Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

serve in the community
and the world

Connecting our gifts and passions with service to our neighbors

Our local and global 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.

Sponsor a Mountain Park Academy Student Here

At Covenant, we believe that we are called to do for all God’s children that which we do for our own. Accordingly, we meaningfully support the children who attend both the Renguti Academy and Mountain Park Academy in Kenya. Historically, students living in extreme poverty in Renguti did not have the opportunity to pursue an education past the 8th grade. However, Covenant now partners with Mountain Park Academy, a faith-based secondary boarding school that provides rigorous STEM curriculum offerings and trade school programs. This year, 53 Renguti graduates will be attending Mountain Park Academy, however, all are in need of $500 scholarships to cover their tuition, room, and board. We humbly ask for your help in loving across boundaries and borders, caring for these children just as we do for our very own. 

School Supplies for Highland Renaissance Academy

VBS campers will kick off our back-to-school supply drive that will fill backpacks for the students at Highland Renaissance Academy and The Mezzanine in August.  But there is still time to donate to this endeavor!   Please bring any of the following items to the Welcome Center or check out our Amazon list below!  
Washable markers (Crayola 12 count), Crayons (Crayola 24 count box), School glue (4 oz bottle)' School glue (sticks)' Scissors (5” blunt tip), Composition notebook, wide rule, Pocket folders' Pencils (12 pack, pre sharpened)' Notebook paper (wide ruled), Copy paper, Expo markers 

Civil Rights Tour

Join us for a Civil Rights Tour to Alabama and Mississippi as we visit key sites in the Civil Rights Movement. Sites include but are not limited to : the Legacy Museum, Memorial for Peace and Justice, Key sites in the Voting Rights March, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Emmett Trail, and the Medger Ewers Home to name a few. Travel, hotel, museum and most meals are covered.
Thanks to the generous offering for the Peace and Justice Initiative, we are able to offer this three day trip for $395.00 per person. Scholarships are available by emailing Grace Lindvall at
COVID vaccinations are required.

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

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. Contact Lauren Sawyers for more information.

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. 

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.

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.