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Children

Jesus said to his disciples“. . .’Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. . .’ Then he took the children in his arms, placed His hands on each of them, and blessed them.” Mark 10: 14, 16.  Children are a gift. In Jesus’s ministry, He reached out to children.


The Children’s Ministry at The Church of the Covenant, PCUSA is dedicated to reaching out to children as Jesus called us to do. There are various opportunities for children and families to learn, fellowship, and worship. An education needs reading, writing, math, social studies, science, art, music, gym, and recess—for ALL ages. Christian Education makes it complete! You and your family are invited to take advantage of our worship, our classes, and our fellowship times to begin or nurture your faith journey.  Staff and volunteers who work with children and youth are required, as part of our Child Protection Policy (below), to have appropriate clearances. Please click for How To Get Clearances for more information.  Click to view the Child Protection Policy

Questions– please contact Yvonne Gayle, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries.  724-222-0190 x 114

Third Grade Sacrament Training

What happens in Sacrament Training?

Our class has a tremendous amount of fun learning about the sacraments through the presentation of “Children in Worship” stories, Bible study, puzzles, games, and art activities. Since Jesus shared meals with his disciples, we also feast with our friends during each class.
 

When is class held?
Sacrament Training classes from 8:00-10:00 am on the following Sundays: October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 1st (Communion).

 

Who is eligible to attend Sacrament Training?
We are welcoming any child currently in grades 3-5.

Covenant Kids 

Covenant Kids meet every Sunday morning at 10 am beginning September 12, 2021. We have two groups to provide age-appropriate lessons focusing on Bible truths, the life of Jesus, building our faith and loving others

 

Youth

Impact Youth is designed to help middle school and high school students grow their faith, their character, and their relationships.  Activities include: yearly mission trips, service and outreach projects, bible studies, fun and recreation.  We host an online  group as well as an in-person group.

• Sunday Mornings 10am beginning September 12, 2021 in the Youth Room
• Monday evenings through the summer and Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm on Zoom (beginning September 12, 2021.

 

Please contact Yvonne Gayle, if you have any questions

Click here for Youth Group Information Form
Youth Group Permission Form and Medical release

 

Take the Challenge to read your Bible and do devotions every day!

 
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Confirmation Purpose Statement: date of Confirmation Class 2021 TBD.

To have the young people make a public profession of faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  For them to have an active, joyful, faith that is their own. To have them gain an appreciation of the Presbyterian Church, and enjoy fellowship with the members and pastors of The Church of the Covenant. This will be accomplished through teaching, experiential learning, and fellowship opportunity experienced together and  facilitated by teachers, advisers, and prayer partners.

 

Confirmation is a time for 7 & 8th graders to explore their faith, learn about Christianity and grow in community with one another. Confirmation Classes begin October 10th at noon and continue once a month through May. If you are in 9th grade this year, or missed it in a previous year, you are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The Church of the Covenant is a Christian Church that believes that the family is the most important and fundamental unit of our faith. We believe God has placed a special call in this congregation to reach out to the young families of Washington, and to help them to develop strong family relationships with one and another and with our Lord Jesus Christ.

For any question regarding our youth programs, please contact Yvonne Gayle or 724-222-0190 x 114.

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Families

What is FX? 

FX is a fun, shared experience for families to come together for a purpose. It is an opportunity for parents and kids to experience a time together where they can learn essential truths regarding wisdom, faith, and friendship.  FX is an abbreviation for FAMILY EXPERIENCE.  We believe that it is important to invest in making a specific time and place to honor elementary-age kids and their families. 

 

FX includes Dinner, skits, entertainment, and faith-building activities. 

 

FX events will be hosted on the first Tuesday once a month in October, November, January, February and March. 

Questions– please contact Yvonne Gayle, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries.  724-222-0190 x 114

 
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Adult

Adult Discipleship Opportunities

The Adult Ministry Team, provides opportunities to not only know about God but to know Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior.

 

Tuesday Night Speaker Series                 

SPEAKER SERIES ~ SAVE THE DATES!

  • March 1-29, 2022 – 5 weeks – Dr. John Burgess, The Life and Theology of Karl Barth 

  • May 3-31, 2022 – 5 weeks – Dr. Mark Simpson, Identity in Christ

  • September 27 - October 25, 2022 – Kinship and Covenant: Tribalism and the Biblical Family

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

VIDEO CLASS/GEORGE JONES - "The Mission of Jesus"

Experience the Bible in Historical Context

Filmed with Ray VanDer Laan on location in Israel and Rome

You'll deepen your understanding of this passionate revelation to a broken world that God longs to redeem.  Discover how Jesus triumphantly made God's presence known on Earth, and how he asks you to do the same--bringing God's shalom to the chaos of others

BOOK CLASS/ANDY KLUCZAN

The study title is Meeting the Spirit by Douglas Connelly. We will be starting with lesson 5 The Spirit Empowers.

