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. High School (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



Students entering grades 6-8

Zero Gravity
November 9 || 7:00-10:15 p.m.

Bring a few friends and join us for our Middle School Zero Gravity Adventure! We will be leaving Salem at 7:00 p.m. and head to grab some ice cream together! Then we will head to Zero Gravity for jumping and laser tag! Cost is $15. Parental consent waiver needed. Register online or with Sue!

MS Christmas Party
December 19 || 6:45-8:00 p.m.

Join us for good snacks and fun games as we celebrate Christmas here at Salem! A great evening to bring a friend!

Snow Tubing
December 27 || 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us while we go snow tubing for the afternoon! We will head to Eko Backen for some snow tubing and then bring money for dinner after! Cost: $15



Students entering grades 8-12

Vertical Endeavors Climbing Adventure
November 18 || 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Let’s climb! Bring a friend and join us for a trip to Vertical Endeavors! We will gather at Salem at 3:00 p.m. and head to Vertical Endeavors for a couple of hours of climbing, then head out for a later dinner! Cost is $30 ($22 for climbing and $8 for dinner). Parental consent waiver required. Register online or with Sue!

White Elephant Christmas Party!
December 19 || 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Party! Join us as we head to the Walker house for our White Elephant Christmas Party! Bring a friend and a funny, appropriate white elephant gift to share. Games, snacks, and fun provided! Let Luke know if you have questions!

Bowling/Movie Night
December 28
Stay tuned for details!

SALT Dates:
November 11, December 16

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