Partnering with parents in the spiritual nurture of their children.
We 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.
Children and Family Director
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.
- Visit KidCheck or download the KidCheck app on an iOS or Android device.
- Select the link to create a free KidCheck account.
Adding Children and Guardians (If you are a volunteer/employee only, and have no kids to add, you may skip these steps.)
- 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.
- 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.
Newborns– up to Age 2
Nursery care is provided during each service. Children in the nursery are cared for by dedicated volunteers who are eager to share the love of Jesus with our youngest church attendees. The Nursery is located on the main level.
Sundays (June through August)
Children are invited to Dig-In to the Bible and participate in
experiences and activities that connect children with God’s Word.
9:00 Traditional Service
Seeds and Sprouts: Age 2-pre-K (Room 20)
10:30 Contemporary Service
Seeds and Sprouts: Age 2-pre-K (Room 20)
Sundays (September through May)
Traditional Services (8:30 and 9:45 a.m.)
Children connect and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they study The Big God Story. Children will connect with God and others through prayer and response activities designed to encourage children to think about how God is at work in their own lives. Check your children into and out of their age-specific classrooms.
Contemporary Service (11:00 a.m.)
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Children are invited to learn about The Big God Story and engage in play-based activities that illustrate the Bible lesson.
Age Groups and Locations:
- 2- and 3-year-olds: Check your child in and out outside of the classroom for the entire service.
- Preschool (Age 3 by Sept. 5–Preschool): Outside of the Gym, check your child into programs prior to the Contemporary Service. Children will be dismissed to their classroom during the service.
- Kindergarten-Grade 2: Outside of the Gym, check your child into programs prior to the Contemporary Service. Children will be dismissed to their classroom during the service.
- Children in Grade 3–5 are invited to worship with their families.
Children’s safety is important to us, so we screen all volunteers and have policies in place to ensure the children’s safety.
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 the maximum of $12.00/family.
This is the place to be 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.
AWANA Clubs are divided into the following age groups:
- Cubbies Ages 3-5
- Sparks Kindergarten-Grade 2
- Truth and Training Grades 3-5
Registration is open for the 2018-2019 clubs. To register online click HERE. Registration fee is $40/child. Early registration ends August 15. The fee will increase to $45/child on August 16.
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. Click HERE for scholarship application, if needed.
June 25-29, 2018
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children entering Kindergarten through Grade 5. Cost:$20/child.
Based on John 10:10, this extreme sports themed VBS calls kids into the abundant life found in Jesus. Expect lots of cool surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding videos to illustrate the radical freedom found in a life lived to the full. The daily lessons invite students to “live like” some of the great heroes of the faith—Joseph, Esther, Jesus, the Early Church, and Paul. God wants us to live our lives Fully Alive because we can believe that what He says is true!
LIVE FULLY ALIVE!
Live like you know God is with you.
Live like God has a plan for you.
Live like Jesus is alive.
Live like people matter.
Live like you’re part of a bigger story.
August 20-23, 2018
Daily, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Due to overwhelming interest, this camp has filled up.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Shelli Streeper.
This camp is designed to teach participants (entering grades 2-5) about various needs around the world and to provide practical ways to serve and address these needs locally. Examples of some issues we will interact with are hunger, poverty, global water crisis, and refugees. Portions of each camp day will be spent at Salem and out in the community. Campers should bring a bag lunch to camp each day.
If you have not created a KidCheck account, you will need to complete that process and then reclick the link to register.
Click HERE for scholarship application, if needed.
Game Ready. Life Ready.
Soccer has always been known as the “game for the players” because there are no time-outs or set plays, per se. It is a game that demands constant movement and decision making that must be owned individually by each player and collectively by the team. For these reasons, soccer is one of the best sports for a young person to play!
Our soccer sessions are designed to develop the individual skills of all players including their dribbling skills and confidence with the ball, passing abilities, shooting technique, and overall game understanding. Each session will progress from individual play, to small sided games, to final match play. Each player will receive a soccer jersey and participation award. We will have an end of the season Jamboree where players will be placed on teams and play a series of games.
The soccer season generally runs late September through October.
Basketball is a fun sport to play because it has relatively few rules, you can play it year round—both indoors and out—and it’s equally fun to play or practice individually or with a team. Early exposure to basketball will help improve player’s hand-eye coordination and develop their understanding of both offensive and defensive roles. This program is one of the few available that is equipped to teach young people through age-appropriate practice sessions and has shorter hoops designed for this age group.
Each basketball session will develop the individual skills of all players including their dribbling skills and ball-handling abilities, passing and team play, shooting technique, and overall game understanding. Each session will progress from individual play to a final game.
The basketball season runs January through February.
This preschool program is designed to teach children various ways to move their bodies and basic sports skills like throwing, catching, kicking, and dribbling (with feet and hands). These skills are great building blocks for future sport learning and a fun way to stay active!
Students meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., share a bag lunch meal together, and spend the afternoon being active.
We typically run two or three Movement Monday programs throughout the school year.
If baseball is America’s favorite past time, you’d better start your young one out early playing a little T-ball! Given the complex structure of this game (force outs) and the precise skill and technique needed for getting players out, we use a gradual approach to learning how to play. We begin the season teaching kickball and the format of “pitcher’s hand” to get outs. As players understand these concepts we move into more of the traditional teaching and coaching of T-ball. This method has proven successful in overall game understanding in both gym classes and T-ball leagues. Parents are also asked to participate alongside their child so that throwing and catching is an effective learning experience and accelerates the skill development of each child.
Each T-ball session, players will learn how to properly throw, catch, and field, run bases, and bat. Each player will receive a jersey and participation award.
The t-ball season runs April through May.
Throughout the year there are a variety of opportunities for families to worship, play, and serve together.
Salem Family Picnic
Sunday, July 22
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Bring your own family picnic and join us in the backyard after the Contemporary Service for a time of fellowship and fun. There will be lawn games available and dessert and drinks will be provided.
Wednesday, August 15
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!
Summer Registration is open!
June 12-July 19 (No school the week of July 4)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost : $237
3-4-5 year olds welcome (Must have turned 3 by 9-1-17)
Our summer program curriculum has units in camping, sports, science, and gardening fun. Register from March 5 through April 27 with Director Pam Carlson by sending an email to email@example.com. A place will be saved for your child when the email is received but will not be permanent until your down-payment of $50 is received by mail or in our mail/lock box. The balance of $187 must be paid by May 1. Class size is 20 children. For more information, visit our website at www.salemcovpreschool.com.
Schedule for upcoming year (2018-2019)
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:
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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (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.
Visit our website, www.salemcovpreschool.com
Contact Pam Carlson for information or to register.
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Any questions can be directed to Pam Carlson, Preschool Director or 651-633-0158.
Parenting with Spirit
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. 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.
In the upcoming year (2017-18), we look forward to engaging in a wide array of topics including:
- Effective Parenting in a Defective World by Chip Ingram
- Habits of Thanksgiving
- Advent Reflections
- Christian Family & Communication
- Connected Families Sibling Conflict course
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 MOPS Kids. 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 per month meeting fee pays for guest speakers, creative crafts, and two hours of childcare. For an annual registration fee of $31.95, you will receive a one-year subscription to the quarterly magazine, Hello, Dearest, weekly Mom-e-mail messages, and a welcome package from MOPS International. For more information go to http://mops.org.
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 2018-2019 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.