Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Young adults

learning, serving and fellowship

Whether you are new to Charlotte or have been here for your whole life, you’ll find a community built on faith, compassion, generosity and love.

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Welcome

We are grateful for your interest in Young Adults at Covenant!

Our goal is to continually build a community of friends who serve together, learn together, and share life’s ups and downs together. We would love for you to be a part of it.

Whether you are new to Charlotte or have been here for your whole life, you’ll find a community built on faith, compassion, generosity, and love here at Covenant. We strive to be a place where each and every person feels supported, while also being a ministry which serves the wider community and world.  We invite you to follow us on Instagram to find out more about what we have in store.

Announcements and Updates 

Sign up now for the Young Adult Fall Retreat!

October 21-23, Lake Lure, NC 
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:20
Retreat to the beautiful North Carolina mountains with your young adult friends for a time of fellowship, spiritual renewal, and a chance to unwind! We’ll explore the biblical theme of sabbath, as well as have a chance to practice it. We’ll share meals together, grow in our faith, and have a lot of fun! Optional free time activities include hiking Chimney Rock, visiting local breweries, golfing, and more. A $50 deposit is due when you sign up, and the remaining $150 is due on October 1st. Sign-ups close October 1. Space is limited to 16 participants so sign up soon! Questions? Contact Molly Smerko.  
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required for attendance on this trip. You may also be asked to submit a negative COVID-19 test before the trip. We will follow Covenant’s current Re-Opening Task Force guidelines.

Young Adults Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 21st, Fall Kickoff, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.,Olde Mecklenburg Brewery  The arrival of fall means new opportunities to learn, serve, and build great friendships! Join us as we reconnect with food, drinks, and welcoming conversation. You’ll hear a little more from our leadership about the ways that you can get meaningfully connected to our ministry and what makes our young adult community so special. Reach out to Molly Smerko to learn more or Sign Up Here!

Sunday, September 4th- First Sunday Community Meal, 12:30 pm, Capishe (E. Morehead St.)   Who has the best pizza in Charlotte? We’ll put this challenge to the test as we enjoy lunch together at Capishe! Contact Daisy Torres for more information.

Saturday, September 10th- Fall Forward with Covenant, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Anne Springs Greenway- Bruce T. Rush Pavilion  
Note: We will NOT have Second Saturday Service this Saturday.   Meet up with your young adult friends and build intergenerational connections at our church wide retreat. There will be time for fellowship, recreation, and worship as we spend time with our wider church family. The young adults will host a tie-dye station as part of the fun! Cost is $15, which includes a cookout lunch. Sign up here!

Sunday, September 18th- Coffeehouse, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Welcome Center Lobby 
Coffeehouse is an opportunity to dive deeper into your faith in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Come for coffee, donuts, and meaningful conversation! Contact Allison Kieb with any questions.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

  • A/V Team Volunteers
    Are you looking for a way to serve the church? The Audio/Video team needs your help! This is a great way to get connected to the church, give of your time, and meet new people. No experience necessary! Contact Jason Graffis for more information.
  • Volunteer as a Math Tutor to Benefit Highland Renaissance Academy! 
    Want to support a child at Highland Renaissance Academy with only 1 hour per week? Heart Math Tutoring recruits and supports volunteers as tutors to ensure all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success. You can sign-up to volunteer as a tutor and select your day and time for Highland Renaissance (8:45-9:45 am or 1:00-2:00 pm). Please email Kelsey Ripley with questions.

Join Young Adults Small Group(s)

Joining a small group is a great way to build new friendships and dive deeper into your faith. 
  • The PATH! 
    PATH will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom. Questions? Contact Grace Williams.
  • Sunday Evening Women’s Group
    This group will meet the second and fourth Sunday evening of each month from 5-6 pm at Freedom Park (Starbucks on East Boulevard if it rains) . Interested in signing up or learning more? Contact Molly Smerko.
  • Men’s Small Group
    Join fellow young adult men for a chance to foster faith-centered friendships through conversation and prayer. Contact Steven Howell for more details.
  • Young Adult Mothers Group
    Come enjoy fellowship with young adult mothers, expectant mothers, and those who pray to be mothers soon! Contact Christie Collins for more information.

meet Molly Smerko

Pastoral Resident for Education and Young Adult Ministry

Molly was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, but calls Raleigh home. She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina with a B.A. in Religious and Ethical Studies and Spanish. She earned her M.Div from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She has served at several Presbyterian churches in North Carolina and Virginia and completed her clinical pastoral education (CPE) at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Molly was ordained at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, the church where she grew up, on April 24, 2022. Molly is passionate about journeying with people of all ages and stages through the joys and complexities of life. Molly finds great joy in spending time with her friends and family, reading a good book, and trying her hand at watercolors. When not at church, Molly can be found walking around her neighborhood or throwing a tennis ball for her sweet but rambunctious German Shepherd, Ginny.

