Small Groups at Salem

We have many small groups that meet at Salem or within the local community. Our current small groups are listed below.

Small Groups are the best place to get connected and grow at Salem. We want to see people enjoying life together as they study God’s Word, experience life change, support one another through the challenges of life, as well as pray and care for one another. Joining a small group at church is a great way to experience biblical community, strengthen your faith, build new friendships and grow closer to God.

PRAISE BAND PRACTICE – Praise Band Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesdays at SUMC  at 8:00 PM.  Meetings are currently in person. If any regulation or rule changes prohibiting meeting in person there will be an announcement. For any questions regarding Praise Band Rehearsals please contact Kevin O’Brassill.

CHOIR REHEARSAL – Choir practice is Thursdays at SUMC at 6:00 PM. We are looking for new members! Raise your voice to the lord with us during worship.  For any questions regarding Choir Practice please contact Wendy Campbell for more information.

HANDBELL CHOIR – Handbells meet weekly on Wednesdays at SUMC at 7 PM.  We are always looking for new members. If you would like to know more about bells, please contact Director Allison Wagner at 570-391-8948. 


The United Methodist Women (UMW) are currently meeting monthly on the Monday of the month at 7 PM. Meeting details are posted in our weekly bulletins and newsletters. Or you may contact UMW President, Sharon Booher [email protected] for meetng details. The UMW sponsors many fundraisers and local events. We are a fellowship based on caring and serving others. For more information about joining please contact UMW President, Sharon Booher [email protected]


The Women’s Small Group is beginning a new study on Thursday, April 15th, 2021.  We will be studying the book Adam Hamilton’s “The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul.”  In addition to weekly readings, the group will watch video presentations about the life of Paul that were filmed on location.  Group discussions will focus on Paul’s faith journey and how we can follow his path in growing our own faith. Books for this study are $6.00 each and may be picked up at the Welcome Desk in the church or during the group meeting.  

Women’s small group meets Thursdays from 10 am – 11 am in Sandherr Hall. All women are welcome to join the group for this new study. Discussion facilitators will include Sharon Booher and Brenda Binns, among others. On the week following the close of the study, the group will have an extended meeting time to view the film “Paul, An Apostle of Christ.” For more information on the group for this study, contact Lay Leader (CSM) Brenda Binns at [email protected].  


We are now meeting as a group, in person or on Zoom, on the 3rd Monday of the month to share stories about Salem’s ministries and brainstorm ways we can continue our community outreach ministries in our “new normal.” This past Monday we heard from Sarah Allison, who heads up our Welcome Home Ministry for families with new babies by showering them with meals and baby gifts for the new arrival’s first few weeks home. In March we will hear about the Scripture Coloring Ministry, now in its third year, at Cake Pros on Wednesday mornings.

Our goal is to plan a welcoming presence at as many of the Town Square events and local festivals and craft fairs as we can in 2021, as well as to assist in the planning and execution of the outreach events held at Salem, like the Block Party and our other seasonal family events.

If you have an idea about how to share the love of Christ with others, especially to those new to our church or the “un-churched” living in our community, please join us on Monday evening, March 15, at 7 PM. Find out how you can get support for a new mission or ministry idea of your own, or join in one already working to transform lives through Christ. Information for Zoom will be in the bulletin the week prior to the meeting in case we cannot meet in person at the church. Contact Christ Servant Minister, Brenda Binns by emailing her at ([email protected]) at any time for ideas for Welcoming and Outreach ministries at Salem.


Missing your church small group? Go online! Contact Admin. Assistant / Secretary, Hayley, at the church office to schedule an online session! You must contact the Office to use our zoom. Please plan a week before your meeting date so we can review all zoom meeting procedures with you ahead of time. We also must make sure your meeting does not conflict with another scheduled time. You can contact the Office for more information at 570-366-0201 / [email protected]


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of our small groups will be temporarily suspended from meeting in the church building. Please see the above for lists of small groups that are still meeting or meeting virtually. If you are unsure if your group is meeting please contact your group leader for details.  




Thursday Women’s Small Group is a bible and book study held on a weekly basis in the Salem Social Hall. We meet every Thursday Morning at 10:00 AM.Please contact Lay Leader, Barb Stein, at 570-449-6533 if you are joining and want a book ordered. 

Eat. Pray. Color. takes place over the Spring/Summer months. Meetings take place two times a week. We consume yummy treats and color. Each meeting has group discussion and prayer. Join us as we Eat, Pray and color!!

Meetings are Wednesdays at 2 PM at Cake Pros in Haven and Thursdays at 10 AM at 419 Café in Orwigsburg. All are welcome to come for this seasonal small group.

Questions? Contact group leader Brenda Binns at 570-617-1342.

Do you have a musical talent? Why not join the praise band!

The Praise Band meets Wednesdays at Salem at 8:00 pm. Have a musical gift you would like to share with the church? Rock out and play with the praise band!

Contact Kevin O’Brassill for any questions or more info about joining the Praise Band. Please, contact  Kevin by emailing at: [email protected]

Raise your voice to the Lord with the Salem Choir! 

Choir Practices are held every Thursday at 6:00 pm at Salem UMC. We are looking for new members! Raise your voice and sing out loud with us! All are welcome to join!

“Psalm 105: sing praises to him;  tell of his wonders works!!”

For more information, contact  Choir Director Wendy Campbell at: [email protected]


Get ready to ring! The hand bell choir: The God Squad has a place for YOU! We have practices on Wednesdays at  7:00 pm at Salem. The God Squad performs during services on multiple occassions and for special Holiday Events. 

Contact Handbell Director, Allison Wagner, if you have an interest in joining the handbells. Allison Wager: 570-391-8948. Ring with us!


Sunday Night Live (SNL) Worships! Come experience our coffeehouse style worship! SNL Worship begins at 6:30 pm held at SUMC. The entrance to Sandherr Hall is on Independence Street. All are welcome! For any questions please contact Lay Leader Brenda Binns for more information. You can contact Brenda by emailing her at [email protected] Worship with us!


Make memories and make friends at the Scrapbooking  Small Group! 

Scrapbooking meets every third Friday of the month from 4:00 pm—10:00 pm. Meet creative friendly fellowship at this small group!
All ages are welcome to join.
No experience required! Save those sweet memories with this small group!


Grow in Faith, Friendship and FUN! 

The Youth Group meets every third Sunday of the month at 12:00 noon. All youth are welcome to join! Bring a friend to Youth Group!! Please, contact leader Susan Carlson at [email protected] for more information regarding joining, or for questions on the schedule or for Youth Group.



UMM meets the second Saturday each month at Salem  7:00 – 8:00 AM. ALL men are welcome and encouraged to attend. We work within our church and community to help those in need, sponsor events, and fundraise to help those in our Church and community.


The UMW sponsors many fundraisers and local events. We are a fellowship based on caring and serving others. For more information about joining please contact UMW President, Sharon Booher [email protected]


Team Orwigsburg is a local mission team that works within the community to expand our outreach program. The Team also has an annual Mission Trip to serve outside our town and to lend a hand to those in need.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Team Serves Dinner for Applewood Senior Citizens every 3rd Thursday of each month. 

Part of being a great volunteer is loving what you’re doing. Find something that you’re passionate about or something that inspires you, and then find a need in your community. There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer – you just need to find the one that feels right.

We have many opportunities for you to get involved and lend a hand!

We can’t have worship without YOU!

We are always  in need of worship participants to help and assist  during service. You do not need previous experience to help.

Make your year meaningful by volunteering your time in serving during worship. We need your help to make worship a success!