Covenant Connections

Telling the stories of churches and ministries throughout our Presbytery

Cultural Identity as Faith Formation: Youth and Young Adult Ministry the Ghanaian Way

What does cultural identity have to do with the faith formation of young people? Everything. This is especially true for the youth and young adults of the United Ghanaian Community Church (UGCC) in Wyncote. Chartered in 2001 as the first African immigrant congregation in the PCUSA, their culture and heritage are inextricably linked to youth […]

Searching for Belonging: Ministry of the Korean Church Network

Searching for Belonging: Ministry of the Korean Church Network Korean Translation Available Here How can congregations nurture a sense of belonging when generational gaps are wide and cultural narratives are misunderstood? For the approximately 100 members of the five Korean Churches and worshipping communities throughout the Presbytery of Philadelphia, they have collectively facilitated conversations that […]

Cultivating Mission through Shared Stories and Conversations:  Discipleship at Carmel Presbyterian Church

by Rev. Greg Klimovitz How does a local congregation cultivate a shared understanding of mission in an age inundated by polarizing news stories and socio-political realities? For the faithful of Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside, they reclaimed discipleship as learning within the context of a gracious community. “[Mission] is about remaining in that student role […]

Affirming Local Youth as Participants in God’s Mission: Week of Hope and the Anchor Presbyterian Church 

By Rev. Greg Klimovitz What does a congregation do when enrollment is too low to warrant the implementation of a previously-planned summer VBS? For the Anchor Presbyterian Church in Wrightsville, they pivoted volunteer energies of committed middle school youth and launched an impromptu, week-long experiment in local mission. “I didn’t want to lose the opportunity […]

Church Safety as Witness of Hospitality and Love of Neighbor: Elkins Park Presbyterian Church

By Rev. Greg Klimovitz Listen to the Conversation Here  When church buildings are utilized as public gathering spaces, congregations are afforded tremendous opportunities to engage their local communities. This openness also increases the need for regular conversations about safety and the readiness to respond to potential emergency situations. Over the last year, the faithful of […]