Church Under the Bridge
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Covenant Church is deeply involved in the community in which it is located. We also believe that it is part of our Christian witness to live out that which we believe. It is with this in mind that we have chosen to partner with the American Red Cross to bi-monthly blood drives at Covenant Church. Volunteers serve as greeters, coordinate the appointments, provide food for the canteen and serve as canteen coordinators. Blood donors come from all over High Point to participate and have made Covenant’s blood drives one of the most successful in the city.
Register ahead of time at Redcross.org, and use sponsor code “Covenant UMC”. Donors may also take advantage of the new Rapid Pass feature to save time by completing the pre-reading and donation screening questions online before arriving to give blood. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Upcoming blood drive dates:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:30-5PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
TBA, September 2016
Covenant’s Backpack Ministry provides a 2 day supply of balanced meals to over 70 children in our community from 5 local elementary schools. The goal is to provide a basic need of food to kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend.
There are several ways to be a part of the Backpack Ministry.
Here are some ways you can help touch kids lives all year long:
- Pray for the ministry
- Donate food LIST OF FOOD NEEDED
- Sponsor a child for 1+ month(s) at $25 per month. (Checks or cash to Covenant Church, memo “Backpack”)
- Volunteer to shop, pack and/or deliver backpacks to schools
- Support Backpack Ministries through Gift Giving and Birthday Parties. (Instead of presents, kids can ask for food or grocery gift cards at their birthday celebrations.)
Coordinator: Kelly Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
Let love be genuine; love one another with mutual affection; rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering…contribute to the needs of the saints.” Romans 12:9-13
When a member of our church family dies, the whole community experiences a loss. We want to reach out and care for one another. One of the most tangible ways that the church responds is by offering a meal to the bereaved family soon after a loved one’s death. It is the ministry of our bereavement team to coordinate and gather food from a host of volunteers, serve the meal and clean up from the meal as an act of love on behalf of the church.
For more information on any of our Covenant Care Ministries or to volunteer,
please contact Rev. Michelle Foster at email@example.com
Each spring, Covenant hosts a Block Party in a selected area of High Point. The purpose of the Block Party is to serve people in our community in a fun environment by offering food, music and games. In addition, the Block Party is a way to offer resources and services to people in our community who are in need.
Here are some ways to be a part of the Block Party:
- provide clothing and shoes of all sizes
- offer services such as on-site legal advice, blood pressure testing, serve as an interpreter for Spanish speaking people
- set up clothing racks to display clothes to be distributed
- prepare and serve food and drinks
- come and be a part of face painting
- be a welcoming face and friendly voice to party-goers.
For more information, contact Pastor Kirk Lejeune at firstname.lastname@example.org
Consignment Sale – Kids and Maternity
Covenant’s Kids Consignment Sale is a twice-yearly seasonal sale of high-quality, pre-owned children’s and maternity clothing, furniture, toys, and more.
Purchases will benefit the Children and Youth Ministries of Covenant Church and our local community. It’s also an easy way to earn money and clean out your home by selling your gently used children’s items.
Our sale is one of the largest, friendliest and most organized in the area. You don’t need to be a member of Covenant Church or a consignor to purchase items – everyone is welcome!
For more information about our March and September sales, visit www.CovenantConsign.com
Covenant Community Garden
The Covenant Community Garden has 17 raised beds available for adoption by gardeners. In past years, Covenant garden has donated between 1100-2000 pounds of produce per year to local food pantries.
Our goal is to provide the maximum amount of fresh produce for the hungry in our community. In order to accomplish this, we have established a few operating guidelines for those adopting a planting bed:
- There is no initiation fee for adopting a bed. However, donations are welcome.
- The Covenant garden fund will provide plants and seeds whenever possible. Seeds for seasonal planting are kept for gardeners.
- Each gardener is responsible for maintaining their adopted bed or making arrangements for its care while away on vacation, business, etc.
- Meetings will be bi-monthly to determine productivity and needs.
- Gardeners may keep 25-30% of the harvest. It is our desire that 70-75% of the produce grown will be donated.
For more information, contact Sandra Kabler at email@example.com
Faith Friends Summer Camp
Faith Friends is a camp offered to children that have completed 3-5 grades. Covenant works with the guidance counselors at 3 High Point elementary schools as well as a children’s minister of an area church to identify children that would benefit from a camping experience but may not be able to afford one.
Faith Friends is held in the mountains of SW Virginia near the town of Damascus. Each camper is paired with an older high school or college student and then placed in family groups for activities throughout the 4 day camp.
Taking advantage of the beautiful setting, campers enjoy mountain biking, bicycle trail riding, swimming, campfires, and comfortable camping in a 3-sided Adirondack shelter with a roof.
Here are some ways to be a part of the Faith Friends Camp:
- Volunteer to be an adult leader
- Volunteer to be a camp counselor (older high school and college students)
- volunteer to be a support staff (young high school students)
- provide supplies for campers and activities
Want to know more? Contact John Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our homebound visitation ministry is made up of people just like you and me who enjoy visiting those connected to our church family who are not able to come to church or its various ministries. Through our Covenant Partners ministry, each identified member is paired with another member who visits regularly, shares in birthdays and anniversaries and becomes a special friend. At the heart of this ministry is the belief that when you cannot come to church then the church will come to you!
Additionally, each UMW (United Methodist Women) Circle is connected with each of our homebound members and provides signs of love and friendship throughout the year.
Open Door Shelter Meals
Covenant has had a long relationship with the Open Door Ministry that started in 1990. The shelter is located in central High Point and provides 75 beds and feeds two meals a day to the homeless and working poor.
Covenant is one of nearly 60 churches in our community that help by providing meals and by doing so are able to assist people in getting back on their feet.
Covenant provides one meal a month and feeds approximately 100-150 people. We have 9 groups in our church community who provide the food, serve and finance the meals.
If you would like to join one of the groups or would like more information, contact Ed Bradshaw at Ebradshaw@triad.rr.com
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse which shares the Good News of God’s love through the packing and shipping of shoeboxes filled with toys, gifts, school supplies, and hygiene items to children all over the world.
OCC is a seasonal project that happens in the late fall. Those that participate pick up a shoe box-sized container at the church (or provide their own). Once that’s done they fill it from a list that is provided that includes all the items above. It is completed by inserting the cost of shipping in the box before bringing them back to church on the appointed date.
As a congregation, we take time to bless them and pray over them that even the little bit we are able to do will let a child somewhere know that they are loved in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you want to participate or would like to know more, contact Beverly Burton at email@example.com
Ward Street – Southern Triad Mission
Covenant Church partners with Ward Street United Methodist Church and Southern Triad Mission to provide groceries for many throughout our community. Donations can be brought to Covenant Church any time and placed in the large gray bin under the coat rack. If you wish to be more involved in this outreach program or to volunteer, contact Judi Marshall at JMMread@aol.com .