FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Are you seeking information about Salem UMC? This page provides brief answers to some of the most common & frequently asked questions asked regarding Salem Church. Additional questions and answers will be provided in the future.

Salem United Methodist Church is located at 133 S Liberty St, Orwigsburg, PA 17961.  

We are on the corner of Liberty and Independence Street. Parking is available on both streets and the parking lot next to the Church Office. Our Office is located directly across the street from the Church Building. 

If you are coming to Salem Church for the first time we invite you to enter via the main door next to the ramp on Independence Street. This entrance is handicap accessible. This will bring you into our Lobby. Immediately to your right will be our Welcome Desk. If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask our Welcome Desk Opperators!

Just past the Welcome Desk is our Holy Grounds coffee/snacks area. Please feel free to help yourself and bring your coffee to worship. Our Holy Grounds coffee and snack time happens after the Traditional Service and after Sunday School. Our services are held in the sanctuary, upstairs. Our worship space is air-conditioned.

Restrooms are located down the hall to your right just past our Nursery Room. 

Ready for Worship? The stairs to the sanctuary are to the left of the Church Lobby. There is a chair lift for those who need it. Services will start promptly at their designated time. A greeter will meet you at the top of the stairs to give you a Sunday bulletin. If you’d like more information let them know you are new and they will give you a connection card to fill out!

Each Sunday we offer 3 unique worship experiences. Our 8:45 is a Traditional Service with hymns and liturgy. Our 10:45 Contemporary Service is a casual time with live band and modern music. At 6:30 pm, we gather for SNL (Sunday Night Live) worship, our coffee house style experience. All are welcome!

There will be many helpful and friendly church goers that can help you throughout worship. Visit the Welcome Desk by the main entrance for more information on our current events, or for any questions. You can relax in our social hall or lobby area and enjoy coffee and light refreshments before service begins. As you make your way up to the sanctuary you will be greeted by one of our ushers. Are you new? Let an usher know so they can give you a connection card! Get connected with the church, and get ready to worship with us! After service concludes feel free to introduce yourself to the church family and Pastor. We’d love to get to know you!

No–You do not have to be a member to come to worship at  Salem UMC! We want our church to be an active presence in our community, serving others in a purposeful and meaningful way. We welcome everyone that wants to partake in worship. We are a church family that welcomes all people to come worship, learn, and grow in faith. We are fully committed to our mission of love and service through Christ.

If you are still interested in learning more, you may see an Usher for a Connection Card and place it in one of the offering plates, if you would like to receive updates and information on our ministries and activities. New Member Classes are also held throughout the year for those interested in becoming a member! You can also inquire about becoming a member by emailing the office at office@salemum.com if you have further questions.

Would you like to know more about what we believe as United Methodist Christians?  Do you want to learn more about what God is doing in and through Salem UMC?  Have you wondered what it means to be Methodist?  Are you interested in growing in your faith? We offer multiple New Member/Inquirer Classes where we will explore each of these questions. While the classes are more directed toward new folks who are considering membership here at Salem UMC, anyone is welcome to come and participate in this class. We will make an announcement prior to all new member class dates.  Please contact Pastor Warner at the church office@salemum.com to sign-up for a class. Hope to see you there!

Missed a class? Don’t worry more will be available soon! In the meantime if you would like to learn more about becoming an active member please contact Pastor Warner at the church office@salemum.com with your questions. 

We have a come-as-you-are policy when it comes to dress code. There is no strict rules for what you wear to church on Sundays. However some familys do like to dress more traditionally for one service while others will dress down for our contemporary worship. We do reccomend wearing more polished attire for special services such as Easter and Christmas.

Yes! We seek to engage and teach children and youth in worship and all other aspects of community life. During both services (8:45 am and 10:45 am), children experience a new lesson through a children’s message lead by Pastor Warner. We aim to connect and spread God’s love and wisdom with today’s youth and children in many ways.

We also offer environments where the Bible is taught in a creative, relevant way. We provide many opportunities for children to participate in worship, including our weekly children’s time, Sunday School, and other Youth Programs. 

Yes, we provide an infant / toddler nursery.  The nursery is staffed by a paid attendant for all Sunday morning services and Sunday School (ages infant – 5 years). Nursery Attendants are friendly, caring, hard workers. All of our Nursery Attendants and SUMC staff have their required background clearances and Safe Sanctuary training. 

Yes! If you need help getting into Church, we have greeters at the entrance doors who are equipped to help you.  Our main door is equipped with a permanent ramp that makes coming to church accessible for everyone. We have a wheelchair ramp and chair lift on site inside, if that would make it easier for you to come to church (just drive to the entrance and ask for assistance if needed). Our building was designed for accessibility and the sanctuary can easily accommodate your own wheelchair, walker or other assisting device.

Yes! Bring a friend or family member with you to church! Did you know that 82% of the unchurched would be interested in coming to church if invited by a friend and yet in the last year only 2% of church members have invited someone? Consider asking someone to come with you to Salem. Everyone is welcome, whether you are visiting from another church, looking for a church home, or are just interested to see what we offer. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” – Romans 15:7

Yes, you can transfer to Salem UMC just by filling out a Family Information Form and submitting your Transfer Letter. You can pick up a form at our welcome desk or at the Church Office. We welcome all new members with open arms! Need a Transfer Letter? Should a member move away or otherwise wish to transfer to another church, they should ask the Pastor of their current church for a “Letter of Transfer”. This letter should be addressed to the Pastor of the new church to which the transfer is being made. If you have questions about membership or want to become a Salem UMC member, be confirmed or reaffirm your commitment to Christ and this church, contact the office at office@salemum.com for more information. 

Questions? We’re here to help — Contact us! If you are in need of more information, please contact the Church Office.
You may email the Office at office@salemum.com or call at 1-(570)-366-0201. We will assist you as best as we can. 
Our Regular Office Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Office Hours may vary depending on Holidays, sick/vaction leave for staff, or rescheduled hours etc. Please call before visiting the office if you can!