Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

serve – in the community

Connecting our gifts and passions with service to our neighbors

Our local outreach ministries aim to connect people's gifts and passions with service to our neighbors, building caring and nurturing relationships with people struggling with poverty, homelessness or hunger.
How would you like to share your gifts? Here are several of the ministries and partners that we support.
Contact Director of Mission & Outreach, Lucy Crain, to learn more.

Announcements and Updates

Giving of your time and talents this summer

The congregation is invited to hear more about summer-specific service opportunities from the leaders of the ministries themselves (Freedom School, Loaves and Fishes, etc.) over brunch. This will be a chance get an overview of summer service opportunities and to help new members get acclimated to the robust life of Mission & Outreach at Covenant.

Please join us on Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the Welcome Center patio to learn more.   

See. Grow. Act.:
A Racial Injustice Series

Join Covenant's Mission and Outreach and Education teams for a summer series on racial justice. As part of our series, the staff from QC Family Tree led  us in a conversation in response to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s report on systemic racial injustices in the history of Mecklenburg County.  You may read the report and view the program below.
Look for more information to come on our next event in this series.  Beginning in June, we will be reading and discussing the book "Sabbath in the Suburbs" written by MaryAnn McKibben Dana.  Look for more information coming soon!

Reynosa Interest Meeting
Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m., Covenant Chapel

Summer Shoe Drive

Palestinian Olive Oil For Sale

Are you interested in going on a mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico?
Know someone who is?
 Join us in the Chapel for an informational meeting
about our fall trip, scheduled for October 2-8.  
Please consider supporting our students at Renguti by sending new shoes and socks with our June mission team.   Sign up below for a particular size and please stuff each shoe with a new pair of socks in the same size.  Please purchase a lace up or Velcro sneaker in black, brown, or dark blue.  The red clay there makes light-colored sneakers dirty in a day! You may also donate gently-used shoes of any color or style to be shared with families here in Charlotte.  Please bring your shoes as part of your offering in worship on Commissioning Sunday, June 5th or leave on the Welcome Center shelves in advance.  Thank you for sharing the gift of shoes with all God’s children!   If you have questions, please email Lucy Crain.   
Canaan Palestine is not your average olive oil company. Canaan's varieties of olives are ancient – some are even thousands of years old. These varieties, coupled with the ample biodiversity found in the eastern Mediterranean, make for the highest quality, most nutrient-dense olive oil. When compared to your typical grocery store olive oil, the difference is undeniable. The proof is in the flavor, appearance, and smell.

Now you don't have to wait for Alternative Gift Market to come around to purchase your favorite Palestinian olive oil.  Buy online and pick it up from the church today! 

Support Freedom School Partners

This summer, Covenant will once again support Freedom School Partners, a summer literacy program for students, through a number of volunteer opportunities. We will partner with Highland Renaissance Academy students and other scholars who will attend the Highland Renaissance Academy site (located at 125 W. Craighead Rd., Charlotte, NC)

Learn more about the opportunities to serve and sign up

serve at highland Renaissance academy

Read, Roar, Soar!  
Read with a 3rd Grader
Second Friday Each Month

Volunteers are needed to join in reading and sharing books once a month with  3rd graders.  We will be visiting classrooms on the 2nd Friday of each month from 9:40 – 10:20.  No prep work is required.  You’ll be in a classroom with other volunteers to help children select books.  We share a little about the books and then help the children choose one to take home with them and spend some time reading together.  Please contact Alan Morrow with questions.

Kindergarten Tutoring
Tuesday or Thursday Mornings for 1 Hour

Our kindergarten program begins the first week of February 2022 and lasts until Spring Break (9-10 weeks), Tuesday or Thursday mornings for 1 hour.
Volunteer for one-on-one tutoring with 3 kindergarten students (20 minutes each, same students each week) working on sight with vocabulary and reading. Tutors work on beginning sight words using word cards, writing and tracing words, reading a simple, patterned book to student.  Tutor & student read together, then student reads alone. Contact Betty Graybeal with interest.

Teacher Appreciation Snacks and Brunches

During the school year, Covenant embraces those who nurture students at Highland day-after-day.

We provide our traditional monthly brunches and periodic snack carts, delivering goodies and refreshing drinks to teachers as a reminder that what they do matters – a lot – throughout the day.

Responding to Community Hunger needs

Dinner for Neighbors at Roof Above
Fifth Tuesdays Each Month
(about 4 times a year)

 Texas Hash casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed for each meal, and people (older than 16) are invited to come serve the meal at the shelter. 

Sort food, box groceries at Loaves & Fishes
Second and Fourth Tuesdays Every Month

Food insecurity will affect nearly 1 in 5 North Carolina residents in 2021. Loaves & Fishes has launched temporary mobile pantries across the city. Covenant folks can sort food twice each month from 9 to 11:00 a.m. or sign up to be a delivery driver here.

Operation Sandwich
First Mondays Every Month

You can make 25 sandwiches and bring them to church,
where Lucy will be outside to collect
and deliver directly to Roof Above's day services center. 

Meet Our Community Service Leaders

Freedom School

Lucy Crain, Director of Mission and Outreach

Lucy joined the Covenant staff in 2013 and enjoys connecting folks in the Covenant community with opportunities for outreach ministry. She works alongside our local and global partners to educate and engage our congregation in the good work being done here in Charlotte and around the world.

Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter of Charlotte)

Moore Place

Nikki Zimmermann, Pastoral Resident for Mission and Outreach

Nikki was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia before heading to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. After college, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee as part of the 2016 Teach for America Corps where she taught 6th grade ELA. From Nashville, Nikki moved to Princeton, New Jersey to begin her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. During her third year in the Master of Divinity program, Nikki served as the Pastor of Sunday Worship at Kingston United Methodist in Kingston, NJ. 

Seasonal Opportunities to Serve

Freedom School

When you open books, you open doors. Freedom Schools summer programs give children three resources needed to develop their potential and inspire a love of reading and learning – literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in them. Covenant supports a Freedom School site at Highland Renaissance Academy serving 60 children in grades K-8.

Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter of Charlotte)

On fifth Tuesdays (about 4 times a year), volunteers from Covenant serve donated Texas Hash casseroles to neighbors who rely on the shelter. Casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed for each meal, and people (older than 16) are invited to serve the meal at the shelter. 

Moore Place

Join the team to provide a Thanksgiving meal at Moore Place, a community for folks overcoming homelessness. You can help in advance by preparing side dishes and delivering supplies on the day of the event, or/and you can help serve the meal. This partnership is special to both Covenant and Moore Place — we are the only group each year that serves a holiday dinnertime meal to the residents! 

Highland Renaissance Academy – Our CMS Partner School

There are many ways to get involved with Highland Renaissance Academy, located just north of uptown at 125 W. Craighead Road. Covenant's longstanding partnership with Highland continues to lift up teachers and students by providing reading buddies, teacher appreciation brunches and more.

Want to Learn more about serving in the Community?

We would love to hear from you. Drop us a line and we'll get back to you shortly.