Our Sunday School classes meet from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM (through May 20, beginning May 27,Summer Sunday School will start at 9:00 AM) for Bible studies and discussions about how we integrate the lessons into our daily lives. Visitors and friends are always welcome. Lessons usually are centered around a topic or follow a theme. The Sunday School year typically begins with Rally Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day. At Rally Day, deacons serve breakfast and there is a short presentation on the education program for the upcoming year.
Classes include the following:
Infants and Preschool
During Sunday School and during worship, infants through 5-year-olds may be cared for in the nursery, room 103.
Elementary-age classrooms have been reconfigured into creative, kid-pleasing workshops that teach Bible stories. These workshops can include: art, drama, cooking, movies, puppets, music, holy motion, mission, and Bible games. During a 3-4 week block, classes rotate to a new workshop each week. Workshop teachers do not rotate but remain in their classroom, repeating the lesson to a new group of children each week. (Teachers will go to the pre-school classroom.) During the 3-4 week block, only ONE Bible story is taught.
Middle School and High School (Grades 6-12)
The middle school class meets in room 212. Emphasis is placed on connecting real life that is relevant to teenagers to the lessons in the Bible. This is done with music, books, and discussions.
This class offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God. There are daily Bible readings to prepare for the Sunday morning reflections.
This class tackles current issues, theological questions, and Biblical living through the exploration of Scripture, lively discussion, and prayer.
This class meets periodically either during the Sunday School hour or after church. It is designed to give new and prospective members an overview and understanding of what it means to be Presbyterian as well as what it means to be a member at Salem Presbyterian Church.
In addition to Sunday School, Salem Presbyterian Church offers other educational opportunities throughout the year. Some of these include:
This class is designed for young people, usually seventh and eighth graders, who are ready to study and prepare for confirmed membership in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The purpose of the course is to prepare each person to profess his or her faith in Jesus Christ and to participate responsibly in the life of the Church.
Communion Preparation Class
This class is designed for elementary age children and their parents. The children should be sufficiently mature to understand the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and be ready for instruction as required by the Book of Order.
Youth 5th grade and older are invited to take part in worship by lighting the candles in the front of the sanctuary at the beginning of worship. The light is a visible reminder of Christ’s presence. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for the acolytes to gather together for training and for fellowship.
Vacation Bible School
Held once each year in the summer, Vacation Bible School allows children to explore the stories of the Bible and build their relationship with God through music, stories, crafts, mission work and games.
Men’s Bible Study
Men meet Monday mornings at 6:45 a.m. at Famous Anthony’s in Salem.
Women’s Bible Study
Women meet Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the church in Room 117.
Joy Circle—3rd Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Morning Circle—2nd Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Evening Circle—1st Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
RoundTable is a midweek program for children and youth (grades K– 8) and is based on the international LOGOS program. The premise is that “all people are created in the image of God and are to be treated that way!”
The RoundTable program has four components: Bible Study, Worship Skills/Choir, Recreation/Crafts, and Family Time (dinner hour).
RoundTable is open to all members, friends, and neighbors. A fee per child is required to help defray expenses and each family is encouraged to volunteer in some form. The program runs 8 to 10 weeks in the fall and again in the winter.
FISH (Fellowship In Senior High) is the Wednesday evening program for high school youth which also encompasses Bible Study, fellowship, dinner, and discussion, Recreation, and Family Time. The youth meet in Room 213.
Salem Presbyterian Church values the special gifts our youth bring to the church. Among their other contributions, youth serve on Session and Diaconate committees, as ushers, as choir members and as helpers for children’s activities.
Our church’s Youth Ministry builds community through programs of service, study, worship, and fellowship. Our emphasis is on meeting the needs of our youth and empowering them to recognize and use their gifts.
The Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth groups meet regularly on Sunday evenings throughout the school year. Youth are provided opportunities to explore what it means to follow God’s call and be a disciple of Christ. Check the latest issue of Tower Talk to see what the Youth are up to this month.
We have an “open door” policy which invites any young person to be a part of this group whether or not he or she is a member of Salem Presbyterian Church. We always welcome new friends.
Please see the link for Middle and High School Youth Group Schedule starting September 2017.