We believe that our strategic partnerships are one of the unique things about First Covenant Church. You'll find that how we live into our mission and vision is in large part through partnerships. We believe that we go farther, and do better, when we do it together. Here at First Covenant we live it out through the way we use our building, invest in our neighborhood, and work together in ministry opportunities. It all comes back to partnership.
We believe that we go farther, and do better, when we do it together. Our building is utilized throughout the week by the First Covenant community and our partners as we live out our values of being transformative and collaborative.
Click on a section below to learn more about the partners who share our space.
Meets on Thursday mornings, 9:15am - 11:15am (September - May)
Community Bible Study (CBS) is an interdenominational Bible study for the community. Offering a wide range of courses in classes throughout the United States, CBS welcomes people from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge. For over a quarter of a century, Community Bible Study has been helping people -- from children to seniors -- to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Offices at First Covenant
Jump Start to the New You on Mondays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Zoom
Family Values for Life (FVFL) engages both parents and children, believing that we can make a stronger, more sustainable impact on the family, and in turn, the entire community.
FVFL focuses on four pillars: Physical Fitness (educating participants in nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and rest), Spiritual Empowerment (providing the tools to break free from negative thought patterns and habits), Mental Alertness (improving mental state that enhances participants outlook on life), and Financial Stability (providing resources that support a standard of living that will encourage self-sufficiency).
FVFL has shared an After School Program with FCC (including a combined After School Program Coordinator position), hosts Jump Start to the New You for women on Wednesday evenings, and provides other key programming throughout the year.
Worship on Sundays at 1:00pm
Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church is a place of connection for families, a place to worship the Lord, and to be challenged by biblical messages that address everyday problems. As a church of Jesus Christ, Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples from all nations.
Worship on Sundays at 5:00pm
The Haitian Christian Fellowship was formed in 1995 under the leadership of Pastor Lidovick Pierre. They worship God together in French, Creole, and English and is a part of the Bethel Christian Fellowship family of churches. Translation is provided.
Asylum seekers come to the US seeking protection from persecution or human rights violations. They come from the most troubled regions of the world in hope of finding safety and a normal life. While completing the years-long asylum process, they face many material challenges, the greatest one being the ability to find stable housing.
Jonathan House extends shelter, hope, and healing to asylum-seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul by offering supportive housing, strategic connections, practical assistance, and a welcoming community with a desire to help our new friends recover from forced displacement and begin to rebuild their lives. First Covenant provided the building for the first Jonathan House and began partnering with IAFR to house asylum seekers in Fall 2017.
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf on Saturdays at 9:00am
LaViña Iglesia Worship on Sundays at 5:00pm
LaViña is one of a group of Spanish speaking congregations affiliated with The Vineyard Christian Fellowship. LaViña focuses on serving its community with the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf. This ministry distributes nutritious free food to 50-60 families per week on Saturday mornings right here at First Covenant Church.
For information about Fruit of the Vine contact Pastor Brian Geraty or Pastor Ulises Bello
For information about La Viña Iglesia contact Tina Terrell
Urban Roots’ mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. First Covenant hosts one of Urban Roots’ six urban gardens on the East Side of Saint Paul. Youth interns plant, maintain, and harvest small-scale crop production within our urban gardens. Urban Roots promotes entrepreneurship by teaching youth interns to manage gardens and crops for distribution to community supported agriculture (CSA) shares, Farmers Market, Roots for the Home Team, hunger relief efforts, youth families, restaurants and small-batch food preservation for seasonal sales. Program participants are also involved in creating sales and marketing materials for the Farmer’s Market and other retail outlets.
At First Covenant we are fortunate to have partners that we work closely with in our neighborhood, state, and around the world. As we partner together in mission and ministry we go further together. Learn more about these unique partnerships below.
Lead by Pastor Curtis and First Lady Donna Pratt, this local congregation has been partnering with First Covenant as we deepen our intercultural community relationships. As joint partners in the In It Together Prayer Gatherings, Contender has been a key player in opportunities for our community to join together to pray.
Covenant Pines Ministries are owned by Twin Cities Covenant Churches. Children, youth, and adults experience the love of Christ at Covenant Pines Bible Camp through summer camps and retreats throughout the year. Adventurous Christians is Covenant Pines’ rustic wilderness camp on the Gunflint Trail and hosts senior high backpacking trips every three years, and an annual spring retreat for all ages.
We partner with neighborhood schools for our After School Program, musicals, service projects, and neighborhood events. Our After School and Summer Reading Programs (in collaboration with Family Values for Life) partner with these schools across the street and down the block to support the children in our community.
Minnehaha Academy, a ministry of the Northwest Conference of Evangelical Covenant Churches, serves nearly 900 students from the Twin Cities area. MA’s mission is to provide high quality education integrating Christian faith and learning. Financial aid is available, and bus service is offered throughout the Twin Cities.
Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, NPU is located on Chicago’s north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the country and the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and the Christian faith, but also a spirit of innovation, reaching out to serve and to learn from the dynamic community around us.
First Covenant is a parent church to this church plant in the Hamline-Midway area of Saint Paul. When Roots talks about “church,” they’re not talking about a building. They are talking about a people, a community that is seeking God, learning how to trust Christ, and experiencing new life in Jesus. Roots has been meeting since 2014. Current First Covenant and Root's youth ministries gather together for a combined youth group experience called "Youth Dinner Church" every other Wednesday.