Engagement Ministry invites you to find your fit in ministry at Covenant.
Please take a minute to share with us some ideas of where you'd like to share your gifts and time using this quick-and-easy form.
If you'd like help discerning your gifts, please try our Spiritual Gifts Assessment. It takes about 6 minutes to complete and will offer insight into your God-given gifts and interests.
If you'd like to talk with someone about your gifts or interests, please contact Joan Watson, associate pastor for congregational life.
In the Community
Our local outreach ministries aim to connect people's gifts and passions with service to our neighbors, building caring and nurturing relationships with people struggling with poverty, homelessness or hunger.
Our Grants Committee will soon be reviewing applications for ministry grants for the calendar year 2015. Our commitment is to serve the poor, the needy, the weak and the oppressed. The work of this committee is to send an offering into the community, providing a ministry of money and engagement with God’s children who cry out for help. In response to God’s grace, our mission is to participate in holistic partnerships with organizations which provide hope, help and dignity to those in the severest need. Find more information here.
How would you like to share your gifts in our community? Here are several of the ministries and partners that we support. Contact pastoral resident Petra Wahnefried to learn more about any of these.
Second Saturdays are monthly, easy-access, intergenerational service opportunity. On the second Saturday of each month, friends of all ages are invited to serve and encounter the needs of our city. These events are a great opportunity to invite new members or friends to join in the life of faith at Covenant.
July 12, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Four Covenant students will be awarded a $3,000 stipend this summer (May 30 through July 31) to explore poverty and their faith in active service and reflection. Interns will work alongside our neighbors in Charlotte who may be homeless or hungry, and see another side of their hometown.
Covenant supports Loaves & Fishes, a local food pantry, with non-perishable food donations. We have two food drives each year, one in February in conjunction with a city-wide food drive, and one in the fall. Non-perishable food can be donated in baskets in each Sunday or placed in plastic bins in the Recreation Wing during the week.
On fifth Tuesdays (about 4 times a year), volunteers from Covenant serve donated Texas Hash casseroles to the more than 300 homeless men who rely on the shelter. Casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed for each meal, and people (older than 16) are invited to come serve the meal at the shelter.
Offer hospitality by serving at Room in the Inn. From December through March, we offer our homeless neighbors hospitality by inviting them into our church home, preparing the evening meal, and providing a warm place to sleep.
Join a Charlotte Family Housing Hope Team. This collaborative effort empowers working families to end a cycle of poverty with the help of a support system. Adults can join a HOPE team - a group of four to six people that provide a support system to one family in the form of friendship and advocacy.
Help a student Read, Roar, Soar. Our congregation partners with Highland Renaissance Academy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary school serving many low-income families. Volunteers visit monthly to help children select books and read them together.
Freedom Schools is a summer, literacy-rich program that combines reading, conflict resolution and social action into an enriching program that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness. Freedom Schools need story readers, chaperones, activity leaders, shoppers, and organizers. We also are looking for people who have the gift of hospitality or simply are looking for ministry opportunities for their families during the long days of summer. One-day or multi-day commitments are both needed. Most importantly, kids need relationships with loving adults who also love reading.