Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

COVID-19 News and Updates

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

update on campus activities

From Deana Cooper, Clerk of Session, and Bob Henderson, Senior Minister

On behalf of the Session and Re-Opening Task Force, we would like to offer just a brief update about our operations amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. First, we continue to work with congregational leaders and subject-matter experts to make the wisest and most faithful decisions possible.

When in doubt, we will continue to choose the most conservative path so as not to inadvertently jeopardize anyone's health. We are unanimous in this commitment and grateful for your support.

You will notice that we are incrementally increasing our activity as a congregation. We can now have small groups that meet outside and sponsor small public events with strict safety parameters around them. We will soon organize times for contemplation and personal prayer in the Sanctuary. We have not yet made any decisions about when to resume in-person worship.

All church-sponsored events will follow a similar regimen: social distancing, temperature checks, basic health interviews, and attendance keeping. While this may seem somewhat inconvenient, these protocols are essential to our opening and we ask for your full cooperation. Working together, we will be able to resume important dimensions of our congregation's life and mission.

We remain deeply grateful for the gift of participating in this family of faith. This period of pandemic has highlighted the character of the congregation, and we are thankful for your generosity, participation, service and patience. On behalf of the whole Session and Re-Opening Task Force, we thank you.

As always, we welcome your input and suggestions. Please feel free to write either of us and we will share your perspective with the Re-Opening Task Force.

In Christ's service,

Deana Cooper
Bob Henderson

New! small group fellowship opportunities

We are excited to share plans for small group fellowship that will adhere to social distancing and other protocols. We ask you to RSVP so that our staff can manage the size of gatherings, wear a mask while on campus, and avoid physical contact. In the weeks ahead, we will share more on how to participate in these and other activities.

Outdoor activities for Young Adults
  • Bring a lunch to the Freedom Park amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m. for a First Sunday community meal and conversation.
  • Hike to the top of Crowders Mountain and hear a devotion at the summit on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Find details here.

Family drive-in nights for Youth
Park your car and enjoy popular films projected on a big screen. Hosts are Alyssa Pacheco and Martin Pruitt, our middle and high school youth directors. Details TBA. 

Outdoor concert series begins Aug. 16 - space is limited
Enjoy music and friendly faces in a socially distanced setting. A carillon prelude at 5:45 p.m. is followed by instrumental programs, including a string quartet and flute ensemble. Feel free to bring a chair, blanket or picnic. Space is limited. Health screenings will be conducted. Reserve a spot for the Aug. 16 concert.

Takeout meals for Open Table
Drop by the Fellowship Hall patio on Wednesday evenings beginning in September for individual and family-style meals prepared by the kitchen staff. Virtual programs will follow at 6:30 p.m. 

Exercise classes outside the Rec Wing
Get moving with 45-minute group fitness classes on Thursdays at 9 a.m. featuring body weight and calisthenics-style workouts led by Kevin Harper. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat, towel and water. Details here.
 
Fresh Air. Fellowship. Hike with Covenant.
The hiking group returns with a visit to the two-mile Painted Rock Trail at Purser Hulsey Park in Matthews. It's gentle and shaded. Join us Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. or Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Details here.
 
Opening of the Sanctuary and Chapel for prayer, meditation
Within the next month, we hope to open the Sanctuary and Chapel in a disciplined, careful way for people to pray and meditate in sacred space.

Campus schedule/activity updates

A Covenant leadership team is monitoring the COVID-19 situation with a focus on the safety of participants and staff. Today's update follows a careful review of government directives and advice from medical experts.
  • The Early Childhood Education Committee canceled Vacation Bible School for this year.
  • All camps for July and August are canceled, including recreation camps (Yes I Can basketball, Junior Jammers music camp, Soccer Shots, Ricky Price Basketball) as well as Preschool Summer Fun Days.
  • Depending on state/local guidelines, the Rec Wing will re-open Aug. 1 for personal fitness by appointment. Director Kevin Harper offers a once-a-week outdoor exercise class.
  • The Covenant campus will remain closed for staff, small group meetings and in-person worship gatherings until Phase Three at the earliest.
We ask that you be patient with our careful planning and pray for our world and its leaders.

ways to Worship & Learn

Online worship on Sundays

Worship online on Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Zoom interactive worship

See faces and chat in breakout rooms during breaks in the service as part of an interactive 9:30 a.m. worship experience via Zoom.

Daily video reflections from ministers

Sign up to receive Covenant One Takes, weekday video reflections from the ministers sent to you via email.

Adult summer sunday school

Discover places, people and practices that influenced Christianity as we know it today. A weekly series led by Grace Lindvall and Ian Clark welcomes all from June to August.
June: Places of Faith
  • Discover the political and economic landscapes of ancient cities Thessaloniki, Galatia, Rome and Corinth. What lessons can we draw to better understand today's climate?
July: People of Faith
  • Meet important - but often overlooked - contributors such as Moses, Mary, Noah and Lydia. How did their contributions influence the early Christian movement?
August: Practices of Faith
  • Consider the meaning behind fasting, pilgrimage, evangelism and prophecy. Why do we still talk about these things after 2,000 years?

ways to Serve our city

This list is regularly updated with the needs of Covenant's nonprofit partners.

Join the crew at Second Harvest Food Bank 

Join the crew to help provide food for those in need. In order to participate, you should be 17 or older and not in a high-risk category or caring for anyone who is. Afternoon shifts are available.

Weed, mow and plant with QC Family Tree

We'll clear and maintain properties owned by QC Family Tree in Enderly Park -- a way to invest in the ground so many call home. Teams will serve on alternating Saturday and Tuesday mornings. Click here to see the schedule.

ways to Support one another

Get in touch with a minister

As hospitals and retirement communities limit visitation, we ask that you call or write to us for special needs regarding pastoral care, illness and isolation. You can contact Katherine Kerr or any member of the pastoral staff.

Connect with a friend for the journey

Stephen Ministers are companions on your journey, even if it simply means talking on the phone after a tough day. Click here to learn more.

Pray for people in need

We're building a web of prayer that lifts up our friends, church family and those most vulnerable. 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.

Ask a volunteer to deliver groceries

A group of volunteers led by Todd Capitano is offering to deliver groceries and essential items for elderly people and those who are confined at home. Click here to contact Todd.