There are a variety a ways for youth/children to become involved in the life of the church. Below are a few of the opportunities at Covenant:
6th-12th grade youth meet each Sunday evening during the school year:
● The evening begins with a meal from 5:00pm – 5:30pm where youth, adults and leaders, who come from a variety of school districts can get to know one another through informal conversation.
● “re:MIx” begins at 5:30pm and concludes at 7:00pm. Youth come together for prayers & devotion then explore a variety of topics through study, service, and fellowship. Visitors and friends are always welcome.
● Adults (Young Adults & Parents) are invited to join us on Sunday evenings as well. All are welcome for the meal and we have an active group that meets for games and fellowship each week from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Each January, we join youth from Mission Presbytery at Mo-Ranch for a weekend retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The weekend features worship, service, music, small groups, a keynote speaker, energizers, games, and the opportunity to explore Mo-Ranch and enjoy time with friends.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Every three years, the PC(USA) hosts an international youth conference for high school students at Purdue University in Indiana. This is an exciting event as Presbyterian youth from all around the world gather together to worship, learn, and serve together. The next Presbyterian Youth Triennium will be held in July 2016, and preparations for it will begin in the fall of 2015.
Each Spring, youth begin preparing to lead worship on one Sunday morning in May. They begin by choosing the Scripture and developing a theme. Through music, drama, art, and meditations, youth are given the opportunity to share their gifts and serve in the role as leaders for the entire congregation as they worship.
Harvest Celebration and Trunk-or-Treat
Each October, Covenant hosts a celebration for youth and families in our community to share in free of charge. This intergenerational event features music, games, a cake walk, and inflatables. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume (no scary costumes please!) Youth can volunteer to lead one of the games, supervise one of the inflatables, or help serve in other ways. At the conclusion of the Harvest Celebration, volunteers gather to pass out candy as the kids go “Trunk-or-Treating”.
Throughout the year, Covenant hosts a variety of events for families to participate in. These include:
● Day trips to parks for families to explore the great outdoors together.
● Service opportunities for families to work together, side-by-side.
● Annual fellowship events, such as the Fall Harvest Festival, Advent Event, Christmas Extravaganza, and Easter Egg Hunt
Each year, youth are invited to participate in a variety of intentional events focussed on serving others in the world. These events are structured to allow youth the opportunity to work with organizations whose mission is to serve others.
● Summer mission trips are overnight events that take place over the course of a few days to an entire week. Mission trip destinations have included San Antonio (staying overnight at Covenant) as well as traveling to the Rio Grande Valley to serve with organizations there.
● 30 Hour Famine takes place each spring and is an overnight event focussing on an awareness of hunger and poverty. Participants are asked to go without eating for 30 Hours as a way to experience how hunger feels. The event includes multiple activities that are designed to help youth see the effects of poverty and ways in which they can get involved to end hunger.