We are the hands and feet of Jesus! Members of Salem are active in serving Jesus every day in our local community in many different ways! If you are looking for an opportunity to serve locally, we have options for adults, students, and families to get plugged in throughout the year, both on and off campus. This page will be updated often as needs change and new events are added throughout the year.
"Working with MissionApex families gives me a way to reach out in my community and take another person's hand and make their day a little brighter. Giving children an opportunity to hear about what Jesus did for them because he loves them."– Terry
Serving the Community during COVID-19
Here are several ways the church can serve during this time:
- Write letters to Salem members who are isolated in their homes, nursing homes, or assisted living. Contact the church office or the Deacons for a list.
- Donate financially to the local food bank. Western Wake Crisis Ministry Food Pantry provides both groceries and resources to help residents with essential bills (like electricity). Make monetary donations for current needs as this crisis stretches on. Or contribute to other food pantries in the area.
- Sign up to help with delivery of hot meals or groceries/supplies to families and shut-ins. Contact the church office for the signup link.
- Giving Blood: There are nation-wide blood shortages. The American Red Cross has safe procedures in place.
- Adopt a hospital unit or first responder unit: Small groups or individuals can contribute to adopt a unit for donating catered meals or treats for hospital or EMS workers on the 'front lines' working with COVID patients. The primary purpose is to share the love of Jesus. If interested in organizing your small group to adopt a unit, contact the church office.
- Write encouraging notes with scripture to first responders to be included with adopt-a-unit meals. This is something we all can do, kids and students too! Contact the church office for information on how to get the notes to us for delivery.
Bringing the Community Into the church
MissionApex Ministry Activities
Bring kids to church each Wednesday night: Sign up to chaperone church transportation bringing school-age children from a local neighborhood to Wednesday evening activities on Salem's campus during the school year. Contact Ashley for more information.
Rides to Teen Club (female volunteer position): Sign up to give a teen clubber a ride to church each Thursday evening during the school year. This thriving ministry provides a safe place for teens from local neighborhoods to study the bible, fellowship, and hear the gospel weekly on Salem's campus. Contact Ashley for more information.
Tutoring/Homework Help (female volunteer position): Sign up to tutor teens as often as you are able. Science and math help needed for 8th grade level, but help with any subject is appreciated. Contact Ashley for more information.
Reading Buddies: Do you have a passion for literacy and a love for children? Contact Ashley if you are interested in helping with our next Reading Buddies meeting, which is scheduled quarterly on Sunday evening from 5:30–6:30 pm on Salem's campus.
Driving kids and family members to church Sunday morning: If you are interested in driving kids in our community who don't have transportation and wish to attend church on Sunday mornings, either in your own vehicle or using a church van, please contact Ashley.
Salem Summer Club: Each year on Salem's campus, Summer Club is held for kindergarten through high school students that we serve through MissionApex, with a focus on literacy, the gospel, physical activity, and fun. Club meets Thursdays in July from 9:00 am – 12:45 pm. 2020 Summer Club dates are July 9, 16, 23, 30. Volunteer positions include lead teachers, assistants, reading buddies during library time, and lunch provided by BFG classes. Please Contact Ashley if you or your youth-age children are interested in helping any of the weeks. Childcare is available for adult volunteers.
"The love of Jesus is a blessing meant to flow through a person. I don't want to be that person where the blessing gets stopped up, because it turns out blessings flow both ways!"– Tricia
Serving Inside the church
Learn how you can use your gifts and talents serving within the body of Salem to glorify God, make disciples, and share His story through music ministry, childcare, teaching or facilitating a small group, becoming a prayer partner, or joining our story team.
"God spoke to me out of John 10 — where Jesus teaches us He is the shepherd and we are His sheep. He also says He is the gate and we will come in and we will go out. The “going out” part is where God spoke to me — I was serving in the church but He also wanted me to go out into the community. I am not cool and my husband is not cool, nor do we want to be, but God calls and He equips. We have the privilege of teaching these young people [through Teen Club] that God loves them and has a plan for their life. We talk about Jesus and His kingdom A LOT. We love these crazy teens and tell them all the time that we do. We are two people in their lives who show up every week in the van — Thursday after Thursday — we keep showing up. I know that it’s not our efforts that make a difference, that it’s all God, yet somehow He uses us in this."– Michelle
Serving Outside the church
MissionApex Produce Ministry
Salem's MissionApex ministry has a thriving produce co-op that delivers fresh and very affordable produce to a local community we serve. This ministry is made possible by the subsidized funding donated by several BFG classes and backed by the missions committee. The ministry costs $350/month. Ways you can help:
- Volunteer as often as you'd like to sort and pack produce for delivery in Apex every other Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 am or 11:30 am if assisting with delivery. If interested, please contact Tricia.
- Sponsor a month with your small group or donate to the produce ministry. Donations of any amount can be made by check or cash to Salem Baptist Church with the memo designated "West Haven Ministries Produce", or online by selecting "West Haven Ministries" from the drop down menu and adding "Produce Co-op" to the optional memo.
Crossroads Prison Ministry and Re-Entry
The desire of Crossroads Prison Ministry & Re-Entry is to seek to care and encourage our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated. Each year over 700,000 men and women are released from prison and return to our communities. A successful re-entry can make a life changing difference for them, their family, and the whole community. Crossroads provides bibles and bible studies to incarcerated men and women in North Carolina, ministers to their family members, and provides support when they are released. Here are ways to get involved with the ministry at Salem:
- Participate in the Outrageous Justice Bible Study. The next scheduled class will be posted here.
- Mentor an incarcerated individual. Contact Amber for more information.
- Donations for Re-entry Backpacks: Especially during the COVID crisis, many prisoners are being released and the majority are homeless. Re-entry backpacks provide them with a bible, bible study and personal items to make their transition easier.
- Assemble one or more backpacks yourself or with a small group to be donated. Contact Amber for a list of items needed to complete one backpack as well as how to get her the filled backpack.
- If you prefer to donate money for backpack items: use your PayPal account to donate to the ministry at paypal.me/crossroadsnc.
- Angel Tree Party. Angel Tree is an outreach program of Prison Fellowship serving the children of prisoners and their families/caregivers with the love of Christ. Our desire is to host Angel Tree parties at Christmas and/or Easter each year. Information will be posted here about signing up to help with future parties.
E3 Ministry in Durham
We have the opportunity to support former Salem member Rodger Shull's ministry through E3 partners, an international church planting organization that also serves locally. In partnership with SEBTS, Rodger serves in RDU, specifically in the Rochelle neighborhood of East Durham. His goal is to increase the number of people in that area saying they know Jesus. Ways you can help:
- Pray. If we are not praying and abiding in Christ, our human efforts fall flat
- Volunteers needed for childcare during program times
- Men needed for mentoring/discipling