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. 

Covenant's Congregational Care Ministries

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. First and foremost, Stephen Ministers offer a confidential, faith-based, caring one-on-one relationship. This ministry is designed to offer help in the midst of a challenging time:  death, loss of a job, life transition, illness, divorce, empty nest, isolation, and more.

Stephen Ministers are lay leaders of the church, equipped to serve as a caring presence for members in need of healing love, support, encouragement and compassion.

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 brochure.  

Grief Support Groups

Covenant periodically hosts Grief Support Groups for members and friends. If you are interested in participating in a group, please contact Katherine Kerr to learn more.

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.

Surviving Our Spouses 

Covenant's Surviving Our Spouses (SOS) group cordially invites all widows and widowers to take part in virtual and in-person, socially distanced fellowship opportunities throughout the year.  More information here.

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.  Click here to request a prayer or to join the group.

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.

Outdoor Ministry

Covenant’s Outdoor Ministry is growing! In 2019, we launched Fresh Air and Fellowship, a series of regular hikes with Covenant friends. Soon, we’ll offer more practical opportunities for participants to experience nature; deepen relationships with the church, each other and our natural surroundings; and grow in faithful stewardship of the environment. This will include:

  • Community Connection: We’ll use nature and the environment as a universal context to foster relationships within and beyond the Covenant community. This could include things like caring for gardens on the Covenant campus, organizing hikes with a sister church, partnering with neighbors at The Mezzanine to create and care for a community garden, and making improvements to Covenant campus space to meet community needs for accessible urban green space. 
  • Earth Care/Sustainability: We’ll examine and put into practice our spiritual convictions about taking care of the environment, both on the Covenant campus and within our local community. This could include assessing and mitigating Covenant’s natural resource usage and environmental impact, and advocating for earth care practices and behaviors within the church and globally.
  • Eco-theology: We’ll provide programming and curriculum to enhance ecological and environmental knowledge with a biblical, spiritual and theological emphasis.
  • Fresh Air and Fellowship: We’ll continue to provide people of all ages and life stages a simple, compelling, low-barrier-to-entry option for nurturing their physical health and for building their relationships with and through the church through fellowship. See upcoming hikes.

We'll have an informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Covenant. Email Lauren Sawyers with your interest in getting involved or for more information. 

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. 

Meet Katherine Kerr

Senior Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Pastoral Care

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Katherine is a cradle Presbyterian. She graduated from Davidson College and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. As a young adult working in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, she joined Covenant where she was an active member, as well as a staff member for one year. It was during her first tenure at Covenant that she discerned a call to ministry.

Katherine earned her Master’s in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained at Covenant in 2005. She served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi before returning to Charlotte in 2008. She was Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Congregational Life at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte for 11 years. Katherine joined the staff at Covenant in October 2019.

Katherine is married to Bill and they are the parents of Caroline.

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