Covenant Presbyterian Church children and families are involved in outreach and mission opportunities. Some are listed below.
Heifer International fundraising has been a part of children's ministry at Covenant for over 25 years and is always a highlight for the Covenant congregation. The children and youth learn about world hunger and Heifer International's mission to alleviate it by providing needy families income-producing animals such as cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chicks, llamas, and goats. These animals provide such things as milk, wool, and eggs to help the family become self-sufficient. Each Sunday School class is assigned a Heifer animal to study. Watch for the popular Heifer Celebration in February, when children and youth dress in animal costumes and creatively display all they have learned about their animals and world hunger. Watch this child-friendly video for more information about Heifer International, or visit their website.
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. To learn more about Madison’s Project Linus Chapter visit their website.
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.
Glenn Stephens Elementary School Partnership: During the summer, school supplies are collected for children at Glenn Stephens Elementary School on Rosa Road in Madison.
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s hungry children around the world in body and spirit. Covenant families will partner with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Verona campus) to help make nutritious mobile meal packs. In our two-hour time slot, Covenant families (5 years and older) will pack over 6300 meals.
Please explore this website for information about Covenant's Children's Ministries Programs or contact Jo Wiersema at 233-6297 x225.