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
Children and Family Associate
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.
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, discipleship, and deep study of the Word of God. Check your children into and out of their age-specific classrooms. Age Groups and Locations:
- 2- and 3-year-olds: Room 20
- 3-year-olds (by Sept. 5)–Preschool: Room 18
- Kindergarten-Grade 2: Room 5-6
- Grade 3-5: Room 10-11
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
- Seeds—Ages 2-3 Children are invited to Dig-in and engage in learning through worship and response activities designed to develop their relationship with God and think about how God is at work in their lives.
- Sprouts—Preschool-Grade 2 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.
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.
Second Wednesday—Hot Dogs
Third Wednesday—Chicken Nuggets
Fourth Wednesday—Tacos in a bag
Fifth Wednesday—Mac and Cheese
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 $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 be able to launch our new 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.
Throughout the year there are a variety of opportunities for families to worship, play, and serve together.
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.
Summer Preschool Classes
Our summer program curriculum has units in camping, sports, science, and gardening fun. Registration opens in March with Director Pam Carlson by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A place will be saved for your child when the email is received but will not be permanent until your down-payment is received by mail or in our mail/lockbox. The balance must be paid by May 1. Class size is 20 children. For more information, visit our website at www.salemcovpreschool.com.
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.
Sunday, September 9 at 9:45 a.m.
Join other Salem parents in the Lounge on Sunday mornings at 9:45 beginning today as we gather to connect and grow in our relationships with God and with our children. Through October 21st we will be doing a 6-week series exploring biblical and tangible ways to help our children and teens build a vibrant, enduring faith. Each Bible study session includes interviews with everyday parents talking about their own doubts, fears, and desires. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner provide powerful teaching that will help us give our kids what they need to build a solid framework for lifelong faith.
Sundays, September 16 – October 21 at 9:45 a.m.
Join Salem parents in the Lounge on Sunday mornings at 9:45 as we build community and explore biblical and practical strategies for parenting with the series It Starts at Home: Learn to Confidently Teach Your Kids About God. Each video session includes interviews with everyday parents talking about their own doubts, fears, and desires. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner provide teaching and coaching that will help us give our children and teens what they need to develop a vibrant and lifelong faith.
In the upcoming year (2018-19), we look forward to engaging in a wide array of topics including:
- It Starts at Home with Kurt & Olivia Bruner, Matt Chandler, and Gary Thomas
- Faith & Sports with Shelli Streeper
- Sacred Rhythms with Ruth Haley Barton
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.
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.