Small Groups

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Covenant’s ministries offer an array of opportunities to build relationships in a smaller setting, based on interests or life stages. Make our big church feel small by joining a small group. A listing of all the groups/classes is located here (this list will be updated regularly - so check back for additional information).



Men's Bible Study
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: FH207
For: Men of any age
Led by: Neal Emmons and Andy Ball

Millennials, a new Sunday School class
A class for young adults and young parents! We’ll spend the spring exploring spiritual practices
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH105
Led by: Kate Bothe 

New Beginnings
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: EW212
For: Parents of young children

Open Door
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH201
For: Adults/Young Adults - focused on topics of life and faith
Led by: Mary Parrish Coley
Childcare Provided

The Fellowship Class
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH203
For: Adults who like lecture-style lessons
Led by: Mary Utting
Series: Various speakers

People Class
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH Library
For: People who enjoy discussion on a variety of topics
Led by: Kay Tawney
Childcare Provided

Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: FH205
For: Young Adults with children
Led by: Stuart and Emily Pratt
Childcare Provided

First Sunday Congregation Wide Sunday School
Time: 9:30 a.m. (First Sunday of Each Month)
Location: FH203
For: Adults/Young Adults who want to learn more about Covenant and the tenants of our faith
Childcare Provided

PW Circle - Elizabeth
Time: 5:30 p.m. (3rd Sunday of the month)
Location: The Hole
For: Women
Led by: Janet Delery

Young Adult Women's Bible Study
Time: 6-7:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Sundays)
Location: Group members' homes
For: Women, 25-35 years old
Led by: Jessica Patchett

YA 1st Sunday Lunch
Time: 12:00 p.m. (1st Sundays)
Location: Off Campus
For: All Young Adults
Led by: Jen Christianson

Sign up for Sunday classes

PW Circle - Martha
Time: 9:30 a.m. (Second Monday of the month)
Location: Church Kitchen
For: Women
Topic: Cooking for Mission
Led by: Tama Van Wie

PW Circle - Mary
Time: 9:30 a.m. (Second Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Sarah Askins
Childcare Provided

PW Circle - Abigail
Time: 9:15 a.m. (First Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Lexi Frost

PW Circle - Miriam
Time: 9:15 a.m. (4th Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: New young mother's
Led by: Meredith Thomas

Sign up for Monday classes 

Men's Bible Study
Time: 7 a.m. (Joins Men's Fellowship Breakfast on the 4th Tuesdays)
Location: FH 105
For: Men
Book: Scripture

Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Time: 7 a.m. (4th Tuesdays)
Location: FH 107A/B
For: Men                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Click here to make reservations.

Sisters In Spirit Breakfast
Time: 7 a.m. (2nd Tuesday of the month except for November - November we will meet on the 1st Tuesday)
Location: FH107
For: Women
Click here to make reservations.

PW Circle - Susanna
Time: 2 p.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: Sharon Towers
For: Women
Book: PW Bible Study: Come to the Waters
Led by: Judy White

PW Circle - Lydia
Time: 10:30 a.m. (First Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: PW Bible Study: Come to the Waters
Led by: Dotsy Leist

PW Circle - Joanna
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: PW Bible Study: Come to the Waters

Covenant Lunch Group
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: FH Lunch
For: Anyone, Drop-Ins Welcome
Led by: Henry Trexler and Kelly Zellars

PW Circle - Anna
Time: 12 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: FH105
For: Women
Book: Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith
Led by: Barbara Colwell

PW Circle - Deborah
Time: 1:30 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: Book Club
Led by: De Aycock

Uptown Bible Study
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas Conference Room
For: Anyone
Led by: Jessica Patchett

The Path
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: EW307
For: Young Adult Women
Led by: Ally Hunter

Young Adult Men's Group
Time: 7 p.m. (1st and 3rd Tuesday)
Location: Dilworth Grille
For: Men, 25-35 years old
Led by: Tom Christy 

Sign up for Tuesday classes 


Disciple Bible Study: Jesus and the Gospels
Time: 6:15-8 p.m.
Location: FH203                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             To register: contact Erin Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cost: $30 or whatever you are able to pay to cover the cost of materials
Topic: This study will explore Jesus' identity and invitation in the context of both the gospels and the core of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
Led by: Bob & Henderson & Jessica Patchett

Open Table Dinner
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: FH107
For: All
Click here to make reservations

Open Table Fall Class Series (Hard Questions, Healing Conversations)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: FH207
For: All
Led by: Joan Watson and others

South Park Workday Bible Study
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Room 201
For: All
Led by: Jerry Jernigan

Contemplative Readers
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: Parlor
For: All
Led by: Martha Isaacs

Sign up for Wednesday classes 


Sharon Towers Bible Study
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Sharon Towers
For: Anyone
Led by: Jen Christianson

PW Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105
For: Women
Book: Sabbath
Led by: Pat Viser

PW Circle - Esther
Time: 6 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Book: The Psalms
Led by: Helen Maser

Young Adult Couples
Time: 7 p.m. (2nd and 4th Thursday)
Location: Members' homes
Led by: Stephen and Heather Moore

PW Circle - Hineni
Time: 7 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: EW201
For: Women
Led by: Carla Haughton

PW Circle - Weavings
Time: 7 p.m. (3rd Thursday)
Location: Members’ houses
For: Women
Periodical: Weavings Magazine
Led by: Barbara Balentine

Sign up for Thursday classes 

Women's Small Group
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Lucy Crain

Sign up for Friday classes 

PW Circle - Dorcas
Time: Varies
Location: Off campus
For: Women
Objective: Visit Nonprofits
Led by: Tricia Smith

Sign up for these classes 

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 Joan Watson to learn more.

Small Group FAQs:

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 Jessica Patchett.

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 Jessica Patchett to begin your journey as a facilitator.