Partnering with parents in the spiritual nurture of their children.

SCC-Children-FamilyWe are excited to have you be a part of our children and family ministry at Salem! Our vision for children and family ministry is that Salem is a place where children and families are invited into a deeper love for God, His Word, and others, are equipped to grow as followers of Jesus Christ and are challenged to live out their personal faith through word and action. We are passionate about helping children grow in their faith and equipping their parents to be the spiritual nurturers of their children.

Katie Gehrz 
Children and Family Director

Hannah Jacobson 
Early Childhood Director

Mary Jacobson 
Nursery Coordinator





At Salem Covenant Church, the safety and security of your children is extremely important. That’s why we’ve chosen KidCheck as our children’s check-in solution to bring you the best check-in experience. KidCheck allows us to partner with you to keep your children safe. It is a secure children’s check-in system that will enhance our security and simplify the check in process. Sign up to help us create a seamless transition into this new phase of security.

  1. Visit KidCheck or download the KidCheck app on an iOS or Android device.
  2. Select the link to create a free KidCheck account.
  3. Fill in the requested fields, and agree to the terms of use.

Adding Children and Guardians (If you are a volunteer/employee only, and have no kids to add, you may skip these steps.)

  1. Locate the “Kids” tab. Select the link to add a new child, and input your child’s information and upload photos. Select the save button when you are done.
  2. Locate the “Guardians” tab. This is where you will input additional guardians whom you would like to be able to pick up the children you’ve listed. Add their information and upload photos. Remember to click save when you are done.


Our nursery is a warm, inviting place for children from newborns to two years of age. During all worship services, children are welcomed by our Nursery Coordinator and loving and caring individuals who are eager to share the love of Jesus with them. Parents may leave their child, confident they will be well cared for. The nursery is located on the main level.

Children’s safety is important to us, so we screen all volunteers and have policies in place to ensure the children’s safety.


Traditional Service (9:00 a.m.)

  • Nursery—Children under age 2 are checked in and out of the Nursery.
  • Preschool Worship—Children age 2-5 are checked in and out outside of Room 20. Children meet for the entire hour in Room 20.
  • All children need to be picked up by an authorized guardian

Contemporary Service (10:30 a.m.)

  • Nursery—Children under age 2 are checked in and out of the Nursery.
  • Preschool Worship—Children ages 2-3 years-old should be checked in and out outside of Room 20. Children meet for the entire hour in Room 20. Children ages 4-5 should be checked in outside of the Gym. They will be dismissed from the service and go to Room 18A.
  • Children’s Worship—Children in grades Kindergarten-Grade 2 should be checked in outside of the Gym. They will be dismissed from the service and go to Room 19A.
  • All children need to be picked up by an authorized guardian

Sunday School will resume in September.


In Sunday School , the children learn about the love of God for them and for others, in age-appropriate classrooms. Through the use of Tru curriculum, children connect with God, find their place in His Big God Story, and learn how to respond to Him. Classes are held for two-year-olds through fifth grade at 9:45 a.m.

During Preschool Worship at 11:00 a.m., children (two- and three-year-olds) participate in a time of worship, a Bible story, a reinforcement activity, group play, and a snack time. Children who participate in Sunday School may remain in the room for Preschool Worship while others will join them prior to the start of the service.

Children (four-year-olds through second grade) begin in the Contemporary Service at 11:00 with their parents and are then dismissed to go with their leaders to Children’s Worship. After experiencing the Bible story, opportunities are provided for the children to discover what God wants them to do in response to what they have learned.




Children’s Choirs

For more information, click here


Join us for a family friendly meal that is served from 5:15–6:15 p.m. It’s a great chance for your family to connect and to have time with friends. The cost is $3.00/person or maximum of $12.00/family.

Menu Plan:
1st Wednesday—Pizza
2nd Wednesday—Sandwiches
3rd Wednesday—Chicken Nuggets
4th Wednesday—Tacos in a Bag
5th Wednesday—Hot Dogs
* Menu subject to change.


This is the place to be from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m on Wednesdays (September-May). Children from age three through grade five are divided into three age groups that participate in Bible study, Scripture memory, and games. There are special activity nights, service projects, and awards for the work that the children complete.

Register HERE, using KidCheck! If you have not created a KidCheck account, you will need to complete that process and then re-click the link to register for AWANA. Cost: $30/child. The fee helps offset the cost of books, uniforms, and awards. If this fee would prevent your child from participating, please contact Pastor Alice Johnson for scholarship assistance.

Sports Ministry

Game Ready. Life Ready.

Check back for activities starting this fall!


Summer Activities

By God for a unique purpose For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

We are all created with unique passions, gifts, and personalities. This summer, we encourage you and your family to create your own summer adventure! We are offering a new resource that will highlight different opportunities at Salem, in the community, and even some ideas you can try at home. Follow the paths and create your own adventure filled with experiences just for children, family activities, and outings as a Salem community.

  • Salem Family Adventures
  • Midtown Global Market
  • Rock Climbing
  • Como Park, Zoo, and Conservatory
  • History Center
  • And More!

Look for this resource coming soon!


Vacation Bible School
June 19-23
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Create Camp
July 24-28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Service Camp
August 14-18
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Entering Grade 1-5
Cost: $75

Students will serve others by feeding the homeless, packing meals, helping the elderly, and visiting the humane society.


If you have questions about our summer ministries, please contact Katie Gehrz.

Family Events

Throughout the year there are a variety of opportunities for families to worship, play, and serve together.

