Connecting and Serving Students in Grades 6-12 and their Families.

Salem Youth Ministries partners with families and the wider church to connect students to one another and to Jesus Christ, and to help them grow in their relationship with Christ. Through experiential learning, worship, service and fun, students are challenged and equipped to live a “whole life” faith that shapes every aspect of their lives.

Our youth program utilizes the Orange curriculum and program to our youth ministries. Orange focuses on relevant, biblical teaching, engaging small-group interactions and intentional connection with and resourcing of parents. Our goal is to have students open themselves to God’s ongoing work in their lives beyond their time with us at Salem. Special events throughout the year will offer opportunities for fun, discipleship, meaningful service, and for inviting friends to come experience God’s love

Luke Korthuis
Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Sue Pederson
Youth Ministry Assistant


Each Sunday (September-May) from 9:45-10:45, students in Grades 6-12 gather for Sunday School. Grades 6-8 each meet separately. Grade 6 centers on the Old Testament, Grade 7 on the New Testament and Church history, and Grade 8 on our statement of faith and the mission of the Church. These classes also represent Confirmation (see separate tab), but students do not need to be in Confirmation to participate. Grades 9-12 meet together in the youth room and will often break into elective classes from there.


Wednesday Bible studies (September-April) provide a mix of fun, connection, biblical teaching, and small group conversations. Middle School (grades 6-8) meets in room 13 from 6:45-8:00 p.m. Senior High (grades 9-12) meets in room 16 (youth room) from 6:30-8:00 p.m.



Confirmation is open by enrollment to students in grades 6-8. Confirmation classes take place during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.), and are designed to engage students in basics of the Bible and Christian faith. Beyond the classwork and weekly devotional exercises, students have the opportunity to take field trips to other churches, engage in service projects, and go on a fall retreat. For more information, contact Pastor Mark Pattie.

Special Events

Open to students completing grades 5-7

MESSY GAMES || July 7 || 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This is it! Come on July 7 for the 1st annual MESSY GAMES. We will be partnering with other Covenant churches to have a ton of middle school students participating here at Salem. Highlights include slip ‘n slide kickball, oatmeal wars, paint obstacle course, and tons of fun! Wear an appropriate swimsuit and clothes that can get messy. Cost is $5. Bring a bunch of friends!

MUUUCE || August 3-5
MUUUCE stands for “The Most Unbelievable, Ultimate, Urban, Camping Experience.” MUUUCE is an unforgettable, spiritual, high-energy three days of chaos, Valleyfair, live worship, food & fun with hundreds of middle school students and leaders from all across the state! This event is designed and hosted by Crossroads Covenant Church in Woodbury, MN. Additional registration forms from Luke or the bulletin board. Forms MUST be in by July 23. Cost is $115.

Middle School SERVE Day || August 8
We will take a day this summer to serve around our city! We will be working with our outreach director, Shelli Streeper, to serve in different areas of the metro. Also, if you want to volunteer at the service camp, this is a great introduction to what the kids will be doing! Cost is $5 for gas. Bring a bag lunch!

Our annual trip to Bunker Beach! Bring a swimsuit, towel, a bag supper or money for food, and some friends as we head to Bunker Beach Water Park! Then, we’ll head back to Salem for bonfire and s’mores. Cost $12

Opportunities to Volunteer at Salem:
Service Camp—August 14-18

Covenant Pines Bible Camp: 
(See for more information)
Junior High 2—July 17-22


Open to students completing grades 8-12

Come to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota for an amazing week of growing closer to God and to one another in an incredibly stunning slice of creation. Check with Luke for availability.

CABIN TRIP || August 11-13
There’s no better way to end the summer than a trip to the cabin. Bring a friend as we head up north to have great food, time around the campfire, and lake fun. Cost is $10. Depart at 5 p.m. Friday, return around 3 p.m. Sunday.

June 18 || July 16 & 30 || August 6
Life groups are a time for us to gather together throughout the summer. Come and bring a friend as we eat dinner, play ultimate Frisbee or volleyball, and hang out in the new youth space. No cost, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Opportunities to Volunteer at Salem:
Service Camp—August 14-18

Covenant Pines Bible Camp: 
(See for more information)
Senior High 2—July 31-August 5


Inspiring and equipping all generations.