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.

The Rec Wing will remain closed until March.

run with perserverance, a new health offering

Look and feel your best in the new year. The Rec Wing invites you to a 12-week coaching program led by our own Kevin Harper. You'll gain personal nutrition and exercise strategies to reach your wellness goals. Here's how it works:

  • You'll receive a heart rate monitor to track real-time data
  • Access to a mobile app for video-on-demand classes
  • Livestream workouts to improve your heart rate
  • Customized nutrition/meal plan
  • Begins Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • Accountability coaching with Kevin Harper, Rec Wing Director

join hiking group for
outdoor adventures

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

January
Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein 
  • When: Saturday, January 9 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where to meet: The Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve, located at 15700 Thompson Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227
  • What to expect: Check out Charlotte’s latest nature preserve! This 3-mile natural-surface hike through the woods starts and ends at a brand new, state-of-the-art nature center. The loop trail meanders along the creek and through natural forest area protected from surrounding development between I-485 and HWY 51.

February
McDowell Nature Preserve
“Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you” ~Frank Lloyd Wright 
 When: Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Where to meet: McDowell Nature Preserve is located at 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278. Follow signs in the park for the Nature Center parking lot.
What to expect: McDowell Nature Preserve offers a number of beautiful loop trails over a variety of terrains. This gently undulating 2.5-mile hike will take us through the woods and along the banks of Lake Wylie across from Copperhead Island.
 
March
Latta Nature Preserve
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~Vincent Van Gogh   
When: Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Where to meet: The Latta Nature Preserve is located at 6345 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078. Follow signs in the park for the Nature Center parking lot.
 What to expect: This easy, flat, natural-surface loop trail through shaded woods will take us by the equestrian center, toward the banks of Mountain Island Lake, and around the Carolina Raptor Center.  
 
April
King’s Mountain State Park/Living History Farm
“Come to the woods, for here is rest.” ~John Muir
When: Saturday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m.
Where to meet: Kings Mountain State Park is located at Lake Crawford Rd., Clover, SC 29710. We will meet in the RV/Tent Campground parking area (From SC-161, turn right onto State Route 705/Park Rd. Take the second right onto Lake Crawford Rd. at the admission booth ($2/adult; $1.25/SC Seniors; free/age 15 and under). The parking area and restrooms are located by Lake Crawford approximately 1 mile from the admission booth.)
What to expect: This easy, 3 mile hike will traverse gently rolling hills, first passing an impressive Civilian Conservation Corp-era dam at the end of Lake Crawford and leading to the Living History Farm, a replica mid-19th century farm that includes a number of live animals and historically accurate buildings.
 
May
Landsford Canal State Park
“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 
When: Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m.
Where to meet: Landsford Canal State Park main entrance, located at 2051 Park Dr., Catawba, SC 29704. Here, you’ll find a restroom, playground and picnic pavilion. It’s also where you’ll pay park admission. ($5/adult 16 years and older; $3/child ages 6-15; free/age 5 and under).
What to expect: This flat 3-mile hike will hug the banks of the Catawba River, following the Landsford Canal, a relic of the 19th century built to bypass the river’s rocky rapids. Remnants of the canal, which at one point served as an important trading route between the foothills and coastal plain, can be seen along the route. Landsford Canal State Park is also home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies, which are in full bloom this time of year. They can be viewed from an overlook mid-way through the hike. We’ll end with a picnic lunch at the park entrance.


June
South Fork Trail
“All good things are wild and free.” ~Henry David Thoreau 
When: Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Where to meet: The South Fork Trail trailhead is at 119 Willow Dr., McAdenville, NC, 28101.
What to expect:  This easy, flat, out-and-back natural-surface trail, first used by Native Americans, hugs the bank of the South Fork of the Catawba River, connecting McAdenville to Lowell two miles away. The hike starts with a trek under I-85 and a beautiful train trestle and passes a number of interesting historical remnants, including the stone pillars of a bridge burned by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Part of the Butterfly Highway, this lush, quiet trail is full of wildlife.

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

Yoga

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.

basketball

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 http://www.gamereadysd.com

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:  We are currently evaluating the basketball safety policy for this season and will post updates here when a policy has been finalized.

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 http://www.maureenryangriffin.com, or call Maureen at 704.494.9961.

Mondays / Wednesdays

Mondays

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

Wednesdays

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

Tuesdays / Thursdays

Tuesdays

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

Thursdays

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

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! https://www.soccershots.org/charlotte/

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

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