Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Recreation ministry

strengthen mind body and spirit

Welcome to Covenant's Recreation Ministries. We nurture good health - spiritual and physical - through a ministry of wellness, fitness, and fun. In our Recreation Center, we offer programs to strengthen minds, bodies, and spirits, while using our facilities and events to reach out to our neighbors in Charlotte.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, the Rec Wing is closed. See below for details on outdoor classes.

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outdoor adventures

McAlpine Creek Greenway and Park 
“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien 
When: Saturday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.  

Where to meet: We will meet at the Campbell Creek Greenway trailhead, located at 2116 Margaret Wallace Rd., Charlotte, NC 28105, and hike toward McAlpine Creek Park from there. This parking area is off Independence Blvd., approximately 15 minutes from uptown. Note: There are no restroom facilities at the parking area; plan accordingly.
What to expect: This flat, easy 3-mile hike will follow the gravel-surface Campbell Creek greenway to McApline Creek Park, where we’ll take a shaded trail through woods and by a pond and marshlands before looping back to the parking area.

What to bring:
  • A mask to wear as we gather
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
RibbonWalk Nature Preserve 
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ~John Muir 
When: Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

What to expect: This easy, two-mile hike along a natural-surface trail will take us through lush, serene woodlands, around ponds, and over boardwalks and a small covered bridge. Fun fact: RibbonWalk derived its name from Queen Charlotte's family's gardens, through which pathways "ribboned" their way though the woods.

Where to meet: RibbonWalk Nature Preserve trailhead is located at 4601 Nevin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269. The drive is approximately 15 minutes from uptown. Note: Porta-potties are the only restroom facilities; plan accordingly.
What to bring:
A mask to wear as we gather
Comfortable walking shoes
Water and snacks
Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” ~Joyce Kilmer
When: Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Where to meet:
The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is located at 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte, NC 28215. In the park, follow signs in the park for the Nature Center parking lot.
What to expect: This easy, gently undulating, natural-surface loop trail meanders through shaded woods and by creeks and ponds. On this 3-mile hike, we’ll stop at the ruins of the Robinson Rockhouse, believed to have been built in 1790. The trailhead is located by the Nature Center and a natural play and picnic area, a great place to enjoy snacks or a picnic before heading home.

What to bring:
  • A mask to wear as we gather
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Snacks or a picnic lunch

The Rec Wing building is currently closed due to COVID-19 regulations.

Recreation Membership

 With membership, you gain access to the weight room, track, lockers, showers and basketball court. Contact Director Kevin Harper to sign up.
Membership is not necessary to participate in fitness classes though some classes do require a fee.

Membership Rates

Church Member Rates
* Daily Fee:  $1 per visit
* Student:  $25 per year
* Senior Adult (55+):  $25 per year
* Individual (ages 12-54):  $50 per year
* Household Individuals (residing at same address): $75 per year

Public Rates
* Daily Guest Fee:  $3 per visit
* Student:  $180 per year or $15 per month
* Senior Adult (55+):  $180 year or $15 per month
* Individual (ages 12-54):  $240 year or $20 per month
* Household Individuals (residing at same address):   $360 per year or $30 per month

Spring and Summer Hours

Mon. - Thurs.  6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri. 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun. 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fall and Winter Hours

Mon. & Wed. 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tues. & Thur. 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gym Amenities

Full line of cardio
 (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bike, upright bike, spin bike, and rowing machine)

Full new line of resistance equipment 
(chest press/shoulder press, pec fly/rear delt, lat pulldown/low row, leg press, leg extension/leg curl, and multi-function dual cable machine)

Free weights (dumbbells up to 50lbs)

Fitness balls, BOSU’s, battle rope, bars, bands, jump ropes, etc.

Free Wi-Fi and Parking

Locker rooms and showers available

fitness Group and Classes

Group Exercise & Training & Classes

Times, and price packages vary.  First class free!  
Personal Training: Our certified trainers offer one-on-one, buddy, and small group personal training. Fees vary.

Functional Fitness for Adults 60+: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9:30 - 10:30 am  Exercise under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist. First Class Free!

Total Body Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10am. Work out your entire body utilizing weights, bars, bands, balls, your body, and the environment.  First class free, then only $8 drop-in fee.

