What to Expect During Your First Visit

Arrival | When you first arrive in the sanctuary, our greeters will welcome you, give you a bulletin for the service, and answer any questions you may have. Fellowship is welcomed in the sanctuary before the Sunday worship service at Covenant begins.

Time | Our Sunday morning worship service is at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The hour-long service begins with the sounding of three chimes. The prelude music that follows the chimes is intended to help worshippers prayerfully prepare for worship.

Bulletin | The bulletin you receive as you enter the sanctuary will provide you with important information about the service. Some parts of our worship are participatory, and worshippers stand at times. These times are indicated by an asterisk (*) in the bulletin.

What to Wear | All are welcome to worship with the Covenant community. Come just as you are! You will find a wide range of attire in worship, from dresses, coats and ties to jeans and polo shirts, and everything in between!

We believe in...

engaging in spiritual practices that deepen our connection to God, self, creation, and other persons.

What Time Should I Arrive for Worship?

Our worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. You are invited to arrive a few minutes early to prepare your heart and mind for worship.

We also invite you to attend one of our Sunday morning classes for adults, which are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Nursery & Childcare

Our nursery is available on Sunday mornings during Sunday School and worship. The nursery is located across from the Youth Room on the 2nd floor. Children ages 4 and above are invited to attend one of our Children’s Sunday School classes from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

During worship, children in grade 2 and below may go to childcare after A Word About Worship. Childcare volunteers will lead children to the childcare room.

How Do I Get to the Sanctuary?

From Terrace Drive or Peachtree Battle parking deck | If you park on the street on Terrace Drive or in the Peachtree Battle parking deck, come in through the Terrace Drive entrance at the top of the hill, which is below the stairs that lead up to Peachtree Road. Take the stairs immediately to the right as you enter the building. Continue past the 1st floor with the Fellowship Hall up to the sanctuary, which is located on the 2nd floor.

From the Covenant Parking Lot | If you park in this lot, come in through the glass doors which lead into the Westminster Room. Go down the hallway and take the first left. Take the stairs on your left up to the 2nd floor. The sanctuary will be on your left at the top of the stairs. An elevator to the 2nd floor is available directly across from the stairwell.

From Peachtree Road | If you park on Peachtree Road in front of the church, you may enter the church through either of the large wooden doors. These lead directly into the sanctuary.

Handicapped Parking | Guests with physical disabilities are encouraged to enter through the Covenant Parking Lot and take the elevator to the sanctuary on the 2nd floor. Several handicapped parking spaces are available in the Covenant Parking Lot. Additional parking is available in the Peachtree Battle parking deck.

Communion

Communion is celebrated at Covenant on the first Sunday of the month and at other worship services during the year. Anyone of any age who has been baptized into the Christian tradition is welcome to share in the bread and wine or grape juice.

We serve Communion in two different ways at Covenant. The most common way is for the elements to be on trays passed among the congregation by the elders. The first tray that is passed contains bread; break off a piece and pass the tray along the pew. The second tray that is passed contains small glasses of both wine (in the outer ring) and unfermented grape juice (in all the interior rings of each tray); take a glass and pass the tray along the pew. Put the empty glass into the small wooden rack on the back of the pew in front of you.

The second way of serving Communion is by intinction. The ushers will guide the congregation up the aisles to the front of the church. (If you prefer not to participate in Communion, please remain seated.) One pastor holds a loaf of bread, and the other holds a cup of unfermented grape juice. Tear off a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, eat it, and then return to your seat.

If you are unable to move easily to the front of the church for intinction, please alert one of the ushers or elders. One of the pastors will come to you in your seat.

A Detailed Look at Our Worship Service

Prelude

Our service begins with the prelude, a time of music that allows worshippers to silently prepare their hearts and minds for worship.

Hymns & Songs

The music that we sing at Covenant comes from the newly published Glory to God. The hymns, choir music, and organ music tie in some way to the scripture readings for each Sunday. The music used in worship represent a broad range of styles. Covenant believes that our worship services should represent not only those in our pews, but those in our community and the world we serve.

Concerns of the Church

At this time we welcome visitors and make announcements about congregational concerns. It is our tradition to pass a friendship roster to note those who are attending worship (members, too). You do not have to sign the roster. We like to extend our welcome to first-time visitors with a brief phone call during the following week and to answer any questions you might have.

Passing the Peace

The congregation shares with one another words of peace, saying together:

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.

This is followed by a time to greet those who are sitting near you. When someone says, “the peace of Christ be with you,” you are invited to respond, “and also with you.”

A Word About Worship (Children's Moment)

After the Passing of the Peace, the children of the church (typically those ages 3 – 10) are invited to come forward to the front of the church. If your children are hesitant to come forward, feel free to come with them. One of our worship leaders talks with the children about the scripture passage for the day ,drawing a connection between the story and their own lives. This concludes with a prayer, after which the children in grades K – 2nd grade may go with church volunteers to Enrichment for a time of education and play. Other children return to their seats in the sanctuary.

Dedication of Tithes & Offerings

The presentation of tithes and financial offerings in the Presbyterian tradition is seen as an act of grateful response to God. Visitors should not feel obligated to contribute. As the offering plate is passed down the pew, please pass it to the person sitting next to you.

Invitation to the Lord's Table (Communion)

Communion is celebrated at Covenant on the first Sunday of the month and at other worship services during the year. Anyone of any age who has been baptized into the Christian tradition is welcome to share in the bread and wine or grape juice.

We serve Communion in two different ways at Covenant. The most common way is for the elements to be on trays passed among the congregation by the elders. The first tray that is passed contains bread; break off a piece and pass the tray along the pew. The second tray that is passed contains small glasses of both wine (in the outer ring) and unfermented grape juice (in all the interior rings of each tray); take a glass and pass the tray along the pew. Put the empty glass into the small wooden rack on the back of the pew in front of you.

The second way of serving Communion is by intinction. The ushers will guide the congregation up the aisles to the front of the church. (If you prefer not to participate in Communion, please remain seated.) One pastor holds a loaf of bread, and the other holds a cup of unfermented grape juice. Tear off a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, eat it, and then return to your seat.

If you are unable to move easily to the front of the church for intinction, please alert one of the ushers or elders. One of the pastors will come to you in your seat.

Fellowship (after the service)

After the service which concludes with the benediction, you are invited to join us downstairs in the Westminster Room for coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Pastors and ushers are available at any of the sanctuary exits following the service should you have questions or need directions.

We believe in...

supporting a culture of intellectual, spiritual, and emotional freedom where dogma, institutional constraints, theology, belief, and faith are examined, questioned and, if needed, reformed.

Covenant Presbyterian Church

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