Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Outdoor ministry

Cultivating our faith

2022 Goals:
● To continue to provide opportunities for fresh air, fellowship and community connection.
● To make earth care “actionable” as a call and faithful response.
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

Fresh Air and Fellowship: Hike with Covenant

Join Covenant friends for fresh air, fellowship and family-friendly hike in the woods at a nearby trail.
  • Wednesday, December 21 (Winter Solstice contemplative hike), 4:15 p.m. at Boyce Park 

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.  Join Covenant friends for outings over the summer. Sign up below to indicate your interest in joining this team and to receive updates on dates and times for gleaning opportunities.  

7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Future dates and locations to be determined.  

Contemplative Hikes

December 21
Spend time in guided contemplation on an easy local hike.  Tuesday, June 21st at 6:45 p.m. for the Summer Solstice and Wednesday, December 21st at 4:15 p.m. for the Winter Solstice.  Locations are to be determined.  

Earth Care for Sacred Spaces: Campus Gardening and Beautification 

Every other Wednesday on Covenant campus
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.  

Community Care: Stream Cleans 

Join Covenant friends at 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.   Covenant has adopted this stretch of the creek, committing to quarterly beaufication events.  

Campus Assessment

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,
● Installing a bike rack,
● Committing to environmentally-friendly landscaping
● Offering a program on climate-friendly investing, etc.