Welcome to Salem! We’re happy you’re here!
Relaxed and inspiring, our Sunday mornings are for the entire family to grow in Christ and in our community of faith. Sunday School Classes meet at 9: 30am and Corporate worship begins at 10:30. Come just as you are. Read some of our FAQs to discover more about Sunday worship and Sunday School.
Sunday School: 9:30 am
Corporate Worship: 10:30 am
Between Irmo and Ballentine, we are just a stone’s throw away from Lake Murray. 1321 Salem Church Rd, Irmo, SC 29063
The best place to enter the building when you arrive is the side entrance of the sanctuary. Some of our volunteers will be there to help you find your way to worship and get directions for where Sunday School classes are held.
Worship begins at 10:30. Hymns are sung from the United Methodist Hymnal, Scripture is read, and the word of God is celebrated. On the first Sunday of each month the service includes Holy Communion, through which everyone is invited to share in the table of our Lord. Our Sanctuary is a warm and comfortable place, inspiring holiness in worship but familiarity of personhood. Musically we are led by the choir and accompanied by both the piano and the organ. We have a hand bell team that leads us in worship on occasion.
For Adults:There are five adult classes that all meet at 9:30. Although they do tend to cluster around certain age ranges they are not necessarily divided by age. They are all conversational in style and chose for themselves the particular curriculum. The class rooms are mostly along the breezeway that sits between the office complex and the sanctuary building. The classrooms can be accessed directly from the parking lot.
Youth: The Middle Schoolers meet in the downstairs area (find the stairs near the Fellowship hall). And the High Schoolers meet in the Youth Trailer that sits behind the main building.
Children: The children’s classes meet in what we refer to as Gods Block. There is a general group gathering at 9:30. From there they migrate to age groups in various places. To get to the Gods Block area find the fellowship hall and just before entering, there is a stairway off to the left. From there follow the signs. Discover Your Sunday School Class.
Meet our Pastor
Rev. Gary D. Philips joined Salem in June 2016. He has previously served in 6 pastorates across the South Carolina Conference. Read More
What should I wear?
We are a rural church in South Carolina. Its almost beyond us to be too formal. That being said there will be folk her that are in their “Sunday best”. However, there will be folk here that are in slacks and polo shirts. We learned a longtime ago to look past the attire to the heart. And as Mr. Wesley said long ago, “If your heart beats in love and charity with Jesus Christ, take my hand.” We add, “And sit by me”
Where do I go when I get there?
If you are arriving for Worship we would like to greet you in our Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is located just inside the wooden set of double doors on the right hand side of our larger parking lot. Inside you will find a greeter and an usher who will assist you in find your way from there. You may also find a lot of other things going on as well. This tends to be a pretty busy place just before worship begins.
What do you do for kids?
Depending on their age there are a variety of options for kids during the worship time. For the youngest ones there is a nursery that is staffed by two or more persons. Children are checked in and out by a pretty strict system. For slightly older kids they are welcome to be in our worship service for the whole time but if they prefer to step out we do provide a Children’s Church time. Kids are escorted out following the “Children’s Sermon Time” with the pastor. They can be picked up in the Welcome center following the service. By the time they are too old for Children’s Church we feel like its time to put them to work. They are invited to be acolytes to help lead the worship services.
How long is the service?
Generally speaking our services fit into the hour long time frame. And depending on who you ask that can be a very long hour. Our hope and prayer is to make our worship services so engaging that you don’t notice the passage of time.
What about accommodating Handicapping Conditions?
Our building is very wheelchair accessible. There are ramps to every area of the building (except the downstairs Gods Block which can be accessed from the outside if need be). There is even a lift to assist persons to enter the choir and pulpit areas. We provide hearing assistance devices for those who are hearing impaired. And there are few large print hymnals available for those with vision limitations.