Community learning

At Covenant Young Adults, we believe that we are called to learn with and from each other. That’s why we have multiple opportunities for community learning throughout the year. We hope you’ll take advantage of these events: they are a wonderful way to grow in faith while getting to know some great people.


Young Adults Coffeehouse

Third Sunday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center
We learn best when we learn from and with each other. This is a judgment-free zone and welcomes any young adult. So bring your thoughts, your questions, and your doubts. Coffeehouse isn’t a Sunday School class. Nor is it a small group. Instead, it’s a place for conversation. In an informal setting, we will explore our views on God.


Young Adults Bible Study

Last Tuesday Evening of the Month
Open to any young adult who wants to study Scripture, this group meets on the last Tuesday evening of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Gatherings blend thoughtful-yet-accessible Bible study with opportunities to grow friendships. 

Small Group Options

Covenant is a large congregation, but we understand the importance of small, close-knit, communities. That’s why we encourage our members and participants to be involved in a small group. These groups are great places to build friendships, learn, and pray. Below are our group options

The Path: An Accessible Group For Women
The Path is a group for any young adult woman – but with a special focus on those who are new to Covenant or to the Christian faith. The group encourages faith-centered learning and fun fellowship: it’s a great place to get to know new friends! The Path will meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom. Questions? Contact Grace Williams.

Young Adult Men’s Group
Join fellow young adult men for a chance to foster faith-centered friendships through conversation and prayer. Contact Steven Howell for more details.

Faith & Fellowship
Offering a place for joyful friendships and meaningful conversation, Faith and Fellowship is supportive group for young adult women. They are a diverse community of people of all ages and stages.

Women’s Sunday Evening Group
This newly formed group offers women a chance to explore their faith and make friendships in a fun and relaxed setting. This group will meet the second and fourth Sunday evening of each month from 5-6:30 pm at Catawba Brewing. Interested in signing up or learning more? Contact Molly Smerko.

Young Adult Mothers Group
Come enjoy fellowship with young adult mothers, expectant mothers, and those who pray to be mothers soon! Contact Christie Collins for more information.

serving

Second Saturday Service

On the second Saturday morning of each month, we offer young adults the opportunity to work side by side to serve their neighbors across Charlotte. Collaborating with ministry partners across Charlotte and the wider region, Covenant Young Adults offers you the opportunity to make a real impact. Contact us to learn more about upcoming opportunities.

Seasonal Service Projects

Throughout the year, we gather to support significant group projects such as Covenant Impacts Charlotte (our church-wide day of service), Habitat for Humanity builds, or environmental cleanups. We'd love to have you participate in our next one!

Global and Regional Mission Work

We encourage young adults to participate in Covenant-sponsored mission trips around the world. These offerings occur throughout the year and are a great way to serve, learn, and build connections across our church community.

Fellowship

At Covenant Young Adults we strive to cultivate meaningful, lasting, and faith-centered friendships. As such, we create regular opportunities for you to meet new people and strengthen existing relationships. We hope you will consider joining us! Our fellowship events are always open to all young adults and they are a great way to plug in if you are new to Charlotte or Covenant.

First Sunday Community Meal
On the first Sunday of each month we gather at a local restaurant at 12:30 to share a meal and conversation together. It is a great way to catch-up, meet new friends, and explore the city! Contact us to learn more about the next one!

Seasonal and Special Events
Throughout the year we host some great special and seasonal events, such as our Spring Social, Fall Kick Off, Friendsgiving, and Christmas Party. We'd love to welcome you to our next one!

Quarterly Happy Hours

Every three months we offer an informal happy hour at one of Charlotte's amazing breweries! These casual Thursday evening gatherings are a fun way to connect and get ready for the week ahead!

Interested in connecting with us?

People seek out a church for many different reasons. To learn more and get connected, drop Ian a line below and he will reach out.