Redeemer Covenant Church
Wednesday, June 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $15/family

GO:Serve is a service and outreach opportunity for families to learn and grow together, in a family-friendly, stretching environment. Families—come! Be Jesus’ hands and feet, expand your worldview, be inspired by God’s kingdom call. You’ll learn to extend the hope and love of Christ in tangible, practical ways that you can continue at home. Cost: $15/family. View the Schedule and Register Online HERE



Summer Splash

Wednesday, August 16
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of summer with the Summer Splash Event. Bring your swimming suit, a towel, and invite a friend to this family-friendly event in the backyard!



Salem Preschool


Click HERE for the Summer Session information.

Schedule for upcoming year (2017-2018)kids music parade

Morning  Only Sessions: 9:00 – 11:30 am
3 year olds: Tues. / Thurs.
3 year olds: Wed. / Fri.
4 year olds: Mon./ Wed./ Fri.

Special 4-Year-Old Session: 11:30 – 3:00 p.m.
4 year olds: Mon. 9:00-11:30 a.m. / Tues. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. / Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This class includes a supervised lunch hour.  (Bring your own lunch.)

All classes above are in session from September through May.

Help your preschooler get ready for Kindergarten academically, socially, and emotionally in a faith-based atmosphere. All are welcome!
For information about Salem Preschool:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To enroll in Salem Preschool a child must be three, four, or five years of age. Threes must turn three before September 1 and be toilet trained before school begins. 

TUITION Tuition is paid monthly and the amount due remains the same regardless of the number of sessions in each month. If your child must leave our program, we would like a month’s notice if possible.

View Weekly Schedule and Tuition

Registration Form – [PDF]
Immunization Form – [PDF]
Medical Form -[PDF]
Emergency Form -[PDF]
Health Information – [PDF]

Visit our website,

Current Openings:

Contact Pam Carlson for information or to register.

Find us on Facebook!

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Any questions can be directed to Pam Carlson, Preschool Director or 651-633-0158.

For Parents

Parenting with Spirit

During September-May on Sunday mornings at 9:45, a group of parents gather to encourage and support one another as they navigate different stages of parenting and discuss topics relevant to raising children in today’s world. 

Salem’s parenting ministry serves parents of children from birth through teens, equipping them to nurture their child’s faith and provide positive family dynamics. Entering into its fourth year, we have journeyed through a wide array of topics that has included faith-based parenting strategies, promoting positive sports environments, science and faith, mindfulness in regulating emotions, Love and Logic parenting, spiritual disciplines, kids and media, and preparing your child for communion.

Beyond Sunday mornings, parents frequently join together for social activities and to serve the church and community with their families. We are excited for another year of growing together as a community and we invite you to arrange your Sunday mornings to connect and learn with us.



MOPS (MOPS stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers)

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is for every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MomsNext, an extension of MOPS, exists to meet the needs of every mom with children in grades 1-12. 
MOPS and MomsNext groups provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere to grow and share your experiences with other women. No matter what your background or age, you will find support in MOPS and MomsNext as you try to be the best mom you can be!Come, join us! You are invited to attend the thriving group that meets at Salem on the second and fourth Fridays each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September-May.

What happens at a MOPS meeting? The two-hour program at a MOPS meeting often includes speakers, discussion, sharing, snacks, and creative crafts. Many activities will be based on this year’s MOPS theme. Past guest speakers have addressed topics ranging from self-esteem to first aid, from organization to aromatherapy. Favorite activities have included making jewelry, assembling first aid kits, and taste-testing 15 kinds of chocolate! While you enjoy your time together with other moms, your children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPPETS. Children under age two enjoy playing in a spacious nursery. Older children play, sing, read Bible stories, make crafts, and enjoy snacks together. What does it cost? A $5 fee per month pays for guest speakers, crafts, and two hours of child care. For an annual registration fee of $25, you will receive a one-year subscription to MOM-Sense Magazine, weekly MOM e-mail messages, and a free book and DVD. For more information go to

What Does It Cost?
A $5 per month meeting fee pays for guest speakers, creative crafts, and two hours of childcare. For an annual registration fee of $25, you will receive a one-year subscription to the quarterly magazine, Hello, Darling, weekly Mom-e-mail messages, and a welcome package from MOPS International.


MOPS and MomsNext Meetings at Salem Covenant Church from 9:30-11:30 a.m., typically on the second and fourth Fridays, September-May. A complete schedule for 2017-2018 will be posted in August.



Contact: Pastor Alice Johnson

Understanding that faithful, biblically rooted Christians have disagreed through the centuries about whether baptism should be offered to infants and children, or whether it should be reserved until after a person has made a personal profession of faith, we seek to be a community in which parents with differing views on this issue can worship together and support one another in raising their children in faith and love. Therefore, we offer both infant/child baptism and infant/child dedication.

What is infant/child dedication?

The dedication of a child is a service for parents who want the blessing of the Lord on their child more than anything else, but believe that baptism should be reserved for those who make a conscious choice of confessing faith in Jesus. In the service of dedication, the parents and congregation give thanks to God for the gift of a child and pray for God’s blessing upon the child, together committing themselves to nurturing the child in the love and grace of God, and promising with God’s help to raise the child to know Jesus Christ as Savior, be baptized in his name, and follow him as Lord.

What is infant/child baptism?

The baptism of a child is offered for parents who believe that the sacrament is a visible and outward sign of the invisible and spiritual grace of God naming and claiming a child as his beloved and drawing the child to himself long before the child can even begin to consider a confession of faith. The water sprinkled on the child signifies the washing away of sins, the life-giving gift of the Spirit, and the child’s consecration to God. Together, the parents and congregation commit themselves to nurturing the child in the love and grace of God, and promise with God’s help to raise the child to know Jesus Christ as Savior and follow him as Lord.

Inspiring and equipping all generations.