Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Outdoor ministry

Cultivating our faith

Join Covenant friends for 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:

  • Community Connection: We use nature and the environment as a universal context to foster relationships within and beyond the Covenant community. 
  • Earth Care/Sustainability: We examine and put into practice our spiritual convictions about taking care of the environment, both on the Covenant campus and within our local community.
  • Eco-theology: We provide programming and curriculum to enhance ecological and environmental knowledge with a biblical, spiritual and theological emphasis.
  • Fresh Air and Fellowship: We 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.

Check out upcoming opportunities to get involved below! Questions? Contact Lauren Sawyers.

Outdoor Ministry Activities

Earth Care for Sacred Spaces: Campus gardening and beautification 

Help cultivate the Columbarium and other garden spaces on Covenant’s campus, including the preschool playground area. We’ll spend time improving, restoring and beautifying the landscape of this sacred space. Activities will include weeding, digging, and planting. Come dressed to get dirty and bring gardening tools, including shears, pruners, shovels, rakes and a wheelbarrow, if you have them. We’ll meet every other Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon beginning September 15 through December 8. Questions? Contact Zeno Wall

Sunday Strolls with Covenant

Join Covenant friends for an easy, fully-accessible urban hike, good for all ages and abilities. We’ll enjoy fellowship and explore the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, just a couple miles from the church. This group will gather the first Sundays at 4:00 p.m. from October through December. Meet at Elizabeth Park, located at 101 N Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204.
(**Park in the lot facing Elizabeth Ave.)

Community Care: Charlotte Stream Cleans

This opportunity begins with a presentation from Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services to help us learn more about stormwater and the quality of local streams and lakes in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Then, join Covenant friends for a stroll around the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary as we enjoy nature and beautify the space by removing litter in and around the wetland ponds and along the banks of Briar Creek. This group will meet the third Thursdays from September through November. 

Fresh Air and Football: Family-friendly games and watch party

Gather after church on Sunday, October 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Covenant families and friends for lawn games on the Green, refreshments and a Panther’s viewing party. Hotdogs, drinks and games will be provided. Bring a folding chair for yourself and your favorite tailgate side to share! 

Ecotheology Programs @ Open Table 

Gather to watch a documentary exploring nature and engage in discussion on what the Bible says about our call to care for the environment and how doing so can enrich our spiritual lives. This group will meet Wednesdays, November 3, 10 and 17 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Explore Wing Haven: A Covenant Kids Environmental Outing

Families are invited to join us on Tuesday, November 2 (a CMS teacher workday!) from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to discover the treasures of Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary with a tour of the garden and bird habitat, story time and refreshments! Participants take home a bag of Wing Haven bird seed. This 90-minute experience is good for children of all ages.

Paddle with Covenant

Join a slow flow kayaking experience with fellow Covenant paddlers on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. The Catawba Riverkeeper staff will give an introduction and safety discussion before aiding guests into the water. From there, guests can complete the 60-90 minute self-guided trip down the South Fork of the Catawba River to Cramerton, enjoying scenic views and exciting wildlife along the way. This tour, which begins at the South Fork River Greenway trailhead (501 Lakeview Dr, McAdenville, NC 28101) is perfect for beginners or families, as the lazy current allows for floating or light paddling. Children are welcome, but must be 8 years of age for single kayaks and 4 years of age to ride along in a tandem with an adult.

Earth Care and Sustainability

Join Covenant friends in studying and understanding our environmental impact and discerning ways to mitigate the church’s footprint. Hear from environmental leaders and experts and engage in conversation and action around conservation and sustainability within the broader community.

Fresh Air and Fellowship: Hike with Covenant

Join Covenant friends for fresh air, fellowship and family-friendly hike in the woods on the second Saturdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. A great opportunity to get to know people and check out new trails around town.

Coming soon: Winter Solstice Contemplative Hike

On Tuesday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m., spend time in guided prayer and contemplation on a short, local hike, enjoying the wonders of the winter solstice. More information to come!

Coming soon: Gleaning with Covenant

Join Covenant friends in the age-old practice of gleaning. We’ll collect leftover crops from local farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or where it is not economically profitable to harvest and donate the produce to those in need. More information to come!

Coming soon: Fresh Air, Fellowship and Fly Fishing

A free introductory class (all equipment provided!) at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education with classroom and on-the-water learning. More information to come!