“GROW” is shorthand for the importance of Christian education and fellowship at SPC. In his brief history of Salem Presbyterian (SPC), a former pastor described SPC’s commitment from the beginning to “a church school on Sundays” as well as to other forms of Christian education, spiritual formation, and opportunities to gather in Christ’s name. We commit to Christian education with others so we can grow our faith together. In the words of Ephesians 4:11-16, we’re still on the road to “maturity” as Christians. We’re not there yet. But with God’s help—through Bible study and other forms of Christian education—we will “grow up” to be like Christ “in every way,” as individuals and as a church.
GROWING through Sunday School and SMALL Groups
Sunday School classes meet from 9:30-10:30 AM for Bible study and discussion about how we integrate the Bible’s teachings into our daily lives. (NOTE: Sunday School is at 9:00 AM and worship is at 10:00 AM from the Sunday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day.) In addition, we have a popular mid-week RoundTable ministry for K-12th grade students (see below). Throughout the week there are others Bible studies, book clubs, and circle (education and fellowship group) meetings. Visitors, family, friends, and neighbors are always welcome. To learn more about any of the classes, groups, or ministries listed on this page, please contact the church at 540-389-3881.
Nursery: Infants and preschoolers receive special care from paid caretakers and volunteers during Sunday School at 9:30 AM and worship at 11:00 AM.
Preschoolers (2 1/2 years-5 years) have Cherub Choir from 9:30-10:00 AM on Sunday, followed by a Sunday School lesson from 10:00-10:30 AM.
Children (Kindergarten-5th grade) study various Bible stories in 3-4 week rotations during Sunday School. They encounter the same story but through a different lens of art, drama, puppets, or games. This year they will be studying Worship and Sacraments, Moses, Joshua, The Christmas Story, The Lord’s Prayer, The Good Samaritan, Miracles of Jesus and Pentecost.
RoundTable (RT) is a ministry for K-5th grade students from 4:15-7:10 PM on Wednesdays. RT includes music, Bible study, recreation, dinner and family time. Each week has a fun theme. Our group focus this year is the books of the Bible.
Sunday School classes are Bible-based and interactive. We strive to apply the Biblical lessons to our daily lives.
RoundTable (RT) is a ministry for 6th-12th grade students from 4:15-7:10 PM. RT includes homework and fellowship time, Bible study, music, dinner, and community service.
Youth Group is a ministry for 6th-12th grade students meets on Sunday evenings for dinner, fellowship, study, community service, games, and activities.
Disciple - This Sunday School class focuses on in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments. This year the study is Disciple III: Remember Who You Are-The Letters of Paul. Students take turns leading the class.
Journey On - This Sunday School class addresses current issues, theological questions, and Biblical living through the exploration of Scripture, lively discussion, and prayer.
Kingdom Living - This Sunday School class uses the Kerygma curriculum, and each lesson draws from the Old and New Testaments.
Explore SPC - This gathering meets once a quarter (check the worship bulletin or contact the church at 540-389-3881) during the Sunday School hour or after church. Dr. Robinson meets with visitors and prospective members and gives them an overview and understanding of what it means to be Presbyterian as well as what it means to be a covenant member of Salem Presbyterian.
Monday Morning Bible Study for Men - This Bible study and fellowship group meets on Mondays at Famous Anthony’s in Salem at 6:45 AM.
Women’s Circles (locations vary)
Morning Circle - Meets the first Tuesday at 10:30 AM.
Evening Circle - Meets the first Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
Grace Circle - Meets the first Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Joy Circle - Meets the third Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Presbyterians at Lunch (PAL) - Meets for lunch, fellowship, and a program on the third Tuesday at 11:30 AM in Gresham Hall.
Women’s Bible Study - This Bible study and fellowship group each Wednesday at 10:30 AM in Room 117.
Men’s Lunch at Mac & Bob’s - On the second Wednesday, men gather at 11:30 AM for lunch and fellowship at Mac & Bob’s restaurant in Salem.
Downtown Lunch - On the third Wednesday, people break bread together at Alexander’s restaurant in downtown Roanoke at 11:45 AM.
SPC Book Club - On the fifth Thursday, we meet in various members’ homes at 7:15 PM for a lively book discussion.
Amazin’ Grazin’ - These dinner groups of 6-8 people meet for fellowship and fun, rotating to different homes each time. They usually meet once a month from January through April.
Scholarships - SPC has been fortunate that through the years its members have bestowed special expressions of their love and interest in serving Christ through this Church. These expressions have resulted in the establishment of four scholarships that are presented annually. Funds for the four scholarships are managed by the Finance Committee of SPC. A Scholarship Committee is appointed each year by the Finance Committee and approved by Session. The committee is responsible for receiving, analyzing and judging the applications for the awards and selecting the recipients of the awards. Members of the congregation are encouraged to nominate the potential recipients for these scholarships. The scholarships judged by the committee are awarded in June. Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from in the church office or at the link below. Applications must be received by the Chair of the Scholarship Committee no later than May 1.