Small Groups

Many groups pause during the summer. Please email Sally Jackson in the Ed Wing to find out about our summer schedule.

SUNDAYS | MONDAYS | TUESDAYS | WEDNESDAYS | THURSDAYS | FRIDAYS | OTHER | FAQs

SUNDAYS

Men's Bible Study
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: FH205
For: Men ages 30 to 60 interested in issues of faith and Scripture
Led by: Andy Ball

Open Door
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great class for newcomers
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH201
Led by: Megan Leach McCann
Focus: Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough
Childcare Provided

Fellowship Class
Largely adults (singles + couples) 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH203
Led by: Ed Jenkins
Focus: We'll study the Book of Romans

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH Library
Led by: Kay Tawney
Focus: The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul
Childcare Provided

Foundations for Young Parents
Sunday morning small group for parents of young children
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: FH205
Led by: Stuart Pratt
Childcare Provided

First Sunday Congregation Wide Sunday School - Walk a Mile of Faith in My Shoes
Time: 9:30 a.m. (First Sunday of Each Month)
Location: FH203
8 Stories to Restore Hope in God and Humanity
Childcare Provided

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Explore God’s neighborly economy in our scriptures, stories and streets. 
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Led by: Greg and Helms Jarrell
Location TBA. We'll meet weekly Oct. 14-Nov. 18. RSVPs requested.

Sunday Evening Young Adult Women
Mostly women in our late 20s and 30s who gather for friendship in members' homes
Time: 6 p.m.
Led by: Jessica Patchett
Focus: We'll study the Book of Romans

PW Circle - Elizabeth
Time: 5:30 p.m. (3rd Sunday of the month)
Location: The Hole
For: Women
Focus: Support the Dove's Nest nonprofit
Led by: Janet Delery

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MONDAYS
PW Circle - Mary
Time: 9:30 a.m. (Second Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Evelyn Hagood
Focus: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Childcare available by reservation

PW Circle - Abigail
Time: 11:30 a.m. (Third Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Dana Upchurch
Topic varies by month
Childcare available by reservation

PW Circle - Miriam
Time: 9:30 a.m. (4th Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: New young mothers
Led by: Meredith Thomas
Focus: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
Childcare available by reservation

Sign up for Monday classes 


TUESDAYS
Men's Bible Study
Time: 7 a.m. (Joins Men's Fellowship Breakfast on the 4th Tuesdays)
Location: FH 105
Book: Scripture

Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Time: 7 a.m. (4th Tuesdays)
Location: FH 107A/B
For: Men                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Click here to make reservations.

Sisters In Spirit Breakfast
Time: 7 a.m. (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Location: FH107
For: Women
Click here to make reservations.

Tuesday Lunch Group
All-ages group with diverse opinions. 
Time: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the FH Library
Led by: Henry Trexler and Kelly Zellars
Focus: We're studying the Book of Confessions
Click here for details.

The Path, Young Adult Women's Group
New to Charlotte? New to Covenant? Join us to create new life patterns as young adults.
Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Sanctuary Parlor at Covenant
Led by: Ashlee Anderson and Robin Goodson
Click here for details.

Faith & Fellowship, Young Adult Women's Group
Women in our 30s navigating career and relationship changes
Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in off-campus locations
Led by: CK Rizzo

Uptown Bible Study 
Bring a lunch for lively conversations on the Book of Romans
Time: Noon
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas Conference Room
For: Anyone
Led by: Jessica Patchett and Ben Mallicote
Click here for details.

PW Circle - Susanna
Time: 2 p.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: Sharon Towers
For: Women
Book: PW Horizon Bible study, God’s Promise, I Am With You
Led by: Judy White

PW Circle - Lydia
Time: 10 a.m. (First Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: PW Horizon Bible study, God’s Promise, I Am With You
Led by: Dotsy Leist

PW Circle - Joanna
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: PW Horizon Bible study, God’s Promise, I Am With You
Led by: Leigh Hutchinson

PW Circle - Anna
Time: 12 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: FH105
For: Women
Book: Faith Stories
Led by: Nancy Sutton

PW Circle - Deborah
Time: 1:30 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: Book Club
Led by: De Aycock

YA Men's Group
Time: 7 p.m. (First and Third Tuesdays of the month)
Location: Off-campus spots
Focus: Join us for community and conversation.
Led by: John Lipsey, Austin Flynn, Ian Clark

PW Circle - Phoebe
Time: 7 p.m. (Third Tuesday of the month)
Location: Members' homes
For: Women
Focus: Current topics
Led by: Katie Leaf

Sign up for Tuesday classes 


WEDNESDAYS

Open Table Dinner
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: FH107
For: All
Click here to make reservations

Open Table Programming
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13- Oct. 11
Location: FH207
For: All
Led by: Guest speakers

Sign up for Wednesday classes 


THURSDAYS

Women's Bible Study
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Louise Ripple

South Park Workday Bible Study 
Open to all, this group will explore the Book of Romans
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Room 201
For: All
Led by: Robin Goodson and Jerry Jernigan

Uptown Bible Study
Bring a lunch for lively conversations on the Book of Romans
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas
For: All
Led by: Jessica Patchett and Ian Clark
Click here for details.

PW Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105
For: Women
Book: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Led by: Pat Viser and Liz Moore

PW Circle - Hineni
Time: 6:30 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: PW Horizon Bible study, God's Promise, I Am With You
Led by: Amy Magid

PW Circle - Weavings
Time: 7 p.m. (3rd Thursday)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Book: In the Sanctuary of Women
Led by: Suzanne Harmon

Sign up for Thursday classes 


OTHER


Intercessory Prayer Ministry This group meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. to pray for needs in our church and community. Contact Joan Watson to learn more.

Small Group FAQs:

How many people are in a Small Group?
Generally 6-10. Groups may begin small and invite new members. After a group grows beyond 10 members, it may divide into two groups!

How often do Small Groups meet?
Either once a week or once every other week, with regular breaks to rest and start fresh. We suggest that your group meet in three seasonal sessions, Fall: September – November; Spring: Advent, January, Lent; and Summer. We also suggest that your group meet weekly for at least three months before considering whether to meet weekly or every other week.

What happens in a Small Group meeting?
Small Group meetings include time for checking-in about life, discussion or activity relating to the group’s chosen material for faith formation (scripture, books, art, video, etc), discipleship questions and commitments, and prayer.

How long are Small Group meetings?
Generally, small groups meet for an hour and a half. This allows groups to dig deep both into the lives of one another and the content they are studying. Groups may add a meal and informal time together, as well.

Who leads Small Group meetings?
Small Groups begin with a facilitator, perhaps one who has been trained in the Refresh Retreat and who attends monthly Refresh gatherings for leaders. If groups continue to meet for more than six months, group members are trained to facilitate, so that no one gets tired and everyone learns to lead. All small group facilitators, members, and those interested in small groups are invited to attend Refresh offerings.

What kinds of Small Groups are there?
Small Groups may be organized around common interests, neighborhoods, ages and stages, or any number of other reasons why people tend to connect with one another. If you are interested in being part of a group for a particular purpose that isn’t represented, please contact Jessica Patchett.

How long do Small Groups stay together?
As long as they are healthy and continue to have a common purpose. Small Groups are asked to complete a Group Health Evaluation near the end of each seasonal session to determine whether or not the group will continue into another season.

What if I don’t want to continue with my Small Group?
Be honest! Express your feelings and concerns to your group and let them know when you plan to leave the group. How do I become a Small Group facilitator for a new group or a group that splits from a larger group? Contact Jessica Patchett to begin your journey as a facilitator.