Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Adult Groups and Programs

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.

The gospels Distilled

The Gospels Distilled: The Essence of Jesus’ Teaching
Wednesday, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2
Join us in the Fellowship Hall or on Zoom.

Kick off the new year by committing to read the gospels in a year. What did Jesus say? What did Jesus do? We’ll tackle the essence of Jesus’ teaching and ministry by diving into each of the four gospels throughout the year. Join along with a guided reading plan sent to your email during the months of study and dive into a discussion with new and old friends on Wednesday nights beginning January 12th at 6:30 pm as Bob and Grace guide us through major themes in the four gospels.

The readings can be sent to you via email each morning or pick up a bookmark to place in your Bible with the daily readings. Bookmarks will be available in the sanctuary and welcome center.

Sign up below to receive a daily email  with bible verses from the Gospel of Mark.  

Click below to print a bookmark for our guided reading to the Gospel of Mark.

January: the Gospel of Mark
April: the Gospel of Matthew
September: the Gospel of John
November:  the Gospel of Luke

Experience the Holy Land

May 11-20, 2022

Highlights
Caesarea - Mount Carmel - Nazareth
Sea of Galilee - Capernaum
Jerusalem - Tiberias
Bethlehem - Hebron - Breaking the Silence
Masada - Qumran - Ein Gedi - Dead Sea - Jericho
Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial - Al-Aqsa Mosque
Shiloh Valley - Nablus - Jacob's Well

Hotels
Retreat Center at Mount of the Beatitudes in Galilee, St. Gabriel’s in Bethlehem, St. George’s Hotel in Jerusalem

  • Group limited to 30 people
  • $3300 per person (double occupancy)  | $3750 per person (single occupancy)
  • Includes all meals, lodging & airfare (additional fees for driver tips & possible COVID testing)

Payment information and dates:
  • $100 deposit (refundable before January 20, 2022)
  • Non-refundable Payment (1) - $2,400 due February 28, 2022
  • Trip insurance option- $165 additional (due February 28, 2022)
  • Single occupancy option - $450 additional (due February 28, 2022)
  • Non-refundable Payment (2) - $800 due March 14, 2022
Contact Lynne Koeniger for more details.

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. Meets Sundays at 8:45 in WC 204. Discuss the sermon from previous week and how it has impacted or related to experiences of the week.

Tuesday Noon Uptown Bible Study 
Uptown Bible Study is always open to all. Every Tuesday at noon on the Rec Wing patio, connect with Grace Lindvall and Molly Smerko as we study the book of Philippians. 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

Open Door
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers. Meets Sundays at 9:30am in FH 205 or Zoom. This class watches a short video together so you can come for the first time ever or the first time in a long time with no preparation. Enjoy conversation and friendly faces with our two Fall sessions, entitled "Called to Community" and "Magnifying The Light." Click here for the video/topic schedule.

Fellowship Class
Meets Sundays at 9:30am in FH 203 or Zoom. This long held Covenant Sunday School class has recently made some enhancements and will be taught by various Covenant members as they study 1 Corinthians together. Click here for the class schedule.

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics. Meets Sundays at 9:30am in FH 201. This class is discussion based; grab a cup of coffee outside and join the group for conversation around various topics and books.

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!

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
Meets Sundays at 10:45am in EW 212. This class is specifically for parents of young children, they discuss the sermon they just heard in worship and how it relates to their lives.

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 Serenitye Taylor or click the Circle 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.

2021-2022 Presbyterian Women's Circles

  • Anna Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 3rd Tuesdays, 12 p.m., Nancy Sutton – Book Club
  • Abigail Circle, Parlor, 3rd Mondays, 11:30 a.m., Lisa Newth – Book Club
  • Elizabeth Circle, 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., Suzanne Harmon  – “Sabbath – Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives"
  • Joanna Circle, Education Wing 212, 2nd Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Leigh Hutchinson – PW Study: What My Grandmother Taught Me
  • Lydia Circle, Education Wing 212, 1st Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Ann Ayers – PW Study: What My Grandmother Taught Me
  • Naomi Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 1st Thursdays, 12 p.m., Pat Viser, Gwen Fox – Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Susanna Circle, 2nd Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Judy White – PW Study: What My Grandmother Taught Me
  • Ruth Circle, time and location to be announced, Heather Moore and Serenitye Taylor – mothers of young children

Reserve Your Spot for the 2022 Women's Retreat at Pinehurst Resort – February 4-6

2020 and 2021 have been rough! I think we could all use a little JOY in our lives.
Spend the weekend with Presbyterian Women of Covenant Presbyterian Church seeking, celebrating, creating moments of joy with women of all ages. All are welcome and we hope that you will join us.

