Casey Elementary School
Casey Elementary School, a Jackson Public School and Covenant’s next-door neighbor, serves students in grades K-5. Its mission is to focus on student achievement through a challenging and engaging curriculum. In doing so, it incorporates the art forms of music, dance, drama and visual arts into the curriculum. Students are challenged to develop essential academic skills, as well as an appreciation of their artistic surroundings, in order to become well-rounded, productive citizens. Covenant is an adopter of Casey, with members serving as weekly reading buddies or tutors and filling occasional special roles like science fair judges, arts performers and “facility sprucers.”
Learn more about Casey: http://casey.jpsms.org/
Learn how to support this ministry: Covenant coordinator Mary Lewis,
Child Evangelism Fellowship*
Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to disciple them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. CEF has many ministries for children, but the primary ones are the Good News Club and the 5-Day Club. The Good News Club and 5-Day Club ministries take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools and community centers all over the world. These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment. Through its budget, Covenant supports the local chapter, which holds Good News Clubs in the public schools as after school programs. Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: http://www.cefonline.com
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool
Covenant’s Preschool nurtures children ages 2 to 5 in every area of development: spiritual, social, intellectual, physical and emotional. The school’s philosophy is one of commitment to the Christian nurture of each child to an awareness of his or her soul, his or her response to God and to the recognition of his or her uniqueness in God’s sight. Interwoven is a mainstreaming program* for children with special needs. Each special needs child is encouraged to participate in all activities and receives hands-on instruction from resource teachers. This program is a blessing to all involved: parents, children, and the staff! Covenant members involved with the Preschool include Director Holly Clark and staff members Cookie Hughes, Lisa Ireland, Tracy Weill, Susan Weir and Elizabeth Hawkins. The Session serves as the Board of Directors, with Christine Polk as Chairman. Past Directors are members Sharon Fortner and Sybil Shaw.
Learn more about Covenant Preschool: http://www.covenantpresjackson.org/preschool.html
Learn how to support this ministry: Holly Clark, or 601-362-7228.
French Camp Academy*
French Camp Academy is a safe, stable, healing place dedicated to providing a Christian boarding school and home experience for young people needing an alternative place to live and learn. The central Mississippi ministry offers students an environment where they can thrive emotionally, spiritually, academically, physically and socially. Covenant has supported French Camp for decades, and member Carson Hughes currently serves on its board. French Camp president Stewart Edwards and his wife Rebecca are former Covenant youth leaders.
Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.frenchcamp.org
Habitat for Humanity*
In order for families to succeed in life, they need a decent place to call home. Driven by this belief and striving to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area has built more than 600 homes in the tri-county area since 1986. Homeowners provide “sweat equity” and in turn are offered a 30 year no-interest mortgage. Covenant has provided funds for and participated in the construction or renovation of Habitat homes each year for the past 20 years. Member Slade Exley is treasurer of the Board of Directors, and member Mary Louise Shaw serves on the Advisory Board.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: www.habitatmca.org
Covenant members knit hats, scarves, washcloths and other items for those who have need. A message of God’s love is attached to these handcrafted gifts. They have been shared locally with the homeless and children’s hospital patients and sent to other countries like Honduras and Kenya. Beginners are welcome - experienced knitters are glad to teach and help. Member Ann Bevalaque is the coordinator for Knit Wits.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it:
Meals on Wheels*
Meals on Wheels is a local mission that provides hot meals 15 times a month for 24 elderly, indigent people. Six Northeast Jackson churches (Covenant, Christ United Methodist, Colonial Heights Baptist, Fondren Presbyterian, Northminster Baptist, St. Richard Catholic) work together to cook and deliver meals. Covenant member Frieda Lauderdale is the overall coordinator (aka The Grand High Poobah) for the six churches, and Virginia Warren and Susan Exley are the MOW coordinators for Covenant. Virginia is in charge of the drivers and Susan is in charge of the menus and cooks. Covenant delivers 4 times a month. Two of these days have regular monthly drivers, and the other two are covered by deacons and elders.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it:
The goal of Mission Mississippi is to encourage and demonstrate unity in the body of Christ across racial and denominational lines so that communities throughout Mississippi can see practical evidence of the Gospel message. They organize prayer meetings between black and white churches, racial reconciliation sessions for students, and host racial reconciliation banquets. Covenant has supported this ministry since its start in 1992, including hosting one of its prayer breakfasts each year.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: www.missionmississippi.net
Operation Shoestring provides year-round academic, social and emotional support to elementary, middle school and high school children in central Jackson, while supporting and providing resources to their families. The aim is to empower children and families to create their own success and that of their community.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: www.operationshoestring.org
Voice of Calvary Ministries*
Voice of Calvary Ministries was founded in 1975 by Dr. John M. Perkins on the belief that the good news that Jesus proclaims includes spiritual transformation, and also includes reaching one’s full potential economically, physically and socially; and that transformed individuals should work to transform their communities. Since 1975 VOCM has served more than 3,000 youth from ages 3-21; rehabilitated more than 250 houses for ownership by persons of low to moderate income; recruited more than 30,000 volunteers from diverse backgrounds to live, serve, and worship in west Jackson; built housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina; established a 16-acre inner city park; rehabbed 37 houses in south Jackson with HUD funding; established a family health center; organized 22 local churches into the Fellowship of Hope, a group which was instrumental in developing the Hope Community Credit Union; assisted in the establishment of nine local faith and community-based organizations.
Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.vocm.org