Stroller Strides:  A total fitness program that parents can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller, and the environment.  Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:45am-11:45am.  For more information see their website at Fit4mom Meet in the Rec Center Lobby.

Devoted Fitness: Jesus music, ladies dancing, sweating, and praising... That's Devoted Fitness!  Group fitness for your soul. We minister to others through faith, fitness, and fellowship.

Body Back: Under the Stroller Strides umbrella, Body Back® is a results-based workout designed for moms who want their body back; whether they just had a baby or their last child was born twenty years ago!

Hip-Hop Fitness: Hip Hop Fitness uses simple hip hop moves combined with upbeat music to keep you moving the whole time. Hip Hop is a great class to get your cardio workout, and have fun while doing it


Deep Stretch, Yin Flow:  A class designed to connect movement with breath, repeating movements and holding for longer periods to build strength and lengthen muscles.

Yoga + Prayer: Covenant Yoga is experiential worship specifically created to deepen your connection to Christ.  Our sole  purpose is to combine world class yoga with a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect with God

Gentle & Relax Yoga:
First Class Free! Beginners always welcome... mats, blocks and straps provided.      

Seated Yoga: Great class for the older folks!

Afternoon Yoga: Start the weekend off the right way.  Reduce the stress from the week while gaing strength and stamina.

Private Yoga: One on one yoga sessions with Stephanie Jeon.


45+ Pick-Up Basketball: Sundays 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

One-on-One Basketball Lessons:  Take your game to the next level!  Get trained by: Ricky Price, former Duke & Overseas Professional Player.  See his website and information here

Basketball Court Rentals: Looking for a court so your group or business can have weekly basketball games?  We are your place! Rates vary. Contact us today about your gym rental needs.

Youth Basketball League:  A Covenant tradition returns! We welcome ages 5 to 18. Applications are due by Oct. 18. Practices begin the week of Nov. 3. First games are Dec. 7 and continue through February. Click here for the registration form.

children's programs

Party Rentals
Rent our facility for your child's birthday, holiday, sports, movie theater, or dance party! Have full use of the court, dining/activity area and game room.  Balls, scooters, skates, parachute, and more!  Two hour block of time.  Cost for members is $75, for non-members cost is $115.  Bounce houses available for $45.

Youth Basketball League
Youth fall/winter basketball league with Playbook for Life.  Registration runs September through early October.
Discovery Afternoon
Extend the daily preschool curriculum while exploring science and the arts while discovering the world around us.

Soccer Shots
Introduce your child to the joys of soccer with Soccer Shots!

Summer Camps
We have you covered from basketball, soccer, art, music, yoga and preschool!

Other activities and Groups

Coed Adult Sports Leagues
During the year we offer kickball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football.  
Contact Kevin Harper if interested.
The Word Play Writing Class
Bring your pen, paper, and imagination for this fun writing class. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit through creative writing and poetry classes. Workshops also held. Dates and fees vary. Visit, or call Maureen at 704.494.9961.

Mondays / Wednesdays


9:30 am – Functional Fitness: 60+    
10:00 am – Stroller Strides
2:00 pm – Qi Gong
7:00 pm – Body Back


9:30 am – Functional Fitness: 60+    
10 am – Stroller Strides
12:15 pm – Seated Kripalu Yoga (packages available)

Tuesdays / Thursdays


6:00 am – Body Back (Outside/Gym)
     9:00 am – Total Body Training          
      10:00 am – Water Color   (RW2A)    
10 am – Stroller Strides
12:00 pm – Deep Stretch, Vin Flow Yoga
5:45 pm – Gentle Yoga  (RW3A)
   7:00 pm – Devoted Fitness


6:00 am – Body Back
9:00 am – Total Body Training          
    9:30 am – Gentle Yoga  (RW3A)      
10 am – Stroller Strides
10:00 am – Writing Class
7:00 pm – Devoted Fitness

 Friday, Saturday,  sunday


9:30 am  – Functional Fitness: 60+    
10:00 am – Stroller Strides  


10:00 am – Stroller Strides
11:00 am – Devoted Fitness


2:00 pm – Hip-Hop Fitness
3:00 pm – Pick-Up Basketball: 45+          
3:45 pm – Breathe, Stretch, and Relax  Yoga          
5:00 pm – Yoga + Prayer

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