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

Sunday Summer Adult Education Opportunities 

New to Salem First UMC?
  • Get Acquainted class: MICAH Conference – 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. See church calendar for upcoming dates.
  • New Membership class: 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.
Fall Classes for Adults (Sundays 10-11 a.m.)
  • Prayer of the Heart (Rm. 207) – 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.
  • Adult Bible Study ( Rm. 107) – A group of adults going deeper into various books and themes from the Bible.
  • Bridges (Rm. 206) – 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.
  • Digging Deeper (Carrier Room) – 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.
  • Raising Up (Rm. 201) – 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.
  • Modern Christian Life (Rm. B8) – 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”.
  • Young Adult Group (Rm. 212) – “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).
  • Sunday School for People Who May Not Believe in God (Rm. 210) Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 29 – A monthly gathering for folks who find themselves straddling their conservative church roots and a growing desire to find God anew and outside the confines of evangelical Christianity. If you feel a longing for spirituality in your life- but one that is available to everyone- join a group of others processing alongside you.
  • Jesus is Coming, Plant a Tree (TBD) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 – In this four-week series, participants will explore scriptural and theological calls to care for creation. Using readings, lecture, and discussion the class will identify what creation care is, why it is important, and how it impacts our lives.
Fall Classes for Adults (During the week)
  • Women’s Tuesday Evening Book Study (Rm. 212) Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 – 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.
  • Open Door Churches Discipleship Group – Dialogues: On the Refugee Crisis (TBD) Wednesdays beginning Sept. 25th (6:30-8:00 p.m.) – 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 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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.

Rejoice Kid’s Choir (Rm. 304)
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.

Godly Play (Rm. 203)
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.

 
Oct
23
Wed
Bridges Activity Night @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bridges is a time for adults with developmental delays to meet together every Wednesday evening for activities such as arts & crafts and movies. Everyone is welcome!

Oct
27
Sun
Bridges Sunday School @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Bridges is a drop-in time for adults with developmental delays to meet together every Sunday morning for spiritual exploration. Everyone is welcome!

“Jesus is Coming, Plant a Tree” @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Jesus is Coming, Plant a Tree”
Sundays, October 20 & 27; November 3 & 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In this four-week series, participants will explore scriptural and theological calls to care for creation. Using readings, lecture, and discussion the class will identify what creation care is, why it is important, and how it impacts our lives. Participants will explore ways we as individuals and as a congregation can care for the environment.

Adult Sunday Classes
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Summer Classes

During the summer, only the adult Bible study class and Prayer of the Heart meets together. The rest of our classes take a break until the fall.

  • Adult Bible Study, Room 107
  • Prayer of the Heart, Room 207

Fall Classes

We are happy to offer a number of adult education opportunities in 2019. All classes are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Look for more detailed information about each class in the Winter Christian Education booklet now available at several locations in our buildings.

  • Early Birds (9:00-10:00 a.m.), Room 212
  • Adult Bible Study, Room 107
  • Digging Deeper in Theology and Ethics, Carrier Room (116)
  • Prayer of the Heart, Room 207
  • Fits ‘N’ Giggles (Young Family Study), Room 210 (also Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Modern Christian Life, Room B-8
  • Women’s Tuesday Evening Book Study, Room 212 (Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.)

 

Children’s Sunday School Classes @ First United Methodist, Room 206
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
30
Wed
Bridges Activity Night @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bridges is a time for adults with developmental delays to meet together every Wednesday evening for activities such as arts & crafts and movies. Everyone is welcome!

Nov
3
Sun
Bridges Sunday School @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Nov 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Bridges is a drop-in time for adults with developmental delays to meet together every Sunday morning for spiritual exploration. Everyone is welcome!

“Jesus is Coming, Plant a Tree” @ Salem First United Methodist Church
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Jesus is Coming, Plant a Tree”
Sundays, October 20 & 27; November 3 & 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In this four-week series, participants will explore scriptural and theological calls to care for creation. Using readings, lecture, and discussion the class will identify what creation care is, why it is important, and how it impacts our lives. Participants will explore ways we as individuals and as a congregation can care for the environment.

Adult Sunday Classes
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Summer Classes

During the summer, only the adult Bible study class and Prayer of the Heart meets together. The rest of our classes take a break until the fall.

  • Adult Bible Study, Room 107
  • Prayer of the Heart, Room 207

Fall Classes

We are happy to offer a number of adult education opportunities in 2019. All classes are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Look for more detailed information about each class in the Winter Christian Education booklet now available at several locations in our buildings.

  • Early Birds (9:00-10:00 a.m.), Room 212
  • Adult Bible Study, Room 107
  • Digging Deeper in Theology and Ethics, Carrier Room (116)
  • Prayer of the Heart, Room 207
  • Fits ‘N’ Giggles (Young Family Study), Room 210 (also Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Modern Christian Life, Room B-8
  • Women’s Tuesday Evening Book Study, Room 212 (Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.)

 

Children’s Sunday School Classes @ First United Methodist, Room 206
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am