Covenant Connections

Telling the stories of churches and ministries throughout our Presbytery

West Kensington Ministry: A Place of Refuge and Hope for Our Youth by Rev. Sarah Colwill

“Jesus loves them, but the cards are stacked against them,” Rev. Adan Mairena remarked as he described the tension involved with being the church and place of hope in an inner city neighborhood that struggles with high rates of unemployment, crime, and violence. Living in the manse beside the church, Rev. Mairena knows firsthand the […]

The Freedom School: Dreaming Big Dreams by Rev. Sarah Colwill

Fifty urban youth from the Germantown section of Philadelphia held up their letters proudly, spelling out a message to our nation: STAND FOR CHILDREN NOT GUNS. In front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in our nation’s capital, they were certain the helicopters flying overhead held their president, Mr. Barack Obama, and they had […]

The Philadelphia Project Preschool: Integrating Faith with Academics by Rev. Sarah Colwill

“It’s a feeling you get when you walk in the doors,” so claims Christina Platt, one of the Directors of The Philadelphia Project who is charged with running their bustling preschool. Her energy and enthusiasm around the program is palpable as she talks about the warmth both parents and students feel when they enter their […]

Just a Building: The Common Place Continues to Thrive in Southwest Philadelphia by Rev. Sarah Colwill

As the Presbytery of Philadelphia launches into its 300th year of mission and ministry in this area so rich with history both within the church and in our nation, we Presbyterians stand firm in our commitment to serving Jesus Christ in ways that are faithful, realistic, practical, and transformative. This celebratory year will not only […]

Planting Seeds of Hope and Community Formation: Urban Gardens at Broad Street Ministry, by Rev. Greg Klimovitz

How can a worshipping community respond to the increased disconnect with both creation and neighbor? Since the spring of 2016, Broad Street Ministry has cultivated urban gardens in various neighborhoods around Philadelphia. The harvest of these plots has resulted not only in fresh produce for meals that serve upwards of 400 guests, but also opportunities […]