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Christian Education

We offer a wide variety if educational opportunities for all ages. These classes are designed to inspire, challenge, and encourage participants in their faith and life. If you have any questions about the classes or have an idea about a class you would like to see offered, contact Heather Ingersoll at christianedfumc@wvi.com

Adult Education Opportunities

New to Salem First UMC?

Join us for a latte and an informal get acquainted time with church members and other visitors. Learn about our church history, our ministries and outreach in the broader Salem community. Upcoming dates are November 17, December 15, January 12th, and February 16th. 

Interested in becoming a member here at Salem First United Methodist Church? We invite you to make First United Methodist your church home. Please contact Pastor Dan Pitney with questions or to make arrangements to join. The next Membership Class is November 3rd.

Classes for Adults (Sundays 10-11 a.m.)

The Prayer of the Heart circle is a group of spiritual seekers who gather to share the ancient practice of Prayer of the Heart meditation in silence and community. The meeting format includes a short period of shared spiritual reading on this prayer practice, a period of silent meditation, and a period of meditative praying with scripture.

A group of adults going deeper into various books and themes from the Bible.

Sundays (9:30am-12:15pm) and Wednesdays (5:30-8:00pm)
A ministry for people with developmental disabilities, Bridges is a drop- in time for arts and crafts, but mostly for companionship, friendship and learning new skills. There is a need for people to be companions in this special outreach ministry! Leave your name at the church office (503-364-6709) to make your offer of time, love and caring services.

Adults meet for “Digging Deeper in Theology and Ethics” which includes an in-depth lecture and discussion around various topics of theology, scripture, and ethics.

Parents with young children meet every Sunday to talk, listen, learn and be in community with each other. They share stories, support each other and tackle thought provoking topics.

A discussion group for adults of all ages and stages on a wide range of issues. Topics this fall include non-violent communication, generosity, and Adam Hamilton’s “Making Sense of God’s Will”.

“Friendship and Fellowship” is made up primarily of people college-age and up, who do not have children and want to make connections with their peers. For more information, or to be added to the group’s email list, call the church office. Meets on Sundays based on participants schedules (not every week).

Classes for Adults (During the week)

Beginning on September 17th, the Tuesday group will explore “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans. Participants will read a chapter a week for 9 weeks and gather for discussion of this book.

Refugees in America – it’s a rough topic, both at a local community level and from a national policy perspective. To bring perspective and meaningful conversations around this topic, the book offers 8 unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organization such as Work Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences. [8 weeks / $18 – Register with FUMC office]

Sunday morning opportunities for Children

Childcare is available for infants through second grade following the Children’s Time in the MICAH service when children go with childcare attendants to Room 206 in the main building. Children check-in with childcare attendants outside the MICAH Worship Center or you can drop them off throughout the remainder of the morning.

First Sunday of the Month 10:00-11:00
3 years to 5th Grade
Children gather once a month for musical activities, games, and singing. They will learn and prepare music to sing at worship services throughout the year.

Sunday (except 1st Sunday) 10:00-11:00
3 years to 5th grade
Children gather for this special Sunday school program. Godly Play® is a unique approach to Christian education which engages the whole child through a multi-sensory experience of the Biblical narrative. In this program, children are invited to explore their place in God’s story through storytelling and open-ended play.

We offer children’s classes and choir during the school year. For more information about nursery and Sunday school options for children birth thru 5th grade, visit our Children’s Ministry page.

Middle & High School Youth

Youth Sunday School (MICAH Youth Center)
Sundays 9:50-11:00 am
Mid-High, grades 6-8 and Sr. High, grades 9-12
The youth meet Sunday mornings to explore their faith and ask the questions they actually wonder about the Bible, Jesus, disciples, creeds, other beliefs, and hot topics.

Using a variety of curricula, the focus is on social issues, mission work, the environment, and making a difference in the world. (The youth also gather as the Open Door Churches Youth Group every Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.!) Check their Facebook page for updates!

For more information about youth, visit our youth page.

Upcoming Events

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