Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Congregational care

spiritual, emotional and physical health

Covenant nurtures health through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

new group for those who have lost a spouse

A new group called SOS (Surviving Our Spouses) kicks off with an online gathering led by Katherine Kerr on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.

As an outreach of Congregational Life and Pastoral Care, an SOS steering committee has sent out surveys of interest and personally telephoned nearly 90 Covenant widows and widowers to determine a high level of interest in the new group. SOS will offer various options according to interest, including fellowship, activities, programs, small groups, personal outreach to newly widowed members, and practical services, when possible.

“Whether we find ourselves hours, days, months, or years later, the need for spiritual, practical, and emotional support is often strong and dynamically changing,” the group said in a letter of invitation to surviving spouses. “The death of a spouse is one of the most challenging, life-changing events that humans can experience. Our goal with SOS is to build meaningful connections with others who have walked a similar path, taking into account the particular circumstances of each person's life and experiences, with the assurance that we are cared for by God and by our Christian community.”

Invitations with Zoom links for the SOS gathering will be emailed to all Covenant surviving spouses several days before the Sept. 13 meeting. If you are a surviving spouse and have not already received a personal call or email, please notify Michelle Williamson or reach her at 704-804-7560.

SOS Steering Committee
  • Kandy Cosper 
  • Anne Gildea 
  • Kim Matthews
  • Susan Murphy
  • Pam Phipps

Stephen ministry hosts program on wednesday night

Our Stephen Ministry leadership team warmly invites the congregation to a Zoom gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. led by Kandy Cosper on her recently published book, The Defense Rests: Lessons Learned Through Illness and Grief. This is part of continuing education for Stephen Ministers, who provide a listening ear and friendship to people facing life challenges.

get help with re-enrolling for medicare drug plan

Are you or a loved one enrolled in Medicare? If so, you should review your drug plans (Part D) and your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) to determine the best choice for your health coverage. Open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) counseling will offer virtual sessions. There will be no in-person appointments at Covenant or Sharon Towers. Call the Shepherd's Center at 704-365-1995 to schedule a time to meet with a SHIIP counselor. 

Covenant's Congregational Care Ministries

Grief Support Group

Covenant will host a six-week Grief Support Group on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 24 for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will be facilitated by Kiley Thiel, MA, LPC, CCTP, known to many for her work at KinderMourn as a Helping The Hurt group facilitator. To learn more, contact Katherine Kerr.

Caregiver Support Group

Connect with peers and learn helpful ways to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one -- whether at home, in a care facility or long distance. Susan Ferone, MSW, a Covenant member and care coordinator with Caregiving Corner, leads the group via Zoom at 11 a.m. on second Thursdays of every month. The fall session kicks off Sept. 10 and includes a book study on Courage for Caregivers by Henri Nouwen. Contact Susan or reach her at 704-737-2487.

Intercessory Prayer

Submit an intercessory prayer request, and be assured that Covenant ministers will handle it with compassion and confidentiality. Please include your name, e-mail address and/or phone number if you would like to be contacted by a minister.  

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are trained, listening friends who can bring the caring presence of the church to those experiencing difficult life situations, large or small. If you or someone you know might like to be paired with a Stephen Minister, contact Katherine Kerr.  
Click here for a PDF version of the Stephen Ministry informational brochure.  

Health & Wellness Committee

The Health and Wellness Committee offers activities and programs which support the optimization of health in mind, body and spirit. They offer four annual blood drives through the American Red Cross, flu shot clinics at the church in the fall and frequent programs related to wellness. 

Covenant Cares (Bereavement)

This ministry provides support to church members and their families at the time of death through cards, meals, hospitality supplies for the home, and support at memorial services and funerals.

Hospitalizations

If you, a member of your family, or a church friend are hospitalized, please contact the church office to let us know! Include the hospital, the room number, and the nature of the hospitalization if possible. If this is an emergency and after hours, call the church office and listen to the message to leave urgent information for the minister on call: 704.333.9071.

Home Visits

The pastoral staff, the parish nurse, and lay members of our visitation teams call on members of our congregation who are known to be chronically ill or otherwise unable to attend church. Home communion can be arranged, and telephone calls and visits are regularly scheduled for homebound members and those in nursing homes.

Covenant Crew

A group of volunteers work quarterly to help members with minor home repairs maintenance jobs.  Contact Katherine Kerr if you'd like to volunteer or need assistance.

Meet Katherine Kerr

Senior Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Pastoral Care

"My greatest joy in ministry is making connections with people in order to share God’s love and spread God’s word. Whether in worship, in conversation, or through serving together, it is our human connections that most profoundly show us how God is at work in our world."

Katherine came to Covenant from First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, where she served as associate pastor for 11 years. Katherine is known to many at Covenant, having served as acting director of Mission and Outreach and director of Young Adults ministries in 2001-02.

Katherine and her spouse, Bill Kerr, live in Plaza Midwood with their daughter, Caroline, a student at Shamrock Gardens Elementary.


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