Special Services

WORSHIP IN THE WOODS

WORSHIP IN THE WOODS
Once a year, we celebrate as one church on a Sunday in the Summer. Normally we have our three services offered on Sunday. This in our annual outdoor worship time when we all come together at one time, at one place and be one church. Worship in the Woods is a great opportunity to bring someone to church with you!

After worship in the woods , we will have our annual church picnic. It all takes place at Albrights Woods on Grove Street in Orwigsburg. Our church picnic is pot-luck style in which everyone can volunteer to bring a dish! We will provide the drinks. Sign ups for main dishes, side dishes and desserts will be needed. You may want to bring a table covering or a lawn chair. We look forward to worshiping with you at (Albright’s Woods Park, located off of Grove Street, Orwigsburg, PA). We hope to see you there!

LENT & HOLY WEEK  

LENTEN WORSHIP
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. We celebrate by having Sunday Lenten morning worships as well at Wednesday Lenten Worships. A sermon series will lead our Lenten celebrations in preparation for Easter. 

PALM SUNDAY
Palm Sunday is often celebrated with processions and distribution of palm leaves.  It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

MAUNDY THURSDAY COMMUNION
You are invited to worship with us on Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, for worship and communion. We will share in the sacrament of Holy Communion and  share a message reminding us of the power of God’s grace even during the darkest time of Jesus’ life.

EASTER SUNDAY  

CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT
We offer an Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids up to age 10 years. Bring your own basket! Treats, Crafts, Pictures with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Goodie-Bag for all that attend. Keep an eye on our events page and our newsletters for updates on this event. 

AT THE CROSS & SUNRISE SERVICE
Make your first stop on Easter morning at the Cross outside the church. Place a flower on the Cross. Then join us for Sunrise Worship at 6:30 AM in the church. An Easter Breakfast takes place right after Sunrise Worship at 7:30 AM. 

(There will be no Easter Sunday Breakfast during our COVID-19 restrictions 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience).

Join us for Easter Sunday! All are welcome! We will also offer our 8:45 AM and 10:45 AM Services on Easter Sunday. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

FALL SPECIAL WORSHIPS

NOVEMBER SPECIAL WORSHIP TIMES
November brings some special worship times. This year (2019), November 3rd is All Saints Sunday where we remember those who have passed away in the last year. November 24th is Thank  Offering Sunday where we support our Food Pantry in town with gifts and food.  We will need worship participants to serve at these special worship times. We appreciate all of our volunteers here at Salem! Please consider volunteering and serving on one or more Sundays.

LAITY SUNDAY SERVICE
Each year The United Methodist Church celebrates the ministry and witness of laypersons everywhere through a special service. We have our Lay Christ Servant Ministers (CSM) lead us in worship on Sunday morning. Dates vary for our Laity Sunday Worships. Typically Laity Sunday is observed on the third Sunday in October. This is subject to change based on when our CSM can lead worship. 

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP SERVICE

Every year we come together as a whole community to celebrate Thanksgiving. We invite you all to come and join us for this special community worship service. All are welcome! Bring a friend or family member with you to rejoice and give thanks. Take this day to come together as a community and share in all that we are thankful for as we worship. The Church and Church Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as we take time to celebrate with our loved ones. The Church Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE  

We offer three unique worship services on Christmas Eve that you can read more about below. We also will have many holiday, fun and festive activities available! We offer poinsettias that can be ordered for you for Christmas Eve from Blue Mountain Farms. We host Annual Advent Workshops  with supper and continues with “make and take” crafts. We will also have so much musical spirit! You don’t want to miss The God Squad holiday handbell performance, Music Sunday, or Christmas Caroling to Shut Ins. What better way to share the love and light of Christ than to sing songs during this Christmas season. 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT 
We will offer three unique worship times on Christmas Eve. The three special worship times are as follows:

  • 4 PM  – Early Worship
  • 7 PM  – Contemporary Worship
  • 9 PM – Traditional Worship

Accessibility. If you need help getting into Church, we have greeters at the entrance doors who are equipped to help you.  We have a wheelchair ramp and chair lift on site, if that would make it easier for you to come to church (just drive to the entrance and ask for assistance). Our building was designed for accessibility and the sanctuary can easily accommodate your own wheelchair, walker or other assistive device.