Serve God regularly
through mission, money and witness
Ours is a fellowship of those who wish to grow in the Christian faith and serve the Lord. We seek to share Christ’s love through service to others and by meeting the needs of those less fortunate. We are continuously working to expand our outreach to the community in evangelism and community service. Join us!
We make intergenerational mission trips, including trips to New Orleans for post-Katrina service, to rural Appalachia, and to urban areas such as Washington, D.C. Every three years we reach beyond our borders to serve those in need. On our last international mission, twenty from SPC built a three room home for a deserving family in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Our youth regularly are involved in local “mini missions” with Associate Pastor Chisom. In recent months they have worked at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, the Presbyterian Community Center, and the Food Pantry and the Veterans’ Hospital.
Some of our outreach and mission efforts include:
Area Churches Together (ACT): This ministry assists elementary school children in need by providing school supplies, hygiene items, and nutritious foods. You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church. This program is sponsored by the Salem Ecumenical Ministries, a faith-based organization comprised of Salem churches of many denominations.
Benevolence Fund: Using endowed funds and our annual budget we provide financial assistance to those in need in our community such as utility or rent assistance.
Central American Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA): We travel to Guatemala to work with CEDEPCA in its ministry, and we also provide funding to CEDEPCA that helps people in need in Guatemala and provides training for church leaders in that country. For more information, visit: www.cedepca.org.
CROP Hunger Walk: Annually in October donations collected to fight hunger locally, nationally and internationally. We join others in the Roanoke Valley for this walk.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: On Thanksgiving Day, we host a lunch in Gresham Hall for anyone in the community who would like to attend. We serve more than 250 people and deliver Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of homebound people that day. Congregation members donate food, money, and time to make this ministry possible, and members of sister congregations in Salem help us that day.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke (FPGR): We work with other congregations in the Roanoke Valley to provide shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families. As part of that effort, we house and feed homeless families in partnership with College Lutheran Church. The Marshall House, owned by and located behind SPC, houses FPGR’s day center. Family Promise’s goal is to move families from homelessness to some form of permanent housing. To learn more, visit familypromiseroanoke.org.
Habitat for Humanity: SPC often joins other congregations in Habitat’s efforts to end poverty housing through workdays and monetary contributions. For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s local ministry, visit: www.habitat-roanoke.org.
LEAP (Learning Education Academic Program): Literacy program provided by Roanoke College for SPC to K-6 grade students providing tutoring for study skills, reading enrichment and homework.
Prison Ministry: We provide funding to assist the chaplain and prisons in ministering to inmates and their families.
Presbyterian Community Center and West End Center: We provide funding, and members also assist in their tutoring ministry to inner city children. For more information, visit: www.pccse.org and www.westendcenter.org.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA): Financial support to PCUSA for disaster relief assistance nationally and internationally.
Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) House: Financial support to assist with homeless care in emergency need of food and shelter.
Roanoke Rescue Mission (RRM): The RRM is the largest shelter in the Roanoke Valley, serving those who are homeless, hungry, battling addictions, impoverished, and hopeless. For more information, visit: www.rescuemission.net.
Roanoke College: We work with Christian organizations on the campus of Roanoke College to connect with students there. Roanoke College students worship at SPC on Sunday mornings, sing in the choir, and join us for other ministries.
Ryan's Case for Smiles (RCS): Gresham Hall (our fellowship hall) serves as meeting place for the local chapter of RCS where whimsical pillowcases are made up for locally hospitalized children to brighten up their surroundings and aid in the healing process. Financial and fabric donations are accepted by this local group.
Salem Clothes Closet: We are involved in this ministry of compassion and service by volunteering and by donating clothes and money.
Salem Food Pantry: We support the local food pantry with donations of food, money, and volunteer hours and accept food contributions at the church. You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church or by the entrances to the sanctuary on Communion Sundays.
Salem Fresh Ideas Volunteer Garden: The Salem Volunteer Garden is located on property owned by SPC (behind the church and opposite the Clay Street parking lot). Volunteers from the church and the community grow and harvest fresh produce for people in need in the community.
Salvation Army: In the corner of our parking lot there is a large bin where members and anyone in the community can place donated goods (clothes, toys, etc.) to help those in need.
Serving His Children: We provide financial and prayer support to this Christian organization founded by Renee Bach, the granddaughter of SPC member Anne Bach. Our support has included providing funding for a full-time doctor on staff. Serving His Children ministers to malnourished children and their families in Uganda and educates family members and communities to prevent malnourishment in infants and children. For more information, visit www.servinghischildren.org.
Souper Bowl of Caring: On Super Bowl Sunday we collect canned goods and money for donating to local organizations to fight hunger in our community.
Two Cents-A-Meal: A Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA, our governing body) ministry addressing hunger and its causes nationally and internationally, which we support every second Sunday by donating money (ideally at least two cents for each meal the donor has eaten the previous month). Money is placed in jars provided on sanctuary windowsills.
Union Presbyterian Seminary: Financial support is provided to this PCUSA seminary in Richmond, VA that educates and helps equip people for ordained and other ministries...which also happens to be our very own Dr. Robinson's (Ph.D.) and Rev. Chisom's (M.Div./M.A.C.E.) alma mater!
Young Life (YL): Financial support is provided and some of our youth participate in this non-denominational Christian organization.
Other programs/ministries: We host/provide special programs throughout the year such as the Christmas Music concert and the Salem Choral Society concerts while allotting 10% of SPC's annual church budget to Outreach and Mission.