PARENTING THROUGH THE PHASES

This group meets weekly to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting through the different phases of child development.

Monday Readers ~ the readers will  resume in September, 2021

Monday’s at 1:00 PM in the Dining Room. Do you enjoy reading and discussing a variety of books?  We are always looking for new members and would love to have you join the group!

For more information please call Sara Smith at 724-225-3525.

 
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Discipleship

 

Discipleship Opportunities

“Discipleship is a lifelong journey into the abundant life for which we were created.  It is a process of continual development through which we grow in maturity (become Christ-centered and fully surrendered).”

(Philip Maynard, Membership to Discipleship: Growing Mature Disciples Who Make Disciples)

VISION:To know Christ, good is not good enough.  Growing in faith happens best in small groups.

MISSION:To help individuals live into a fully committed life of discipleship.

GROUPS

FOUNDATIONS - This group is developed to create leaders for discipleship group ministry.  These new leaders are meeting and preparing to start the first set of groups that will create a new form of ministry.  More information will be coming soon.

COME TO THE TABLE

Brunch Bunch: This ever-popular group typically meets in two sessions - one on Sunday after church and the other during the week.

 

Dining with Dan: Pastor Dan loves to entertain and can't wait to host some pot luck meals with members of the congregation!

 

Dinner and Devotions: There's nothing like having a good, filling meal that feeds both your body and your soul, which is this group's aim.

 

Grub 'n Games: This popular returning group is for adults of all ages who like getting a little (or a lot) silly as they fellowship together.

 

Koffee Klatche: For those who love their coffee, morning noon or night, this new group is going to have both an in person and virtual session.

 

Out and About: Check out a new dining experience every month with an array of different restaurants to choose from!

 

Friends' Night Out: Sometimes our lives get ahead of us and we do not get to see our friends as much as we would like. This group is for the young adults of the church to let go and have fun with friends.

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Music

MUSIC NOTES

The Covenant Choir weekly rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. We also rehearse on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.  We will be singing for the 11:00 services and other special occasions. All singers are welcome. The Jubilate Ringers (Handbell Choir) will have weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 5:30 PM. The Covenant Kid’s Choir rehearsal times are To Be Announced.  Children ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome. Children in 6th grade and up will rehearse at a separate time, as interest warrants.  Any questions, please call Darla Pepper-Miller, at 412.997.9214.


The Jubilate Ringers, directed by Darla Pepper-Miller, is the church’s adult hand bell choir. They ring several times a year for the 8:00 A.M. and the 11:00 A.M. services.  Practice time is Thursday evenings, at 5:30 PM. New ringers are always welcome.

The Covenant Choir  
The invitation to join the Covenant Choir is always being extended to interested singers.  Choir rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM in the choir room.  The choir also rehearses on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and we sing at the 11:00 A.M. services.  For those of you who may not be able to commit to singing every week, we will have some opportunities just for you.   If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Darla Pepper-Miller, Minister of Music, at home 724.223.0538 or on her cell 412.997.9214.  You may also speak with her at church.

 

See you in choir!

9:00 Worship (Contemporary)  (rehearsal  hiatus for the summer)

Luke wrote a book to a man named Theophilus  in order that Theophilus could “…know the certainty of the things…” he had been taught. Luke wanted Ethiopians to be certain about the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. In chapter nine there is an amazing story about a man who has a son. The father tells Jesus “A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.” Jesus, powerfully and miraculously healed the boy. In response Luke writes this about those who witnessed this act: “And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.”

They were amazed at the authority, power, and love of Jesus. They were amazed because Jesus had taken a life bent on destruction and made it whole.

Every week at the Church of the Covenant we gather to be amazed at the greatness of God. The 9:00 service is our “contemporary” service: meaning we do our best to relay to each other and visitors a timeless message in a new understandable way.

Will you join us? Come and allow your heart to be amazed at the greatness of God Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Covenant Center of The Church of the Covenant.

9:00 worship needs you to move it forward. What are we looking for?
Here is a partial list:

  • Singers

  • Musicians

  • “Techies” (Technological Folk)

  • Hospitality Team members

  • Any gift you desire to bring to the community!

 

To get plugged in call the church office 724-222-0190 or speak with Debbie Miles, 9:00 Music Coordinator, on a Sunday morning.  A special note for singers: every Thursday night from 7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. we “sing through” music. Sometimes we learn new music, sometimes we rehearse old music, we laugh, and we pray together. Even if you do not want to “sing up front” you are invited to come and sing with us. Some may find it a nice time of praising God in the middle of the week.

Come and praise God with us!