First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant loves college students! The purpose of the College Ministry is to provide opportunities for young adults to grow in the faith and to support the Campus Ministry of Gannon University Students.
The Kirk House
The Kirk House is an intentional discipleship house for Gannon students. This means that we are a community dedicated to living life according to the gospel. The students will be challenged to show their house-mates and guests what it looks like to follow Jesus in every area of life. From studying for their exams to the way they wash dishes, we believe that God can be glorified in all that we do. The Kirk House is the perfect place for students to build relationships with other students, our neighbors, and our church!
The Kirk House is located right behind the church, on the corner of 7th and Myrtle. We share the yard with the playground! We have enough room for 13 people to live in the Kirk House. This year we have a total of 11 students in our community! You do not have to be a Christian to live at the Kirk House. We accept all students from different faith backgrounds and different walks of life. The structure of the Kirk House is based in scripture, but if they are willing to participate and be open to conversations about spirituality and faith then we would love to have them in our community! Students fill out an application detailing their commitments on campus, their faith experience and why they want to live in intentional community. The director of the house reviews their application, asks them to meet for an interview and tour the house. Then if the director thinks that they will be a good addition to the community, they will extend an invitation to live in the Kirk House. We ask that the Kirk House residents participate in 10 hours of house duties a week. This includes being a part of a local church, house cleaning, house meeting, weekly prayer/bible study, one-on-ones with the director, and house meals.The Kirk House is co-ed. We have a women’s hall and a men’s hall. This year we have four male students and six female students in our community! If you have more questions, Contact Campus Minister Abby Blankenship.
- Restore– A vibrant community for students of all traditions to grow together towards God! Restore is a faith-sharing group for students of all walks of faith. Join us Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. at Gannon’s Waldron 219 for evenings of prayer, worship, discussion, fellowship and snacks! Questions? Contact Abby Blankenship.
- Jubilee Conference – an annual conference held every February in Pittsburgh, PA. Sponsored by the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), this conference seeks to challenge students to integrate Christ in every are of their lives. Jubilee takes place the third weekend in February at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh.CCO. The Jubilee conference encourages the students to consider the public implications of their own personal transformation and what it means to be faithful to God both in their university years and in their vocational pursuits that will follow. For more information check out: www.jubileeconference.com.
- Special Events – Each year campus ministry sponsors a variety of fun-filled events for college students including: Kirk Cook Out, TGIF (Thank God, Its Franks), Study Space for Gannon Students for the 10 days prior to Fall and Spring Finals, “Smooth Move” (water breaks during move in), and “Back to the Grind”(hot beverages – coffee, tea and hot chocolate plus home made cinnamon buns -all handed-out to students, faculty and workers on their way to class or work on Mondays and Tuesday starting in November.
CCO – The Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, partners with First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in providing Campus Ministry to college students.
For more information on the CCO, please visit their web page by clicking here.
Gannon University – Gannon is located one block east of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. To read more about the Campus Ministries available to Gannon Students through the University, please visit Gannon University’s web page by clicking here.
- Join the College Education Committee
- Provide tasty home-cooked (or store bought) treats for “Study Space”
- Support Kirk House events – provide a meal for the students living in the house or volunteer to help out at the Kirk Cook Out, Annul Clean-Up Day and other events
- Help send care packages to FPCC college students who are away from home
For more information contact Abby Blankenship in the FPCC church office at 814-456-4243