Covenant Connections

Middle School Retreat: Bonclarken 2019

This past month over 200 middle school youth from all over the Presbytery came together to worship the Lord at Bonclarken Conference Center in North Carolina.

Here’s My Heart- Triennium 2019

This past July, I was given the opportunity to go to the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University. Going into the week, I had no idea what to expect. The only thing I had heard about Triennium is that it was like Montreat, but it was bigger and better.

Life of Paul Pilgrimmage

by: Laura S. Conrad This past June a group of disciples from Fort Hill Church walked in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. We traveled from Athens to Corinth, Delphi, the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Berea, Philippi, Thessalonica, and onto the island of Crete where Paul’s ship wrecked. Our journey mostly included Paul’s second […]

We Are Invited

“We are invited to an inclusive meal that remembers…” By The Rev. Beth Templeton Jesus was a master at sharing meals. He was willing to break conventions which angered those who protected the conventions. He ate with all kinds of people. Indeed, every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are invited to an inclusive […]

A Review of “Flawed Church, Faithful God”

A review of Flawed Church, Faithful God: A Reformed Ecclesiology for the Real World by Joseph D. Small (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018) by Allen McSween The Rev. Dr. Joseph Small is exactly the right person to write a much needed Reformed ecclesiology for our time. He is a consummate churchman, having […]

Open Hearts, Open Doors

Here is a big question: What is “the church?” As hard as it is to admit, sometimes we fall into the trap of reducing “the church” to the buildings where people gather on Sunday mornings.But let’s move past that idea of buildings, of structures. Of walls. “The church” is the people—it is you and me. […]

Christian Ethics for a Digital Society

Book Review by Rev. TJ Remaley (Associate Pastor St. Giles)  At first glance, there seem to be two competing narratives about the prevalence of digital technologies in our society. One perspective holds that the incredible advances and benefits offered by modern technologies are evidence that such products are inherently “good” for humanity. The other perspective, citing […]

Stretching our Faith in Westminster

By: Reverend Audrey Reese “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” ~Job 33:4 On January 7th, 2019, a diverse group of women gathered in Gossett Hall. These women ranged in age and ability, political ideology and faith formation. Among us were almost 18 year olds and […]

Reflections Bonclarken 2018

I am Lucas, and this is my second year on the Presbytery Youth Council. I have been to Bonclarken five times. The first three with my church, and the other two as a PYC leader. On our planning retreat, we talked about issues that we dealt with when we were in middle school and eventually […]

Forever Memories

By Gracelyn and Ali Latham Two sisters share how the summer mission opportunities at Easley Presbyterian created memories for a lifetime.   Middle School Mission Ministry: Going to Asheville Youth Missions is an empowering experience that middle schoolers at Easley Presbyterian Church have the opportunity to go through for three years in a row.  Unfortunately, this […]