Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Outdoor ministry

Cultivating our faith

Mission: To provide members of our community practical opportunities to experience nature; deepen relationships with the church, each other and our natural surroundings; and grow in faithful stewardship of the environment. We do this through:

  • Fresh Air and Fellowship: Providing 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. (ex. Hikes, Sunday strolls, kayaking, etc.)
  • Community Connection: Using nature and the environment as a universal context to foster relationships within and beyond the Covenant community. (ex. Earth care for sacred spaces/campus gardening, stream cleans, gleaning, etc.) 
  • Eco-theology: Providing programming and curriculum to enhance ecological and environmental knowledge with a biblical, spiritual and theological emphasis. (ex. Open Table programs, contemplative hikes, etc.) 
  • Earth Care and Sustainability: Examining and putting into practice our spiritual convictions about taking care of the environment, both on the Covenant campus and within our local community. (ex. Programs and panel discussions, projects and calls to action, examining systemic issues, engaging in environmental restorative justice, etc.)

Outdoor Ministry Activities

Community Hikes

Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Landsford Canal State Park, S.C., Depart Canal Trailhead
Stretched along the Catawba River on the South Carolina fall line, Landsford Canal State Park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835. The Catawba River is home to the largest known stand of the rocky shoals spider lily, a flower species found predominantly in the Southeast. Peak bloom season is during May and June.

Friday, June 21, TBS

Summer Solstice Contemplative Hike
The Rev. Ms. Mary Kate Sykes, Facilitator 

Community Care: Gleaning 

Be a part of the solution to food waste and food insecurity by spending time with Covenant friends collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.  Glean with Covenant through the St. Andrew Society.  

Community Care: Stream Cleans 

Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Earth Care/Community Outreach: Stream Clean Chantilly Preserve (Lauren Sawyers)


Using the Interfaith Power and Light resource and process guide, we will examine Covenant’s carbon footprint and propose recommendations for taking steps toward a greener campus and providing tools and resources for individuals to live into our call to care for the environment.
Action items could include:
● Planting a native pollinator garden on campus,
● Examining and enhancing our campus recycling program,
● Installing solar panels and/or EV charging stations on campus,
● Creating a community compost bin,
● Committing to environmentally-friendly landscaping
● Offering a program on climate-friendly investing, etc.