Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Covenant youth

discovering a love of service and a passion for prayer

Called to cultivate community, serve and love our neighbors, and worship with open hearts.

Get Connected with Middle School Youth
This Fall, join MSY Director Alyssa Pacheco and adult leaders for Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship will be held on Sunday and every Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to contact us about these gatherings.
(Please note: We do not publish links publicly for the safety of our Youth).
Get Connected with High School Youth
Join HSY Director Martin Pruitt and adult leaders for virtual Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Virtual fellowship is every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Click here to contact us for a link to these zoom gatherings and fellowship opportunities!
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When our community thrives, so do we

At Covenant, we recognize the immense potential of each and every young mind – the potential to shape, not only our congregation, but the entire community.

We find joy in being teachers, mentors, and cheerleaders to our youth. We celebrate together in the good moments, and offer comfort in the bad. We believe in fostering individuality, curiosity, and compassion for our neighbors. Above all, we recognize that there is as much to learn from our youth as there is to teach, and appreciate the opportunity to witness the one-of-a-kind growth of each child.

As our youth tackle the big questions of life and faith, we invite you to join our community with open minds and open hearts. Whether it’s helping them discover their love of service or their passion for prayer, we are excited to offer our support – and looking forward to all you can contribute to our youth family!

Meet Alyssa Pacheco

Director of Middle School Ministries 

Alyssa graduated from Queens University after completing her studies a semester early. She has a strong interest in youth ministry, having served as a CROSS Guide at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a youth volunteer at The Grove.

Alyssa interned in the Mayor's Office and served at Queens as a Civic Engagement Fellow, helping with voter registration and engagement.

Meet Martin Pruitt

Director of High School Youth 

Martin graduated from Presbyterian College in 2013 with majors in religion and Christian education and minors in youth work and leadership. He also has a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts and Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Since 2013, Martin served as Director of Youth and Christian Education at Sharon Presbyterian, where he reinvigorated and increased participation in youth programs. Martin helped lead Bulldog Prayers – the multi-faith devotional group at A.G. Middle School. In his spare time, Martin enjoys playing rugby with the Charlotte Royals and doing home renovations with his wife, Anna.

Youth ministry Weekly overview

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School takes place masked from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the middle and high school youth rooms.
Sign up for our e-blasts or email Martin/Alyssa for the upcoming fellowship schedule. 

Sunday and Wednesday Evening Youth Fellowship

Youth Fellowship takes place on Sunday nights, as well as Wednesday nights during Covenant’s Open Table program. On Sundays, dinner will be provided from 6-6:30 p.m. with programming from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sign up for our e-blasts or email Martin/Alyssa for the upcoming fellowship schedule.

(Please note: We do not publish links publicly for the safety of our Youth).

BASE Program 

Middle School (Grades 6-7)

Sign up for our High School Youth Group Remind Texts!  Send a text to 81010 with the message @msy20 
or email Alyssa and ask to join.!

The Church serves as a safe landing place for middle-schoolers when so much is changing.

BASE Program

BASE is our Youth program for 6th and 7th graders, which uses Sunday School to teach our youth about Christian principles, theology, and how to build one's own faith, and fellowship to teach our youth about forming a support system in the church.

Middle School Annual Milestone Programs

Youth engage in milestones as markers of their time in ministry at Covenant and to help them grow in discipleship and community. Each year, youth are invited to an exciting way to mark their time in Youth ministry at Covenant.
Sixth Grade Transition
The middle school youth program intentionally meets with rising 6th graders and parents in the summer, just before the start of school, to discuss joining not just middle school youth at Covenant, but to discuss the transition from elementary to middle school.

Seventh Grade: "Middle of Middle"
Seventh graders will celebrate being “in the middle” of middle school with a special Sunday milestone event. They will create testimonies to be used in worship and create a stepping stone to be collected at the church in honor of each 7th grade class.

QUEST program 

Middle School (Grade 8)

QUEST

QUEST is Covenant’s 8th grade Confirmation class, which will occasionally separate from BASE during Sunday School or for other fellowship opportunities. Our QUEST curriculum encourages 8th graders to dive into the church and its teachings more deeply while exploring the values which speak to their individual faith the most.

Eighth grade students can participate in QUEST in order to achieve Confirmation. Students will attend a QUEST retreat, visit places of other faiths, write a statement of faith, and have a mentor guiding them throughout the year. If your eighth grader is interested in joining QUEST, email Alyssa Pacheco.

