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 to experience God’s love.

Luke Korthuis
Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Sue Pederson
Youth Ministry Assistant


Each Sunday (September-May) from 10:10-10:50, 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 Christian Education Classes (10:10-10:50 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


Winter/Spring Events

Students in grades 6-8

Snow Tubing
Sunday, January 12, 2:15-5:30 p.m.
Join us for this afternoon of snowtubing at Elm Creek Park. Cost: $15. Register online.

Bowling Adventure
Sunday, February 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us for bowling! We will hop on the bus and head to a local bowling alley for fun! Eat dinner before you come, but we will grab ice cream after. Cost: $10

Service Project
Friday, March 20
More information will be coming to you in the weekly email.

Mini Lock-In
Friday, April 24, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Invite your friends and join us! It will be one for the books! Food, friends, and night games! Cost: $5

Guy & Gals Event!
Friday, May 15,  7:00-9:30 p.m.
Join us for our guys/gals event for middle school! Invite your friends for food, friends, and fun activities! More details to come! Cost is $5



Winter/Spring Events

Students in grades 9-12

Mini Lock-In
Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Invite your friends and join us! It will be one for the books! Food, friends, and night games! Cost: $5

Baked Potato Fundraiser
Sunday, February 9
We need your help to make this great fundraiser for the Boundary Water Canoe trip happen! Plan on being here that weekend.

One Life Camp at Covenant Pines
February 28 – March 1
We are partnering with 10 other local Covenant churches to run a high school winter retreat up at Covenant Pines! Register online through the Covenant Pines website. Scholarships and Salem discount code available, ask Pastor Luke.

Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4
MOVE stands for Mission Outreach Venture Experience. It’s a two-day urban retreat that focuses on God’s call to compassion, mercy, and justice. About 300 students from across the Midwest will gather at Minnehaha Academy for challenging teaching, energetic worship, and the opportunity to serve.

Doxology Dessert
Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.

Senior Class of 2020 Dinner
Sunday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the Senior Class of 2020! Memories and great food will be shared! Junior families will be asked to help serve for this event. More details to come!



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