Outreach & Mission
Covenant Presbyterian Church children and families are involved in outreach and mission opportunities. Some are listed below.
Heifer Project International fundraising has been a part of children's ministry for over 20 years and is always a highlight for Covenant children and youth. The children and youth learn about world hunger and Heifer Project International's mission to alleviate it by providing needy families food and income-producing animals (such as cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chicks, llamas, and goats) and training. Each Sunday School class is assigned a Heifer animal to study. Watch for the popular Heifer Mini-Market in February, when children and youth dress in animal costumes and creatively display all they have learned about their animals and world hunger.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization dedicated to "providing security through blankets" for all ill or traumatized children and teens. Covenant sponsors a Make-A-Blanket Day in November when all ages gather together to make 'no sew' fleece blankets, which involves cutting and tying the blanket fringe. Congregation members and friends are asked to donate 1.5 yards of 60" fleece in child-friendly prints and colors.
One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Banks are given out during the Lenten season and are collected on Palm Sunday. For over 50 years One Great Hour of Sharing, in partnership with many denominations, has provided immediate relief in times of crisis and also helps with long term development in many countries. Some examples are helping refugee families find shelter, food, and hope; helping communities rebuild after hurricanes; and teaching families in Chicago to grow their own food. The money children collect in their fish banks are an important part of this mission.
Food Drives: Non-perishable food is collected two times a year for local Madison food pantries.
Homeless Meal Preparation for Grace Episcopal Homeless Shelter: Families are invited to help prepare a meal for a local homeless shelter in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Watch The Caravan Newsletter for more information.
The Road Home (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network): During four weeks of the year, Covenant families can spend after-dinner time with homeless families playing games, helping with homework, and doing crafts.
Glenn Stephens Elementary School Partnership: During the summer, school supplies are collected for children at Glenn Stephens Elementary School on Rosa Road in Madison.
A Prayer Pal is a small stuffed animal given to Covenant members and friends who are hospitalized or in care facilities. The Prayer Pal includes a message that the Covenant congregation is praying for them. All congregation members are invited to donate a new stuffed animal the size of an 8 and 1/2 by 11 piece of paper for this outreach project.
Please explore this website for information about Covenant's Children's Ministries Programs or contact Donna Monson, Children's Ministries Coordinator at 233-6297 x25.