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

Service Project
Friday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
We will be at Salem working on different service opportunities.

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

Save the Date for the GLOCAL Trip
July 12-14

Salem Youth members will be traveling to Granite Falls, MN to learn through immersion about the Dakota Oyate (Native American Nation). Students will sleep in tipis, visit the Yellow Medicine County Historical Museum, and possibly hear from tribe members. We will venture into the town of Wilmar as well to do a few service projects there. Registration forms available at the youth room check in desk.



Winter/Spring Events

Students in grades 9-12

Mini Lock-In
Friday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Bring your friends and join us for this amazing event! Night games, great food/snacks, and staying up late…what could be better! Cost: $5

Union Gospel Mission Service Project
Saturday, April 4  

In lieu of MOVE this year, we will be going to the Union Gospel Mission. 

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!

Save the Date for the Adventurous Christians Canoe Trip 
July 20-25

Join us for an adventure in the Boundary Waters! We will spend the week canoeing, camping, and hiking in the BWCA. No canoe experience required – we will learn together! Registration forms available at the youth room check in desk.



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