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.

A Night at the Movies:  "At the River" Documentary

Tuesday, August 23
6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

A Screening of the Film “At the River” with discussion following to include director and co-director.
Free snacks will be served and box dinners will be available for pre-order.

About the film: When did you realize that what you were being taught about race as a white Southerner was wrong? Filmmaker Carolyn Crowder, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, during the Civil Rights era, set out to ask this question of Presbyterian ministers she knew who had taken stands during those turbulent times. Often isolated in small towns in the Deep South, some chose to be brave in spite of the dangerous circumstances. For the feature length documentary, Crowder traveled throughout the Southeast interviewing ministers, now in their 80s and 90s, about their experiences and what it took to go against the racist currents during those hard days within their local communities and congregations.

Summer Sunday School

Shaped By Each Other: Exploring Other Faiths and Our Own  
Fellowship Hall or on 
Zoom
9:30 a.m. each Sunday

 This summer we will engage in conversation with local religious leaders across traditions, learning more about God, world religions, and each other in the process.  When we engage across differences, we are stepping towards each other and towards God. In the hearing and sharing of stories, we are made better by one another. All are welcome as we embark on this journey of learning, growth, and mutual transformation.

Covenant Small Group Book Study

Throughout the month of August, spend time growing in our understanding of how we can work toward a more equitable community by addressing challenges of racism. These leaders have attended the White Privilege Conference and are excited to guide our congregation in small group discussions about books that address how we can move forward in our education and work to end racism. Small groups are welcome to anyone and everyone and conversation will be based off two books “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” (a more introductory level read) or “All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep” (a more advanced read). Please sign up for a time that best suits your schedule and feel encouraged to invite a friend.

Distilling the Gospels: The Book of John

Kick off the Fall by gaining a better glimpse of who Jesus is, what he taught, and what it all means to us these days. Spend the month of September with short daily readings from the gospel of John which will have us read the entire gospel in one month.  On Wednesday nights in September join Bob and Grace in FH 207 to distill the gospels by examining what these texts say to us these days.  
Daily readings begin September 1st and the first session kicks off on Wednesday September 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in room 207 in the Fellowship Hall.  
If you participated in the study of the gospels of Mark and Matthew, daily emails will be sent to you beginning in September.  If you would like to join us in the fall as we study first the gospel of  John and in November the gospel of Luke, please sign up below.  If you would like to be removed from the daily devotions list, please email Sally Jackson.
Bookmarks for the gospel of John will be available on campus in the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and Welcome Center in late August. 

Convocation Sunday
Covenant Welcomes Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, free-range pastor, speaker, and ministry coach living in the Virginia suburbs of DC. Like many authors, MaryAnn writes the books that she herself longs to read. So as a recovering perfectionist who likes her backup plans to have backup plans, she penned God, Improv, and the Art of Living, about embracing improvisation as a spiritual and life practice. And as a twitchy workaholic seeking to find balance in a 24/7 world, she wrote 2012’s Sabbath in the Suburbs, which turned out to be a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. (Apparently other people are dealing with that stuff too?) Her newest book is Hope: A User’s Manual (fall 2022). In addition to her books, her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, Coaching World, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award. She is a mother of three, an imperfect knitter, and an occasional ultramarathoner.

New Small Groups Begin in September 


New small groups are launching beginning the week of September 12. This 7-week series will focus on “Finding and Strengthening Our Hope Muscles.” Spend time forming enriching friendships and exploring the theme of hope.
Email Grace Lindvall for more information.
   

Uptown Bible Study


Uptown Bible Study returns to Uptown! Tuesdays at noon at the Foundation for the Carolina's.  A Thursday noon Bible study will continue at Covenant covering the same material.
Tuesday Bible study begins September 13, Thursday begins September 15.
Email Grace Lindvall for more information.
   

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.
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 in WC 204, 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.
Open Door Sunday School
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers. Meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 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.  Click here for the video/topic schedule for spring 2022.

Fellowship Class Sunday School
Meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 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 Psalms together.  
Click here to view the Spring 2022 schedule.  

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

Foundations for Young Parents Sunday School
Meets Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in FH 205. 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.


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.

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.




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, 1st Mondays, 11:30 a.m., Lexi Frost – 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., “Sabbath – Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives"
  • 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

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: WC 204
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 video study & discussion sessions.   Click here to view the Spring 2022 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: FH 205

First Sunday Congregation Wide Sunday School
Time: 9:30 a.m. (First Sunday of Each Month)
Location:  Fellowship Hall

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH 201

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: WC 204

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 – 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 Programs
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Location: Fellowship Hall
For: All
Led by: Guest speakers
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: FH 201

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

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.

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Small groups help people grow in their faith and build community. We'd love to have you join us!