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.
Through a partnership with parents, we desire to provide a nurturing environment where children are welcomed, loved, and safe and where they are challenged to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.
Connect: Invite children and families into a deeper love for God, His Word, and others.
Grow: Equip and disciple children and families to grow as followers of Jesus Christ.
Go: Challenge children and families to live their personal faith through word and action.
Children and Family Director
Amie Lorence Grubidge
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 and offered at all Sunday morning worship services.
Rooted Sunday School (September-May)
Children will connect with God and others through prayer, discipleship, and deep study of the Word of God. Salem Children’s Ministry uses The Gospel Project for Kids to help our students develop as disciples of Christ.
The Garden (Early Childhood)
- Toddlers (ages 2 by Sept. 5)
- Preschool (age 3 by Sept. 5)
The Oasis (Elementary)
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grades 3-5
Flourish Children’s Worship
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Children are invited to engage in learning through worship. The Flourish Worship Experience for students Preschool-Grade 2 is designed to prepare students for being a part of corporate worship.
The Garden (Early Childhood)
Children may be checked in outside room 20 before the service for their worship experience.
- Toddlers (ages 2 and 3)
The Oasis (Elementary)
Children will be released from the Contemporary Worship Service following the children’s sermon and gather in Rooms 10-11. There they will participate in the various elements of worship including praise, Scripture reading, prayer, a sermon, and a closing blessing.
- Preschool through Grade 2
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/person or the maximum of $15/family.
Menu (subject to change, as needed):
Second Wednesday—Hot Dogs
Third Wednesday—Chicken Nuggets or Mac and Cheese
Fourth Wednesday—Tacos in a bag
Fifth Wednesday—Spaghetti and Meatballs
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 2019-2020 clubs. To register online click HERE. Registration fee is $45/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. Click HERE for scholarship application, if needed.
We feel so blessed to have Thrive Ministry at Salem Covenant Church. Our vision is to serve and empower individuals with unique needs and disabilities to deepen their love for God, His Word, and His people through intentional support while growing as Christ-followers. Through this ministry, we seek to increase accessibility to our programs and provide new opportunities for individuals to grow through cultivating a Christ-centered community—regardless of needs.
While our long-term vision is to reach individuals of all ages, our immediate service opportunities entail providing children access to Wednesday and Sunday programming through additional support and encouragement. Do you have a heart for serving children with unique needs? Opportunities exist for volunteering as little as one hour a month! If you are interested or would like more information, please email Amie Lorence Grubidge.
For the Family
Children and Family Ministry is excited to host and partner with other ministries for our Salem Community Events. The goal of these events is to have people of all generations and family status, single, married, young children, and high school students, to come together, laugh, worship, play games, and meet new people. We can’t wait to see you there!
Sunday, September 29, 10:10-10:50 a.m.
Each year in our Rooted Sunday School Program, we have a special celebration Sunday where we present all students in Grade 1 with their own Bible. We celebrate with a ceremony and refreshments. All students in Kindergarten–Grade 5 are invited to attend, as well as the families and friends of our students in Grade 1.
In partnership with Connecting Ministries
Sunday, October 27, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of fall fun as we transform our parking lot into a fabulous Trunk-or-Treat experience for children and their families. What a fun way to spend the evening as a family and get one more use out of those costumes!
The Blessings Brunch is an all-ages Salem Community Event where all are invited to come together, enjoy a lovely brunch, and then participate in some activities centered around gratitude.
Finding the Manger
Sunday, December 22, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Come and experience the Christmas Story in a whole new way. As a family, you will journey through activity stations and visit the scene of Jesus birth, as we celebrate that Jesus has come.
Join us this fall for Family Small Group!
We gather every other Sunday from 5:00-6:30 p.m., starting on September 22. Everyone (including children) eat together from 5:00-5:30 p.m. The children then go to childcare while couples come back together for a short intro to the discussion and then break up into assigned small groups. Each week, we will be discussing a topic related to parenting, marriage, or spiritual growth. Each small group consists of a mentor couple and 3-4 younger couples. We wrap up at 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $100 for the 7 sessions. This includes dinner and childcare each week. Scholarships are available. Contact Lisa Schmidt, Children and Family Associate, if you are interested in joining Family Small Group at any time during the sessions.
Parenting with Spirit
This class offered on Sunday mornings from 10:10-10:50 a.m. is part of Adult Ministries.
We are kicking off the new year on Sunday, September 15 with a series called The Hurried Family taught by Tim Kimmel, who helps us to focus in on what really matters to our families in the face of our busy schedules. We’ll spend September and October taking the time to discuss each teaching around tables to help apply our freshly-gained wisdom to our calendars.
Children and Materialism is a four-week series that we use to guide our time in November. We will wrestle with the issue of materialism and entitlement which seems to pervade our culture, making parenting all the more challenging. Each week, we will look at how to model gratefulness, teach contentment, teach perspective, and model compassion to our children. Someone once said, “God created us to love people and use things, but sadly we live in a world where others use people and love things.” To raise a thankful child, we need to be intentional; it won’t just happen. Join us as we look at how to be intentional about guiding our children through the lie and lure of materialism in the world around 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.
Schedule for the 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.
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.