
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: EW212

First Sunday Congregation Wide Sunday School
Time: 9:30 a.m. (First Sunday of Each Month)
Location: FH207 a-b

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Elizabeth
Time: 5:30 p.m. (3rd Sunday of the month)
Location: The Hole
Focus: Support the Dove's Nest nonprofit

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH201

mondays

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Mary
Time: 9:30 a.m. (Second Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
Focus: Book Club
Presbyterian Women's Circle – Abigail
Time: 11:30 a.m. (Third Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
Topic varies by month

Tuesdays

Tuesday Uptown Bible Study
Bring a lunch for lively conversations
Time: Noon
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas Conference Room or
ZOOM Meeting

Tuesday Lunch Group
All-ages group with diverse opinions.
Time: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the FH Library

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Susanna
Time: 2 p.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: Sharon Towers
Presbyterian Women's Circle – Joanna
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Anna
Time: 12 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: FH105

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Deborah
Time: 1:30 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
Book Club

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Lydia
Time: 10 a.m. (First Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212

Wednesdays

Open Table Dinner
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Location: FH107
For: All
Open Table Programs
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13- Oct. 11  Location: FH207
For: All
Led by: Guest speakers
Click here to make reservations for dinner or childcare.
Intercessory Prayer Ministry 
This group meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. to pray for needs in our church and community. Contact Sally Jackson to learn more.

thursdays

Women's Bible Study
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

South Park Workday Bible Study
Open to all
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Room 201
MEETING VIA ZOOM ONLY
Contact Jerry Jernigan or Robin Goodson to get connected via Zoom

Caregiver Support Group
Meets second Thursdays every month at 11 a.m. in the Parlor
Do you provide care for a spouse or loved one? Talk with peers about shared challenges in this supportive space.
Presbyterian Women's Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105
For: Women

Presbyterian Women's  Circle - Hineni
Time: 6:30 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: EW212

Intercessory Prayer Ministry 
This group meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. to pray for needs in our church and community. Contact Sally Jackson to learn more.

Small group Frequently asked questions

How many people are in a Small Group?
Generally 6-10. Groups may begin small and invite new members. After a group grows beyond 10 members, it may divide into two groups!

How often do Small Groups meet?
Either once a week or once every other week, with regular breaks to rest and start fresh. We suggest that your group meet in three seasonal sessions, Fall: September – November; Spring: Advent, January, Lent; and Summer. We also suggest that your group meet weekly for at least three months before considering whether to meet weekly or every other week.

What happens in a Small Group meeting?
 Small Group meetings include time for checking-in about life, discussion or activity relating to the group’s chosen material for faith formation (scripture, books, art, video, etc), discipleship questions and commitments, and prayer.

How long are Small Group meetings?
 Generally, small groups meet for an hour and a half. This allows groups to dig deep both into the lives of one another and the content they are studying. Groups may add a meal and informal time together, as well.
Who leads Small Group meetings?
Small Groups begin with a facilitator, perhaps one who has been trained in the Refresh Retreat and who attends monthly Refresh gatherings for leaders. If groups continue to meet for more than six months, group members are trained to facilitate, so that no one gets tired and everyone learns to lead. All small group facilitators, members, and those interested in small groups are invited to attend Refresh offerings.

What kinds of Small Groups are there?
 Small Groups may be organized around common interests, neighborhoods, ages and stages, or any number of other reasons why people tend to connect with one another. If you are interested in being part of a group for a particular purpose that isn’t represented, please contact Grace Lindvall.

How long do Small Groups stay together?
As long as they are healthy and continue to have a common purpose. Small Groups are asked to complete a Group Health Evaluation near the end of each seasonal session to determine whether or not the group will continue into another season.

What if I don’t want to continue with my Small Group?
Be honest! Express your feelings and concerns to your group and let them know when you plan to leave the group. How do I become a Small Group facilitator for a new group or a group that splits from a larger group? Contact Grace Lindvall to begin your journey as a facilitator.

Sign up for a small group

We'd love to get you connected to a small group in your area.
Fill out the form below to get started.

Small groups help people grow in their faith and build community. Our groups take place throughout the week in different neighborhoods, so use this form to find a group that's right for you. We'd love to have you join us!


Men's fellowship Group

Men's Fellowship Retreat - March 2021 – Stay Tuned for Details

Admit it: friendship is elusive. Time consuming. Unpredictable. Even for those of us whose work is primarily among people, the tendency to be “isolated among thousands” is persistent.

And yet few experiences are more valuable. Friendship brings hope, relief, and joy. Mental health experts know that good friendships stave off depression and contribute to life expectancy. When Jesus was about to face his greatest trial, he looked at those formerly known as ‘disciples’ and called them “friends.”

The Men’s Getaway is designed to cultivate friendship among men of all ages. We’ll play, eat, pray, play and eat some more. In the process we’ll make new friendships and deepen existing ones. We might even stave off depression and extend our lives as well.
Make the time. You’ll be glad you did.