Early Childhood

Acorn Acres

Acorn Acres is the childcare and preschool ministry here at Salem Evangelical Church. We value children and take children’s ministry seriously, therefore, we are very intentional about what we teach and how we teach it.

Our Mission with Children

We aim to provide your children support for growth into a Christian life.


(Serving children from Newborn to Kindergarten)

We believe the Bible is vital to our ministry. We teach principles based solidly on God’s Word in a way that is exciting, creative, and relevant. Our Sunday morning programs includes an overview of the Bible every two years.

We believe the christian life is best modeled through relationships. Each child is placed in a group supervised by adult staff who are committed to building authentic relationships with each child and his or her parents. We have over 120 volunteers in the preschool ministry who are dedicated to loving your children and helping them learn more about Jesus. For the safety of your child, all of our volunteers have been screened with a background check.

We believe that church should be fun. We strive to make our church a place where children want to be and we look forward to serving your children. While in our care your child will get to experience singing, stories, games, free play, puppets, color sheets, crafts, and more.

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of HIS splendor.” ~Isaiah 61:3

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Our Children’s ministries


Our Children’s ministries


Salem Evangelical Church childcare

Childcare Availability:

Sunday Mornings – 9:15 am & 11:00 am

Sunday Evenings – 6:00 pm

Wednesday Evenings – 6:30 pm


(Newborn – 12 Months)It can be hard to leave your brand-new baby in someone else’s care. Our nurturing nursery staff are here to make the transition as easy as possible.Meet our staff at check-in, where you can leave childcare instructions and pick up a nursery pager. From here you can relax with the knowledge that you are only a page away as your child enjoys a safe, loving environment. Our nursery staff is here to hold, rock, feed, change and love on your little one(s).We are here to nurture your child while you nurture your soul.


(12 months – 24 Months)Head to the Acorn Acres counter in the middle of Acorn Acres Hall and provide childcare information via our registration form upon your first visit.Volunteers direct your child in play, reading, singing, blowing bubbles, and other fun activities. Also included in the care of your child(ren) is diaper changing, rocking, and any necessary naptime for sleepy kiddos.Pagers, although primarily used in the nursery, are available for pick up at the nursery counter or Acorn Acres counter for children in the Weebles and Beginners classes. You can relax and know your child is in a safe, loving environment.

Nursing Moms

A private nursing room is accessible through a private door off the main hallway. There is a live feed from the sanctuary available so you won’t miss worship or the sermon. Water and a changing station can be found in this special room.

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Preschool Schedule

Sunday Mornings – 9:15 am & 11:00 am

Sunday Evenings – 6:00 pm

Wednesday Evenings – 6:30 pm

Acorn Acres

Nurturing your child while you nurture your soul.

(2 yrs – Kindergarten)Using Bible based lessons, Acorn Acres encourages your kids to have fun while getting closer to Jesus! Each class is geared to meet your child where they are both physically and spiritually.

Sunday Mornings

9:15 am & 11:00amBoth services offer a fun-filled session packed with scripture memory, Bible lessons, games, crafts, and more. Using Gospel Light’s unique program, we overview the Bible every two years.The same Bible story and scripture are taught in both services and coincide with the elementary students’ studies. The activity’s second hour has the same theme as the first, but differs to keep things fresh and engaging for those who attend both hours.

Sunday Evening

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmWhile you are in Sunday evening prayer meeting, your preschoolers are learning about Jesus. Kiddos look forward to coming to church with their friends and are eager to grow closer to God. This short hour is filled with fun learning activities that keep kids moving and focused on Christ.Children ages 2 and 3 meet in Room 101. 4/Pre-K & Kinders meet in Room 104.

Wednesday Night

Acorn Acres is an exciting place to be on Wednesday nights! Our talented teachers bring biblical lessons alive with BUZZ kids club where kids get buzzing about God! Children dig into the Bible with creative activities and soak up life-changing lessons. They’ll develop friendships, apply Bible truth to their life, and pray for each other. Week after week they’ll discover how amazing God is.

Safety & Wellness

Please review our safety and wellness policies to ensure a safe environment for all children under our care.

Wellness Policy

We ask that you keep your child at home if they have experienced the following symptoms within the past 24 hours:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Skin infection
  • Persistent Cough
  • Non-clear, runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Safety Policy

  • Adults and children are given corresponding family numbers for authorized adults to check-in and check-out children
  • Children will NOT be released without the proper number tag
  • Pagers are available for nursing or concerned parents
  • Trained medical staff is available during each service
  • All volunteers are screened and background checked before serving in our classrooms
  • Twice yearly training is presented to all workers
  • A safe ratio of children to adults is required in each classroom

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kids ministries in salem oregon evangelical church