Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Children of the Covenant

a welcome and vital part of the community

Our children's ministry aims to give children a church home where they are called by name, discover discipleship, and grow in love of God and others.

Children's Ministry Overview

With special times on Sundays and Wednesdays, and through our weekday preschool, we share Christian values and themes in a variety of ways — through songs, drama, crafts and service. We also give parents tools and resources to help them guide their child’s spiritual development.
 
Children are welcome in all worship services, can attend age-appropriate Church School classes, and are encouraged to participate in other programs within the church. If you have any questions or would like to get connected, contact Grace Lindvall

Sunday School 

As we return to in-person worship in the Sanctuary we also are returning to in-person Sunday School. Sunday School and childcare will be offered at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Classes will take place outside as heat and rain permit.

Sunday School teachers are needed for the summer. 
Please sign up here.

Please allow your children to dress comfortably in play clothes and shoes! Children 3 years old and up will wear masks when indoors and all teachers will remain masked.

Where to go
  • Enter through the Welcome Center to access the Education wing. 
  • Childcare is available for infants through 3-years-old on the first floor of the Education Wing in rooms 101 and 102
  • Children ages 3-5 will meet in the 1st floor of the Education wing for Sunday School
  • Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will go to worship in the Sanctuary through the children’s sermon, then follow the shepherd to Sunday School. They can be picked up after the service on the 2nd floor of the Education wing in room 207, the Power Up room.
  • We kindly ask that parents (not siblings) drop off and pick up children from child care and Sunday School


Wednesdays

Open Picnic Table, an informal Wednesday evening family gathering under Covenant's Magnolia tree, begins June 9 and runs through the summer. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy time together with friends every Wednesday between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This is a whole-family event; no childcare is offered. Popsicles will be provided.

Children's Annual Milestone Programs

Children are spiritual beings.  They come to us with a sense of curiosity, playfulness, imagination, and a connection to something larger than themselves.  Our charge both as parents and as the church is to sustain and deepen that connection.  Consequently, Covenant offers a series of worship and education opportunities designed to nurture children and families into a life of faith.

Child of the Covenant - Infants & Toddlers
A celebration of babies born and adopted into the Covenant family in the previous year, Child of the Covenant is an annual worship celebration and reception to connect our families to programs offered in the Children’s Ministry, Women’s Circles and other families with young children. The occasion includes a reception, fellowship and group photo.

Christmas and Easter Worship – Kindergarteners
Each year at Christmas and Easter, our kindergarteners lead the Children’s services with reenactments of the Christmas and Easter stories. This is also the year they learn the Lord’s Prayer.

Ready, Set, Worship 
As they advance in grade level, children take part in faith formation milestones to learn about worship traditions.
Grade 1:  Children and families get ready, get set and learn to worship together by examining the Sacrament of Communion. The class finishes with their participation in World Communion Sunday.    
Grade 2: Children and families learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and are offered the opportunity to be baptized during worship.
Grade 3: Children participate in an over night “Bible Lock In” and are then presented with Bibles in worship.
Grade 4: Tour the Sanctuary and Bell Tower with an eye on the meaning of sacred spaces.
Grade 5: Children and families participate in a one-day workshop on the relationship between faith and sexuality. Adolescents and parents learn about body image and healthy attitudes toward God's gift of sexuality. Breakout discussion groups are led by trained facilitators. Fifth graders typically attend from 9 a.m. to noon followed by pizza and a movie break. Parents are invited from noon to 2 p.m. Parents and kids will join each other for the conclusion.

Fall Family Retreat
Escape to the mountains for a retreat at Camp Grier with hiking, mountain biking and zip-lining across Lake Refuge. On Saturday night, we gather for s'mores and campfire singing. Middle and high school youth have their own programs 

Children's Choir 

Children's Choir registration is now open. 
Rehearsals begin September 8, 2021. Register by September 1, 2021.

Children's choir resumes in-person on Wednesday, September 8! Children are invited to participate in Angelus Choir (grades K-1), Chorister Choir (grades 2-3), and Jubilate Choir (grades 4-5). All grades rehearse on Wednesday evenings and sing regularly in traditional and contemporary worship and the Service of Lessons & Carols.

This year, programs will be tailored to smaller groups, giving students opportunities for more engagement, leadership and personalized instruction at each age level. Smaller group sizes will also allow for greater social distancing.

Our Young Scholars Bible study will be offered in coordination with choir (either before or after, depending on age group) and teachers will transition students from one to the other, giving parents the chance to fully engage in adult programming from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Choirs are led by Covenant's Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music, and Rob Dicks, Associate Director of Traditional Music.

VBS: Welcome to our Great Big Beautiful World!

Join us at Covenant this summer for a week exploring God’s great big, beautiful world and discovering the ways God cares for every part of creation. We will make new friends, sing fun songs, share stories, play active games, go on a nature scavenger hunt, and do art projects and science explorations.

When: Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to noon
Who: 4-year-olds (as of 3/1/21) through rising 5th graders
Where: The Covenant campus. Children will gather with a small group and leader in the same place each day.
What else?:
  • Cost is $50.00 for the first child, $75.00 for two children with a max of $100.00 for families with more than two children enrolled.
  • Optional extended care will be offered by Kevin Harper, Covenant’s director of Recreation Ministries, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers are needed and childcare for children 2-4 years old will be provided.
  • All are invited to join for a fun VBS week -- friends, neighbors, members, non-members; all are welcome! 

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure the safety and health of participants and volunteers, we have capped this event at 80 participants. We are currently at capacity, should we be able to further open registration, please email Sally Jackson to be placed on the wait list.
Interested in volunteering? Email Sarah Gaither
Questions? Email Grace Lindvall

Support Covenant's children's ministry

We are in need of parent support to keep our children's programs running smoothly. If you would like to help, please click below to email Grace Lindvall for available opportunities. 

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