Youth Education


Salem’s Sunday school classes are held from 9:15am to 10:30am during the school year.

Salem offers Sunday School classes for children from the age of three through fifth grade. Each week children learn Bible stories, pray together, sing songs, participate in craft projects and activities, and engage in meaningful discussions about their faith. Sunday School classes are led by caring members of Salem, who have a heart for God and want to share their love for Jesus with the next generation.

Sunday School students are invited to participate in several special events and CROSS-generational activities throughout the year. In the past, some of these activities have included an annual Christmas program, a Lutherfest-celebrating our Lutheran heritage, an Epiphany celebration, the Way of the Cross presentation on Good Friday and a morning of “Learning to Pray” stations.

Salem Sunday school children are introduced to a variety of faith practices and outreach projects during the year. Individual classes have made palm branch crosses and seasonal gifts for Salem seniors and shut-ins, tied fleece scarves and blankets for a local social service agency and helped with many collections for other children and families in need.

For more information about Sunday School at Salem contact Gretchen Petrakis, Sunday School Superintendent, in the Salem Church Office at (309) 688-9212.

Salem offers age-appropriate faith formation activities for 6th, 7th and 8th graders through its Junior High ministry program “Faith for Life.”

We want to equip our young people to be engaged now and to embrace FAITH in Jesus Christ FOR LIFE! We provide 45-minute learning sessions led by our pastor weekly on Wednesday evenings during the program year followed by 45 minutes of small group conversation and activities with caring adults who serve as Guides throughout the Faith for Life process.

The curriculum for Salem’s Faith for Life program is a three-year cycle of topics, two years of which are focused on the Bible, and the third on Lutheranism, its heritage, mission and faith practices. The repeating three-year cycle, at a glance, is:

  • Year A: “Faith in Action”
  • Old Testament, Ten Commandments
  • New Testament, Lord’s Prayer

Salem Junior High students also meet together as a class on Sunday mornings for Sunday School from 9:15am-10:30am during the school year. Junior High Sunday School leaders for the 2018-2019 program year are Jason and Kelly Brinkman.

In addition to the learning component of Faith for Life, Salem junior high students participate in monthly fellowship opportunities including bowling, laser tag, roller skating, knockerball, lock-ins, day retreats at camp. They also serve as worship assistants and small group leaders at Vacation Bible School, lead the Way of the Cross on Good Friday each year, and participate in many other fun and faith forming activities.

For more information about the Junior High Ministry, contact Jill Goldhammer, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, (309) 688-9212 or at

Kappa Chi Mission Statement – A Kappa Chi student is…

  • A Kappa Chi student is committed to growing in faith in Jesus Christ.
  • A Kappa Chi student welcomes everyone.
  • A Kappa Chi student enjoys life together and knows how to have good, clean, fun.
  • A Kappa Chi student prays for, loves, and serves others.
  • A Kappa Chi student looks for opportunities to make the world a better place.

Salem’s High School Youth Group, Kappa Chi, meets from 9:15am -10:30am on Sunday mornings during the school year, and on Wednesdays for Bible study, current events, faith development and community building. The Youth Room is located on the third floor. Current Kappa Chi Sunday School teachers are Jill Goldhammer and Regg Glawe.

In addition to Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights during the school year, Kappa Chi students are involved in many fellowship and service projects throughout the year.


-Larry Olson, Dakota Road Music