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.

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!

Youth Fall Kickoff

Calling ALL Middle School and High School Youth and Their Parents
September 11th 6:00p.m. @Covenant
It’s time to start a new year of youth ministry at Covenant! Come and celebrate the start of a new chapter filled with connections, worship, service, and fun!
This year we are “Under Construction” we’re exploring the ways in which we connect with God to build our community and build God’s kingdom!
 Dress up in your best construction attire, bring your friends and your family and let’s get the year going!
We’ll have time to fill out forms, eat some Hors D’oeuvres, play games, meet our advisors, learn about the calendar for the year, and more!
Sign Up Here to let us know you’re coming!

High School Youth Updates

A Message from Martin, High School Youth Director

Here at Covenant High School Youth, we have had the BEST summer! We’ve stayed connected, played, worshipped, and served. This summer we went on some incredible trips.

In June, the group went to James Island, South Carolina and served with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity where we served with local volunteers and future homeowners to build homes. Throughout the week, we learned about ways in which God has built the world and how we can continue to build God’s kingdom. We built a home’s foundation, insulated a home, installed doors and trim, and made a difference, accomplishing way more than we could have imagined.

In July, we went to Montreat, North Carolina for a truly impactful week of the Montreat Youth Conference. We had a big group of high schoolers and advisors that had the best time learning about how God has created us to be and always provided “More Than Enough”. We worshipped, danced, played, talked, hiked, ate, relaxed, learned, and developed stronger relationships with one another and with God.

The summer has been amazing and it’s not quite over yet but its almost time for a new season and another year of school, sports, ministry, and mission! Covenant High School Youth have a full calendar of fun, fellowship, service, worship, and more coming up quickly. We want YOU here!

Coming Up Soon!

  • August 28th – 9th Grade Welcome to High School! 5:00 p.m. @ High School Youth Room – Let’s make your mark on the Youth Room and Establish your legacy! Sign Up Here
  • August 28th – Back to School Party! 6:30p.m. @High School Youth Room – We’re celebrating your imminent return to school and the start to a new year! Come to eat, reconnect, and get excited about a new year!
  • September 11th – Fall Youth Kickoff! 6:00p.m. @Covenant –It’s time to start a new year of youth ministry at Covenant! Come and celebrate the start of a new chapter filled with connections, worship, service, and fun! This year we are “Under Construction” we’re exploring the ways in which we connect with God to build our community and build God’s kingdom! Dress up in your best construction attire, bring your friends and your family and let’s get the year going! We’ll have time to fill out forms, eat some Hors D’oeuvres, play games, meet our advisors, learn about the calendar for the year, and more! Sign Up Here to let us know you’re coming!
  • September 18th – Sunday School gets started! Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.  in the High School Youth Room on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of each month! We’ll have doughnuts and get started for the year by looking at the idea that God is with us and explore what the presence of God looks and feels like in our everyday lives.
  • September 18th – Youth Fellowship kicks off! Youth Fellowship starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by Fellowship in the High School Room from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.! This week we will have a dream session for this school year and take a look at where we’re going together! Youth Fellowship meets on campus the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of each month unless otherwise noted!

Save The Date!

  •  October 28th – 30th: High School Fall Retreat, Montreat, NC! Let’s go and have a “mountaintop experience”! We will have hiking, devotions, delicious food, crafts and more! Come and celebrate the beauty of Fall in the North Carolina mountains with your best friends from Church!  This retreat is intentionally on a long weekend for CMS to give you more time to decompress after your first quarter of the school year!
  • January 20th - 22nd, 2023: High School Winter Retreat, Winterplace, WV! It’s going to be snowing! Let’s head into the artic tundra for West Virginia and enjoy the winter with skiing and hot cocoa!  
  • June 11th -17th, 2023:  High School Mission Trip! You’ll get all the details at the Fall Kickoff but you should save the date NOW! The High School Mission Trip this summer was incredible, you should definitely be a part of it in 2023!  
  • July 9th -15th, 2023: High School Youth Conference, Montreat, NC! It may seem like forever away but it’s never too early to save your place for an incredible week at Montreat! We’ll sing, dance, play, make friends, eat, worship, hike and maybe even sleep!  

Middle School Youth Updates

A Message from Alyssa Pacheco, MSY Director

Every Year, I get to welcome new faces into Covenant’s Youth Program and every year, I’m blown away by the joy and inspiration our young ones bring to the table. I am excited to work with our new class of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to create an unforgettable Middle School Youth Year. Below are ways to get involved in time for the new school year!
*Email Alyssa at alyssa.pacheco@covenantpresby.org
*Text or call Alyssa at 803-361-7751
*Follow Covenant’s Middle School program at @covenantmsyouth
*Download the Remind app and join the class @msy20 to receive reminders straight to your phone

Backpack Sunday

Calling all Middle School Youth!  Each year, Covenant members donate much needed school supplies and we use them to fill backpacks for students at Highland Renaissance Academy.  Join us at the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, August 28th as we help the children in the Children's Ministry along with the Mission and Outreach team  fill these backpacks as we prepare to donate them. Join us in the circle for this fun activity!  

Planning Ahead for the Fall

Sunday, August 28:  Back to School Party
Sunday, September 11:  Fall Youth Kickoff
Wednesday, September 14 - Wednesday, November 13: Wednesday Night Fellowship Runs Weekly
Friday, October 28 - Sunday, October 30: Middle School Fall Retreat
Sunday, November 6: The 8th Grade "Quest" Program Kicks Off
Sunday, December 11: Youth Christmas Party

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.
On the first Sunday of each month, Youth attend worship with Youth leaders at the 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. Contemporary service.

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 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. with programming from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

BASE Program 

Middle School (Grades 6-7)

Sign up for our 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.

High school Youth Overview

(Grades 9-12)

Sign up for our High School Youth Group Remind Texts!  Text "@covhs2021" to 81010 to sign up!

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

During the school year, we 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.

Tenth Grade Faith and Sexuality Seminar 
More focused on healthy relationships as a follow up to 5th grade faith and sexuality. A program 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.

Meet Alyssa Pacheco

Director of Middle School Ministries 

Alyssa graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in December of 2019 (and finally got to safely walk across the stage in May of 2021!) While in college, she developed a deep love for religious and youth education, service, and community advocacy, volunteering at The Grove’s Firefly afterschool program, interning with Myers Park Presbyterian’s CROSS Mission, and serving as Queens’ Civic Engagement Fellow and Vice President of the Interfaith Leadership Council.

Alyssa continues to mentor students at The Grove and now serves on the board of the Hispanic American Democrats of Mecklenburg County, where she loves getting to take an active role in fighting for and learning about this city that she loves! In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys reading and writing fantasy and pretending she doesn’t have a tik tok until her youth bring it up.

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.

From 2013 to 2018, 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. Since 2018, Martin has served at Covenant as the Director of High School and College Ministries. In his spare time, Martin enjoys playing rugby with the Charlotte Royals and doing home renovations with his wife, Anna.

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