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.

Advent 2022

Sign up now to receive daily Advent devotions written by Covenant staff and members.  Daily devotions begin Sunday, November 27.  Devotional books are also available in the Sanctuary and in the Welcome Center.  Also,  during this important season in the life of our faith, consider spending time with a small group to help grow in your faith.  New small groups and already existing small groups will meet for the Advent season to discuss the advent theme “Sacred and Surprising”. Contact Grace Lindvall to get connected.

Convocation Sunday

Join us on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall as we welcome Timothy Beal, distinguished University Professor, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, and Director of h.lab at Case Western Reserve University. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies (2016-21), Interim Dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences (2019), and Director (2003-07) and Associate Director (2002-03) of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.  Over the past several years, Tim has been working in the programming language of Python in order to carry out research in natural language processing and machine learning as they relate to religion and the academic humanities. This work with an ever-widening network of collaborators led to the creation of h.lab, which seeks to empower scholars and students in the humanities to experiment with and critically reflect on new and emerging computational tools and methods.  Tim was born in Hood River, Oregon and grew up near Anchorage, Alaska. He now commutes between Cleveland, Ohio, where he works, and Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Clover Reuter Beal, co-lead pastor of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Tim and Clover have two grown kids, Sophie and Seth.

Uptown Bible Study


Uptown Bible Study returns to Uptown! Tuesdays at noon at the Foundation for the Carolinas.  
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 at the Foundation for the Carolinas.  No prior reading or attendance required, come as you are, enjoy conversation, fellowship, spiritual growth, and bring your own lunch.

Young Adults Groups
Join us for community and conversation.
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.  

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.

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 11 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.

2022-2023 Presbyterian Women's Circles

  • Abigail Circle, Parlor, 2nd Mondays, 11:30 a.m., Pat Taft - Book Study
  • Anna Circle, Fellowship Hall 203, 3rd Tuesdays, 12 p.m., Nancy Sutton – Fear of other: No Fear in Love
  • Deborah Circle, 3rd Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., Martha Stearns - The Sweetness of Water
  • Elizabeth Circle, 3rd Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Janet Delery – Dinner and Program with Dove's Nest
  • Hineni Circle, Fellowship Hall 204, 1st Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Amy Capitano and Sarah Wilson, “Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor"
  • Lydia Circle, Welcome Center 204, 1st Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Martha Isaacs – "On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old"
  • Miriam Circle, Welcome Center 204, 4th Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Serenitye Taylor - The Work of the People: Films for Discovery and Transformation
  • Naomi Circle, Fellowship Hall 105, 1st Thursdays, 12 p.m., Martha Isaacs – "On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old"
  • Susanna Circle, 2nd Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Judy White – Horizons Bible Study: God's Promises...I am With You
  • PW Bible Study, 3rd Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., Katherine Kerr - 2022 Horizons Bible Study - Celebrating Sabbath
  • Ruth Circle, 3rd Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m., Serenitye Taylor – Everything Happens with Kate Bowler podcast


Looking to join a circle or small group? Join us on September 11 at Tables on the Green from 10:30-11:00 a.m. to meet circle leaders and hear more about their studies.

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
Men ages 30 to 60 interested in issues of faith and Scripture
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Location: WC 204

Fellowship Class
Largely adults (singles + couples) 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members.
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  Room 207

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
Location: FH 107A/B

Tuesdays

Tuesday Uptown Bible Study
Enjoy lunch hour with lively conversations
Time: Noon
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas

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

Presbyterian Women's Circle - Ruth
Time: 9:15 a.m. (3rd Tuesday of the month)
Location: To Be Determined
Presbyterian Women's Circle - Abigail
Time: 11:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: Parlor

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

thursdays

Women's Bible Study
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: FH 201

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 - Miriam
Time: 6:00 p.m. (4th Thursday)
Location: WC 204
Presbyterian Women's Circle - PW Bible Study
Time: 11:30 a.m. (3rd Thursday)
Location:

Presbyterian Women's Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH 105

Presbyterian Women's  Circle - Hineni
Time: 6:30 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: WC 204


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!