QUEST Annual Milestones

Fellowship and Study beach and Montreat trips for rising 9th graders as opportunities.

High school Youth

(Grades 9-12)

Sign up for our High School Youth Group Remind Texts!  Send a text to 81010 with the message @covpresby to sign up!

High School youth ministry focuses on four cornerstones: Fellowship, Worship, Study and Service. 

During the school year, we have offer retreats for fellowship and study:  to the mountains in the Fall, skiing in the winter and the beach in the spring. Throughout the year, we explore topics from all walks of life, worship, study, assist with service projects, create art projects, and have a great time together. All youth , grades 9-12, are welcomed and encouraged to come and join along in programming on Sunday mornings and evenings, as well as Wednesday evenings. Regardless of who you are, where you are from, prior affiliation with the church or participation anywhere else, you have a place in Covenant High School Youth!

During the school year you can find us around campus on Sunday’s in The Landing for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Youth Fellowship from 6-7 p.m. following dinner at 5:30. Wednesday evenings we gather for dinner at Open Table @ Covenant followed by games, service projects and studies focusing on Biblical topics, Theology & World Religions.

High School Youth Annual Milestone Programs

Youth engage in milestones as markers of their time in ministry at Covenant and to help them grow in discipleship and community. Each year, youth are invited to an exciting way to mark their time in Youth ministry at Covenant.
Ninth Grade Welcome Dinner
Intentionally inclusive time for upperclassmen to welcome ninth graders into High School Youth (HSY) group. A transition dinner from Middle School Youth to HSY, ninth graders will also work with the HSY director and artist to create portraits with their hopes for the coming life of HSY. These will hang in their HSY room and then be used in worship during their Senior Year. In senior and freshman pairs, upperclassmen make dinner for ninth graders, time capsule to be opened senior Sunday. All done during dinner.

Tenth Grade Faith and Sexuality Seminar 
more focused on healthy relationships as follow up to 5th grade faith and sexuality. A Saturday morning time for tenth graders to have open and honest communication about healthy relationships and sexuality in the Christian faith.

Eleventh Grade: Listening to Your Life Faith and Career Fair (Fall)
College Admissions Workshop (Spring) – focusing on the application process.
Consider including senior youth and parents with insight on lessons learned. Tools for discernment, PCUSA scholarship opportunities, etc.

Senior Sermons

During Youth Sunday, seniors are invited to offer the sermon. This provides them with the opportunity to celebrate their time at Covenant and to bid farewell to the church as students graduate from high school.

Senior Sunday
Graduating seniors are recognized during worship services at Covenant.

Yucatan, Mexico Mission Trip
This mission trip allows high school graduates to invest in the faith community, while providing service to those in the Yucatan. To make this milestone more successful, there is an intentional connection for graduates to share their Yucatan story with their Covenant family.

High School Youth Key Dates

•Transition Celebration: August 15, 4:00 p.m. (rising 9th graders only)
•Back-to-school Welcome: August 22, 6:00 p.m.
•Fall Kick Off (Parents welcome and invited): September 12

Interested in connecting with us?

We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line and we'll get back with you. 

Retreat and Mission Trip Trips

See below for mission trip opportunities to be rescheduled in the near future. 

High School Summer Mission Trip – John’s Island, South Carolina – Date TBD

Our Mission trip to John's Island, South Carolina.  John's Island is right outside of Charleston where we will work on building houses with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity! Cost: $350.00 per youth. 

Graduating Seniors Mission Trip – Yucatan, Mexico – Date TBD

The trip to the Yucatan is for high school youth who have finished their senior year and are looking for a mission experience that will help them prepare for the next step after high school.  The trip to the Yucatan is a week full of concrete work and relationship building with both your own group and our brothers and sisters who you will meet in Mexico.  This is a great trip for you to broaden your horizons and experience the work of God in a different country!  Cost: $850 per youth.

Middle School CROSS Mission Work – Charlotte – Date TBD

The Covenant Middle School Youth will attend CROSS Mission at Myers Park Presbyterian Church this summer where we will with the  community through urban ministry. CROSS will challenge us to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and love those in need.  Cost: $350.00 per youth.

High School Youth Conference in Montreat – Date TBD

Come spend a week in the mountains of North Carolina with a 1000 other high school youth while you worship, relax and play together.  The Montreat Youth Conference is a week long event that includes keynote speakers, small groups, recreation and worship every day.  While we are there we stay in rental houses and eat all meals together with our Covenant group but you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with other youth from around the country!   Cost is $450.00 per youth.