The Youth Program at Covenant seeks to connect young people to each other, the whole church, and the whole world through faith in Jesus Christ.
Our youth programs are built on the five intentions of the Presbyterian Youth Ministry:
- To call young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
- To respond to the needs and the interests of young people.
- To work together, youth and adults, in partnership.
- To be connected to the whole church, community, and the world.
- To include all young people, reaching out and inviting them to belong to the community of faith.
Covenant Presbyterian Church shares in the Vision for Young People in the Church as stated by our denominational office for ministries with youth:
In the midst of a beautiful and broken world, we have a vision for ministry with young people that unites youth in Christ with all other generations and proclaims the love of God without end. This vision gives us hope for a Church that:
- Is authentic, made up of communities of faith that live what they proclaim;
- Participates in, and pays witness to, the lively, joyful reality of the grace of God for the whole world;
- Helps young people to understand what it means to be saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that they will, as God does, view all people with love and possibility;
- Expresses God’s boundless love by embracing young people as they are, where they are, and where they could be, inspiring them to share their ideas, dreams and unique gifts with the world and the church;
- Acknowledges and celebrates youth as the keepers of God’s world, capable of serving as agents of healing, friends to the friendless, and leaders along the path of Jesus;
- Encourages young people to live and lead with humility, but also with confidence and joy;
- Accepts that it may be changed, even re-made, through the power of the Spirit and by youth’s energy, freshness, and vitality.
Study Opportunities with Covenant Youth
Sunday School During the Faith Formation hour on Sunday mornings (9:45 – 10:45am), we bring all the youth together to learn from each other as we dig deeper into the main lectionary scripture used in worship each Sunday. Listening to the youth, John McCrosky develops a customized bible study each week. “We’ve heard these stories over and over again, but pretty much always the same way. It would be great to explore a different perspective, maybe we can take the point of few from some of the outcasts in the stories.” They meet in the Sr High room on the Upper Level of the education wing.
Devo is our Wednesday Night small group program that fosters a sense of belonging to one another. We begin with fellowship supper together with our families then move upstairs for a youth-led time of sharing-caring-prayer.
Fellowship, Fun & Mission with Youth
SUNDAY Youth Fellowship Nights will start up again in the Fall of 2017. We will gather at 4PM about every other week for fun games, program, and supper provided by church members. The middle and high school youth will begin and end the time together and on most evenings will split during the program time in order to gear topics for the specific needs of the groups.
Sundays at GAP on the first Sunday of every other month the youth with their families serve supper for the worshiping congregation at GAP Ministries, an urban mission for our neighbors living on the margins of society.
Special Events once each month we enjoy an extended time of faith, fun, and fellowship. We may participate in NEGA Presbytery Youth events such as rallies and retreats, have our own retreat, a pool party, or play in the park. The possibilities are (almost) limitless.
Special Events with the Youth for 2017:
Stay Tuned for a list of our activities for 2017-2018
College & Young Adults
Summer Fellowship – on Sunday evenings we gather at a member’s home for fellowship and conversation. This is a great time to reconnect after a long school year away. We enjoy discussing relevant, faith-building topics –– sometimes, not even the ones that are planned.
College Conference at Montreat – during Christmas break, just after New Year’s and before going back to school, we spend a long weekend in the North Carolina mountains with 1000 other college-age young people to enjoy worship, fellowship, and small group discussions.
Campus Ministry – In partnership with area Presbyterian (USA) churches, Covenant is working with students and faculty at Augusta University in efforts to develop a Student Ministry. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please contact the church office.