Youth Program

View our current 2016-17 Calendar of events

The Youth Ministry of Salem United Church of Christ offers a welcoming community for our church's youth, their friends, and their families that:

  • surrounds Youth with unconditional love and fellowship in a safe, supportive, and joy-filled environment
  • anchors Youth in the life and traditions of the Christian faith
  • nurtures and affirms the diverse gifts and experiences of each individual
  • encourages spiritual awareness and growth towards God-Centered lives
  • energizes, equips, and inspires Youth to extend the love of Christ into the world

Open to all Middle and High School Youth. Middle and High School groups meet both together and separately throughout the year. Friends are always welcome.

Youth are warmly invited to participate in all aspects of the life of our church community. They are encouraged use of their gifts and talents in ways that meaningfully contribute to God's witness and mission throughout the life of the church, and in the greater local and world-wide community. Programming is supported by the annual budget of Salem UCC. In addition, we sponsor several fundraising projects each year to support our summer learning and mission experiences and keep family costs to a minimum.

Youth Events
Twice a month on Sundays 5 to 7:30 PM our Youth come together for Dinner, Fun & Worship. Whether it's working towards a special Youth Event or Program or just hanging out together, it's always engaging, fun and meaningful.

For our High School group it's Pizza Nights on the first  Wednesday of the month. A chance to hang out together and talk about things that are most important to them.

Our Youth have many opportunities to participate in: The Fall Hayride with bonfire, hotdogs and smores. Overnight Lockins & retreats. Going out to the greater community for Youth Outreach. Also participating in Wisconsin Youth Conference Retreats at Pilgrim Center along with, UCC Regional and National Youth Events. Our Youth have done Christ's work by going near and far to help others on many Mission Trips over the years.

The Highlight for the members of Salem is our Youth lead Services. Once or Twice a year our Youth lead a Worship Service that is Fun, Joyful as well as Inspirational, Motivating and makes the entire congregation Think. Plus once a month our Youth will serve the church as Welcomers and Liturgists.
Every Sunday our Youth attend Sunday School Classes 9:00 to 10:00 AM for Study and Lively discussion about the Bible, contemporary issues and how they relate to our own lives.

Youth Program Leadership
Salem's Youth Program is led by our tireless, Associate in Ministry, Laura Kolden.

The Youth Ministry Team (YMT) is a group of adults who are committed to mentoring youth in their personal and spiritual growth, supporting opportunities for youth programming, and welcoming them into the fellowship of Christian Community.

Parents are encouraged to participate by hosting and/or chaperoning youth activities, providing transportation, snacks, or a Sunday evening meal, and volunteering in roles and tasks that support youth and their programs.