Covenant Church Lane will be closed Sunday afternoon, June 24, through Saturday, June 30, to make the area safer for students participating in the church’s annual “Seek the City” service event. Matthews commissioners approved the closure during their June 11 meeting.
“The reason for this request is to provide safety for children and teens during the week of our home mission trip on the campus of Christ Covenant Church,” Kris Decker, pastor of Student Families for Christ Covenant Church, said in a letter to commissioners.
The closing comes a year after a traffic accident on church property killed 15-year-old Evan Wolfe. At about 10:30 p.m. on June 21, 2011, police said Wolfe, a student participating in Seek the City, was struck by an ATV in the church’s driveway. He was taken to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte where he died from his injuries. No criminal charges were filed against the youth ministry volunteer driving the vehicle.
Closing the road also will help ensure the safety of children participating in the church’s vacation Bible school, which takes place the same week. Matthews police and public works officials will help control traffic during the road closure.
“I recommend approval of this request,” Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter said in a memo to commissioners. “The closure will better assure safety of all persons on campus, and will provide patrolling police officers with a clearer observation of vehicles which should not belong in the area.”
Each year, hundreds of students at Christ Covenant participate in Seek the City, an outreach program in which teens and adult chaperones volunteer at local agencies during the day and return to the church each night to pray and sleep. Christ Covenant declined to talk with Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly about this year’s plans for Seek the City.