Small Groups

Make our big church feel small by joining a small group. Here's a one-stop brochure.

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



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, Drew Quartapella, Paul Steffens

Millennials, a Sunday School class for 20s and 30s
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH105
Led by: Meg Hunter

Open Door
A diverse gathering of adults of all ages and a great first class for newcomers
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH201
Led by: Mary Parrish Coley
Childcare Provided

Fellowship Class
Largely adults 60+ with weekly conversational presentations by Covenant members
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH203
Led by: Cynthia Tyson

People Class
Adults who enjoy vigorous dialogue on a variety of topics
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: FH Library
Led by: Kay Tawney
Childcare Provided

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

First Sunday Congregation Wide Sunday School
Time: 9:30 a.m. (First Sunday of Each Month)
Location: FH203
For: Adults/Young Adults who want to learn more about Covenant and the tenants of our faith
Childcare Provided

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

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

YA 1st Sunday Lunch
Time: 12:00 p.m. (1st Sundays)
Location: Off Campus
For: All Young Adults
Led by: Jen Christianson

Sign up for Sunday classes

PW Circle - Mary
Time: 9:30 a.m. (Second Monday of the month)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Moira Arndts
Childcare available by reservation

PW Circle - Abigail
Time: 12 p.m. (First Monday of the month)
Location: Fellowship Hall 105
For: Women
Led by: Donna McNairy
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
Childcare available by reservation

Sign up for Monday classes 

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. Currently studying biblical wisdom literature.
Time: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the FH Library
Led by: Henry Trexler and Kelly Zellars

Young Adult Women's Group
Sermon series, discussions and activities
Time: 1st Tuesdays in FH201, and 3rd Tuesdays in members’ homes, 7-8 p.m.
Led by: Eleanor Sojka, Ashley Holland, Ally Hunter, Sarah Lipsey

Uptown Bible Study 
Time: Noon
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas Conference Room
For: Anyone
Led by: Jessica Patchett

Young Adult Men's Group
Devotions and Drafts (off-campus at Dilworth Grille)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m.
Led by: John Lipsey, Austin Flynn

PW Circle - Susanna
Time: 2 p.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: Sharon Towers
For: Women
Book: Book of Hebrews
Led by: Judy White

PW Circle - Lydia
Time: 10 a.m. (First Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Book: Book of Hebrews
Led by: Dotsy Leist

PW Circle - Joanna
Time: 10:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
Location: EW212
For: Women
Focus: Book of Hebrews, quilting and cross-stitching
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

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

Sign up for Tuesday classes 


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 


Women's Small Group
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Led by: Lucy Crain

South Park Workday Bible Study 
Open to all, this group will explore creation's origins in Genesis this fall.
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Room 201
For: All
Led by: Jerry Jernigan

PW Circle - Naomi
Time: 12 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: FH105
For: Women
Led by: Maude Cantrell and Anita Pendergraph

PW Circle - Hineni
Time: 6:30 p.m. (1st Thursday)
Location: EW201
For: Women
Focus: Book of Hebrews
Led by: Carla Haughton

PW Circle - Ruth
Time: 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Thursday of the month)
Location: Members' homes
Focus: Listening to podcasts and discussion
Led by: Ashlee Anderson and Hannah Leaf

PW Circle - Weavings
Time: 7 p.m. (3rd Thursday)
Location: Parlor
For: Women
Periodical: Weavings Magazine
Led by: Sue Lacy

Sign up for Thursday classes 

PW Circle - Dorcas
Time: Varies
Location: Off campus
For: Women
Objective: Visit Nonprofits
Led by: Tricia Smith

Sign up for these classes 

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.