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 Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesdays at SUMC  at 7:00 PM.  Praise Band will continue to meet during the Fall: Practice will switch back to 8 PM starting Sept. 16th. 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.


The Choir will resume meeting in the Fall. We will have our first Choir Practice on Thursday, September 3rd at 6 PM at SUMC. We are looking for new members! Raise your voice to the Lord and sing with us. If you are interested in joining the choir or have questions, please contact Wendy Campbell for more information at [email protected] Choir Practice will continue (in person) throughout the fall Thursdays at 6 PM.


The Handbell Choir plans to return to in-person practice on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 7 PM. We have some openings if you or someone you know if interested in joining. The Handbell Choir will continue to meet on Wednesdays at 7 PM at SUMC.  If you would like more information on joining the handbells, please contact Allison Wagner at 570-391-8948 or Barb Stein at 570-449-6533.


Women’s Bible Study is open to all women ready to gather in faith and fellowship. We are returning from summer break on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10 AM. We will meet in the Fellowship hall for a casual meeting to reacquaint ourselves and pass out our first study book.

Our first study book will be “I’m Waiting God” by Barb Roose. Finding Blessings in God’s Delays. There are some extra books available if you would like to join our group. Women’s Small Group will continue to meet over the fall every Thursday morning at 10 AM (in-person). Contact Barb at 570-449-6533 for questions about joining and more details on the book study.


Salem will be offering a yearlong Disciple 2 Bible Study class, beginning in September.  Currently, classes are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, but a daytime class may also be added if there is enough interest.  Anyone who has completed a Disciple 1 class may participate in this class.  The first half of the study will focus on the origins of our faith and the Old Testament books of Genesis and Exodus.  The second half of the year will be spent in Luke and Acts, learning about Jesus life and the birth of the Christian church.

  • Disciple II Bible Study Class registration and information will be offered between worship services this Sunday, August 23, 2020 in the Sunday School room (located off the lobby), and also available on  September 6, 2020.
  • Please note that participant books are on sale at Cokesbury through August 31, when Salem will be placing an order for class materials.  We ask that you sign up sooner rather than later, so we have an estimated number to order materials.

The class will initially meet over the ZOOM platform, making it possible for people with children at home to participate online.  (Face to face meetings may be added later at the discretion of the participants and if warranted by a decrease in COVID-19.) Please call or email Brenda for information if you cannot stop in at church between services this week. Contact Brenda at [email protected] or 570-617-1342.


Anticipating the continuing of in-person worship at Salem into the Fall, SNL will return with an abbreviated schedule. SNL will consist of Meal & Movie Nights with theme-based discussions for September. Facing adversity and perseverance in hard times will be the focus of the 2 family films that will bookend the series. On Sunday, September 6, the film “Season of a Lifetime” will be shown from 6 to 8 pm. The movie documents the final season of high school coach Jeremy Williams, who coached from a wheel chair while terminally ill with ALS. Two weeks of discussion format meetings will follow focusing on topics from Tim Tebow’s book, “This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose.” This “Faith and Football” Series will end with the showing of the Tebow produced film, “Run the Race,” on September 27th.

Due to the conditions imposed by the coronavirus, entry to the church for SNL will be through the ramp side door, and all protocols, such as wearing masks / face coverings and social distancing must be followed.   All changes and updates will be posted on Salem’s website and Facebook page.


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!