Keep scrolling after you watch the video for Kids, Student and Young Adult information, as well as a FAQ section.
The new normal is now normal.
Instead of longing for the pre-COVID days we need to embrace our current reality. Socially distancing and wearing masks are going to be around for while. The church must continue strategizing for the long haul in order to fully seize the opportunities presented to us in this crisis.
Reserve your seats for in-person, socially distant services every weekend on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am. We will still be livestreaming services on Sundays at 9:30 am.
We have launched a House Church movement.
This is not uncharted territory for the church. The early church lost its ability to gather in the temple during persecution, and it was scattered. They chose to meet in houses. This did NOT slow momentum for the church. In fact, in some cases, the greatest move of God in that nation took place in house churches. Think about this: what if we are on the cusp of a significant move of God?
Birth and Toddlers
OMNI will continue to equip you with weekly online videos and activity resources to build the foundation of faith in your child. In addition, we’ll continue to create ways to get fun, story-related activities into your hands.
Our grade school staff has launched a new version of C3 Homeworship. Our hope is to support and deepen the faith journey of our viewers. At the same time, we are increasing our availability for in-person house visits.
Middle School & High School
October through June
Beginning in October, we will be having mid-week grade-and-gender groups (Crash small groups for Middle School and Huddles for High School). Groups will be around 10 students, and students will need to register to participate. Students will have the option of registering for either an in-person group meeting on the Salem Alliance campus or an online group through Zoom.
YA Home Groups will be rebranded as House Churches, but will function in the same way. They will meet at someone’s home, eat dinner together and have a time for questions and discussion.
At Salem Alliance, we believe that church is much more than simply attending a Sunday service at a church building.
It’s about belonging and contributing to a community of Christ followers. It’s about growing as disciples of Jesus and responding in obedience to His voice in our lives. It’s about being sent out as missionaries to do God’s kingdom work in our community and engaging with the vital mission of making and multiplying disciples.
The characteristics described above are essential to being the Church and we believe that these can be best cultivated and expressed in the context of a House Church. It’s as we engage in this way that we will move closer towards our vision of Salem being a city at peace with God.
For some of you who have traditionally spent most of your small group time together studying the Word, we will be encouraging you to think about ways to make more space for Welcome, for Worship and for Witness. It’s a way to determine together that Christ’s church is alive and well in spite of the challenges that we currently face. This name change helps us to focus in on the WHO, WHAT and WHY of church, even though our WHERE has been disrupted.
A House Church is a community of Christ followers on mission to make and multiply disciples.
We use four words to describe the DNA of our House Churches: community, discipleship, mission and multiplication.
All of these elements are interconnected and are essential for a House Church to thrive.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them...” Romans 12:5-6
As a community of Christ followers, our relationships are marked by love, acceptance and commitment, as we intentionally spend time together each week and invest into each other’s lives.
We also desire to extend this love to others outside of our community as we invite and welcome newcomers to join our House Church.
We come to our House Church as contributors, not simply as consumers, knowing that we each are uniquely gifted by God for the benefit of our community.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in Him, He it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
As disciples, it’s our desire to be with Jesus and become more like Him.
We are devoted to spending regular time in His presence together—praying, worshipping, listening to and discussing His Word.
We also recognize with the invitation to discipleship, comes the challenge of obedience. We are called not only to be hearers of the Word but doers and this often involves risk, leading us out of our comfort zones.
Mission & Multiplication
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19
As missionaries commissioned by God, our primary calling in life is to participate in and be witnesses to His Kingdom work. We seek to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of Jesus to our community through evangelism, justice, healing and deliverance.
We are also entrusted with the task of making and multiplying disciples, who then make and multiply more disciples. This multiplication process is a vital part of the health and growth of our House Church community and fulfilling our vision of a city at peace with God.
The beauty of House Churches is that they can come in many shapes and sizes.
House Churches meet on most days of the week, morning, afternoon and evening, all over our city.
A lot of House Churches gather as a community in homes and share a meal together. Some may meet on campus, other public spaces or on Zoom.
Most House Churches will engage with discussion about the sermon, the Bible study guide or a combination of both.
All House Churches embrace a missional lifestyle that seeks to proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom in the ordinariness of life.
We are choosing to obey these guidelines because of what the Scriptures teach us for moments like this: "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." Romans 13:1
We also believe choosing not to gather is an act of selflessness and love not just to the vulnerable at Salem Alliance, but also to our city. We would be heartbroken to know that a gathering at Salem Alliance caused the unnecessary death of a congregant or caused anyone in our city to lose a loved one.