Children’s Ministry at Salem

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Sunday School at Salem this fall will take place during the sermon time at worship service at 9:00 a.m. Children are welcome to come up front for the Children’s Sermon, and then go with the Sunday School teachers to the education wing. Our goal is to keep Sunday School fun, educational, and engaging for all kids in our mixed age class, so each week may be different– sometimes with the lesson built into a craft, or with videos, songs, or games. We’ve designed this format keeping in mind the families who are here every week, those who join us once in a while, and for visitors too! All kids ages pre K-6th grade (and older!) are welcome in our class and will fit right in with our lessons/activities, centered around the Gospel message. We try our best each week to get the children back to the worship service prior to communion time.

The Salem Sunday School Christmas Program is held in December of each year. Practices begin in November.  The date for the program will be determined after Sunday School begins in the fall.


Opening my Bible classes for third graders and their parents are scheduled each year.  Each third grader receives a Bible at the conclusion of these classes during worship on a scheduled Sunday morning.


Resources for Family Devotions for Advent and Lent are provided during those times of the year.  Those resources will be available for ANYONE who is interested, usually in the narthex, clearly marked.



“Church Camp” is an integral part of our congregation’s overall  children youth and family ministry.  Our camps are Camp Hiawatha, north of Grand Rapids MN and Camp Vermilion, near Cook MN – together called Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry (VLM).   VLM has been providing opportunities for Christ-centered Spiritual Growth, Leadership Development and Outreach in God’s Great Northwoods for over half of a century.  Youth, families, adults and groups from all over the country are part of thatcamp hiawatha rich history.  The camps and programs are open to all. Children who have completed kindergarten – 4th grade can begin their camping ministry by participating in the Discoverers program – a one day camp experience.  Children who have completed grades 2-4 can take part in a 3-day, two night camps called Venturers.   Older elementary school children are encouraged to be part of a week-long, in-camp experience – Seekers for those who have completed grades 3- 4 and Trekkers for those who have completed grades 5-6. Salem’s Memorial Committee provides financial assistance to members in the form of “camperships”. VLM is an  Outdoor Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides a variety of year-round and summer programs out of its 2 sites in Northeastern Minnesota.  VLM also operates as an outfitter in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) through our Voyageurs Canoe Country program.