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.

Alternative Gift market

Do your holiday shopping this year in a way that supports Covenant’s local and global partners! Covenant’s Alternative Gift Market will be held in the Welcome Center and feature olive oil from Palestine, nativity sets from Kenya, vanilla from Mexico, and many, many more gifts for you to purchase for your loved ones. 100% of proceeds from this market go back to our nonprofit partners to support their various outreach endeavors. You can also purchase an honor card. An honor card is a 100% donation to an organization of your choice that comes in a beautiful Covenant member-designed card for you to share with a loved one during this holiday season. Can you help us make Alternative Gift Market a success? Please volunteer some of your time to help.

Covenant Welcomes Room in the Inn

On Monday, December 12th, all congregation members are invited to help with Room in the Inn as an "All Hands on Deck" event.  While we usually host guests on Tuesday nights, this year we will have the added privilege of serving these guests an extra day each month on a Monday night.  We hope you will share your hospitality by signing up below.

 On Tuesday's from early December through late March,  we need volunteers to drive our guests to Covenant in the evening, serve as an overnight host, or drive our guests to the downtown area in the early mornings.  Are you willing to serve as an overnight host or a van driver?  
If so, please sign up below.

While our homeless neighbors staying with us from December through March are not required to be vaccinated, masking will be required for all guests and volunteers regardless of vaccination status at all times while inside, except while eating, showering or sleeping.  Social distancing of at least six feelt will be used in all sleeping areas to the maximum extent practical.

Crossnore elementary makes the grade

We got a B!  Matthew Bentley, principal at our partner school in Avery County, shares great news about how the funding provided by Covenant for the tutoring program is positively impacting the students at Crossnore Elementary.

Learn more about Crossnore at their website

Highland Renaissance Academy

Read, Roar, Soar!  
Read with a 3rd Grader
Third Tuesday 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 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m..  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.  
Contact Alan Morrow for more information.

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 for more information.

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.
Sign up to donate goodies!

Hearth Math Tutoring at Highland

"Heart Math Tutoring was my favorite time of the week. I loved the eagerness of the children about learning and mastering math, probably for the first time."    -HMT Volunteer 

Heart Math Tutoring provides a fun way to build relationships with students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Anyone who can commit one volunteer hour per week can make an impact.
Volunteers are fully-trained and supported by Heart Math staff.  
Times for Highland are 9:30-10:30 or 2:15-3:15 Tuesday through Friday.
Sign up here!

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.  Lucy is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  

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.