Our guest speaker will be Kate Fiedler, Associate Pastor, 2nd Presbyterian Church Richmond
Kate grew up as a child of the church in Virginia and North Carolina, and she has moved across the state line eight times. She is a graduate of Davidson College - where she nurtured her joy of community building and cape-wearing--and Union Presbyterian Seminary. More information about Kate here.

Weekend Schedule
Friday
  • Arrive, enjoy Pinehurst Village. Some people like to spend time at the Spa (reservations and payment separate).
  • Dinner is on your own - if you'd like to be matched up with a small group for dinner, please check the box on the registration form.
Saturday
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Optional Yoga
  • Morning Program
  • Lunch and afternoon on your own
  • Group Dinner (included)
  • Fellowship Time
Sunday
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Closing Program and Worship
  • Departure

The retreat is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Serenitye Taylor. For scholarships, please contact Katherine Kerr or 704-804-7580).

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 Serenitye Taylor, at 704.804.7580. 

2022 Upcoming Events

Conversation with Eric Davis, Chair of the State Board of Education
Please join TLC for an in-person visit with our own Eric Davis for an up-to-date discussion about our schools for 2022, the status of our schools during Covid and he will share some updates.

Eric served for many years as a member of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School Board of Education (also as Chairman). In 2015 he joined the State Board of Education in Raleigh and was elected Chairman in 2018. He is a graduate of The US Military Academy at West Point with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, a registered PE in NC, served as an Army Airborne Ranger Combat Engineer and is also a Senior VP with Wells Fargo.

Eric will join us in the FELLOWSHIP HALL at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 19th. Come at 10:30 AM for coffee and snacks for a social before the meeting.

Click here for the Zoom link.

Covenant masking protocol will be observed inside the building. We hope to see you on the 19th.

Groups by Day of the Week

sundays

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: 8:45 a.m.
Location: WC204
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: FH205 or Zoom
Enjoy conversation and friendly faces with our two video study & discussion sessions, entitled "Called to Community" and "Magnifying The Light." Click here for Fall 2021 video/topic schedule.

Fellowship Class
Largely adults (singles + couples) 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members. Click here for the class schedule.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH203 or Zoom
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

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

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

mondays

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

Tuesdays

Tuesday Uptown Bible Study
Enjoy lunch hour with lively conversations
Time: Noon
Location: Rec Wing Patio

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

Presbyterian Women's Circle – Lydia
Time: 10:30 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. Beginning Sept. 8, 2021  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: FH201

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. Contact Katherine Kerr.
Presbyterian Women's Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105

Presbyterian Women's  Circle - Hineni
Time: 6:30 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105

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 Getaway Weekend  
March 25 - 27, 2022

 Etowah Valley Golf & Resort

Details:
Check-In: Friday, March 25, 2022
Check Out: Sunday, March 27, 2022

Includes, per person:
Non-Golfer:
2 - Nights Lodging in Deluxe Accommodations
2 - Breakfasts
2 - Dinners

Golfer:
2 - Nights Lodging in Deluxe Accommodations
2 - Breakfasts
2 - Dinners
Unlimited Green Fees Club Cleaning & Storage Complimentary Range Balls
Cart Fees are NOT included in Golfer Rate – payable in the pro shop at time of play. Cart Fees: $20 (9 holes) $25 (18 holes). Pro Shop will contact you to set up tee times and course selections.

Occupancy Total Package Rate per Person:
(All rates include taxes and meal gratuities)
Double Occupancy:
Non-golfer - $ 245
Golfer - $ 295
Single Occupancy:
Non-golfer - $ 355
Golfer - $ 405

Next Steps:
  1. If you plan to attend contact Etowah Valley Golf & Resort at 828-891-7022 and let them know your package preference (Non-Golfer/Golfer; Single Occupancy Room/Double Occupancy Room), as well as your roommate if you prefer Double Occupancy. If you do not have a roommate lined up but would prefer one (great way to meet someone new!) I can assist.
  2. Shoot me an email at lucasaskins@gmail.com with the same information you give Etowah (package preference, roommate information) so that I can help them track that information.
  3. Spread the word!

Important:
The Re-Opening Task Force recently issued COVID protocols that we will need to follow:
  1. Everyone in attendance will need to be vaccinated and will need to provide proof of vaccination to Pastoral Resident, Serenitye Taylor. More to come on this.
  2. The Mecklenburg County COVID positivity rate will need to be at or below 5.5%. This seems like a big hurdle given that the rate as of January 12th was 35.9%, but the Task Force and current modeling suggests we could be below 5.5% by March 25th.
Etowah has offered to push back the sign-up date to March 1st, and even suggested we could go another week or so if needed.
Also, in years' past, when we called to sign up with Etowah we paid a $100 deposit and paid the balance once we arrived. Etowah is willing to forgo the deposit this year, so if we have to cancel due to the COVID positivity rate being too high you will not have to request a refund. We will each pay the full balance owed the day we arrive.