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.

Sign up for our email HERE to receive further information.

Children and Family Ministry Contacts:

Hannah Jacobson 
Children and Family Director

Carolyn Trapskin
Children and Family Associate

Shannyn Stoffel
Preschool Director 

Amie Lorence Grubidge
Thrive 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. 

  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.


Family Worship

Whether you are back in the building again with us in September or you are continuing to worship with the Salem community online, we hope to provide you with the best support we are able to. We are dedicated to giving you innovative ways to engage your children in worship at home or back in the pews of the Sanctuary. Worshiping together as a family is a core part of a child’s spiritual development. We encourage each of our families to engage in worship together and will provide tools to help families with in-person worship and resources and ideas to help families create a positive worship environment at home.

Sign up for our email HERE to receive further information.

Awana Clubs


This year we are offering two tracks for Awana Clubs.

AWANA Online

We will gather together for Family AWANA via Zoom on Sunday evenings from 6:00–6:30 p.m.

Each week students will have access to an online lesson to watch ahead of time. When we gather online, we will do a quick lesson overview and then break out into small groups so that students can check-in with their leaders and peers. In this format, verses can be recited to your child’s small group leader through video call, or over the phone. They may also be posted to their club sections on the CFM Facebook Page.

Register HERE for AWANA Online


This is a personal family-lead experience where students will work on their AWANA content at home and parents will be responsible for tracking their student’s progress and awards. Families who choose this format will be given the supplies/awards for their student’s current book and when the book is completed will be asked to turn it into Salem CFM to receive their book award.

Register HERE for AWANA At Home

For either AWANA option, we will be requiring a fee of $35/student. This fee covers the cost of each student’s AWANA supplies and awards for the year.

For Parents

In This Together

During this difficult time, we know that the community is so important. The struggle for parents is very real and sometimes it is just helpful to know that you are not in this alone. The decisions, the changing schedules, the unknown, and all that this year has brought to us can be a lot to process. Our desire is to create a supportive community that allows parents to come together in community and share in the struggle together. Join us online via Zoom for an opportunity to connect with other parents as we all work to navigate life at home, at school, and everywhere in between. 

Register for this group HERE. We encourage you to register and then join us online for as many or as few meetings as you are able. 


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! 

We are finding creative ways to connect mothers of littles this fall while we strive to remain safe. Even though this year looks sooo different than we all expected or desire, we have an amazing semester of fellowship (in-person or virtual) for our dear mamas! Please contact Ashley Tramm (ashleytramm@gmail.com) or Sarah Burt (sarah.k.burt@gmail.com) for more information. Our in-home table groups will be using content provided by MOPS International, which can only be accessed by registered members. To register, head over to mops.org/join and enter group code 9SDW to join the Salem group. Enter promo code EXPMIM21SEPT for $2 off your registration.

Email Heidi Anderson (Heidileeanderson@gmail.com) if you need to join a group! Email Sarah Burt (sarah.k.burt@gmail.com) if you want to join the virtual group!


Thrive Ministry



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.

Salem Preschool

Welcome to Salem Preschool!
Click HERE to begin registration.

If you have not created a KidCheck account, you will need to complete that process and then re-click the link to register for Preschool.

Salem Preschool, established in 1971, has been serving children, ages three to five, and their families in the New Brighton and surrounding communities for over 40 years. As a ministry of Salem Covenant Church, our goal is to Grow God’s Amazing Kids cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually so they can enter kindergarten with the skills, self-confidence, and love of learning that prepares them for a successful school career. In a Christian environment, our students experience God’s love and learn to love and respect others in God’s world. Bible stories and themes are incorporated into our curriculum and students pray before eating as well as other times during the school day. We strive to partner with parents in the spiritual growth of their children.

Our curriculum includes a partnership with Silverwood Park where children learn about God’s creation and do various activities with seniors from the community. Salem’s large outdoor space allows for outside learning and activities as well as a garden where the preschoolers grow produce which is donated to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.

Salem Preschool teachers and assistant teachers all hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and have over 150 years of experience working with students. Their love for God and their passion for teaching and working with young children are a hallmark of our program.

We would love to have your child join us at Salem Preschool! All are welcome!




2021-2022 Schedule and Tuition Information

  • 3-year-old Green Class:
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-11:30
  • 3-year-old Orange Class:   
    Wednesday/Friday, 9:00-11:30
  • 4-year-old Blue Class:       
    Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00-11:30
  • 4-year-old Purple Class:     
    Monday, 9:00-11:30;
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-3:00

$60 registration fee for all classes. 10% discount for Salem members and families with two or more children enrolled.

All classes above are in session from September through May. Salem has a two-year rotating curriculum. The lessons and activities for each unit are different for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Therefore, a child can attend Salem for three years and have a new experience each year. 

Help your preschooler get ready for Kindergarten academically, socially, and emotionally in a faith-based atmosphere. 



If you have any questions about Salem Preschool, email Preschool Director Shannyn Stoffel at sstoffel@salem-covenant.church.

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 each month. If your child must leave our program, we would like a month’s notice if possible.

Registration Form

Immunization Form

Medical Form

Emergency Form

Important Links for Preschool Families
Salem Preschool Preparedness Plan

2020-2021 School Calendar

November Newsletter

Normally, an in-person parent orientation is held on the first day of preschool. Since we are unable to have an in-person orientation, we have made a PowerPoint orientation for you to view. Information about our COVID19 Preparedness Plan is included in this presentation, as well as many changes and adaptations we have made this year. Even if you have had a child at Salem Preschool in the past, please watch the presentation, so you are aware of these changes and adaptations.

Thank you for choosing to send your child to Salem Preschool!
We look forward to working with you and your child this year!



June 21-25, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students entering Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to join us for this incredible week of FOCUS! Students will have the opportunity to worship together, build connections in small groups, and experience fun and games.

 Join us for an opportunity to FOCUS on all
of the incredible things, God has for us.
Cost: $25/ student 

As of April 11, 2021 have room for 63 more students to join us, register today to save your spot.
( Capacity may increase depending on volunteer registration and Covid-19 guidelines)

Alongside this exciting announcement Salem’s FOCUS VBS team is looking for small group leaders to work with a group of 5-7 students during VBS, guiding them through their activities and making sure they experience the love of God at Salem. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Hannah Jacobson for more information.

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!

Bible Sunday
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
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!

Blessings Brunch
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
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.


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.