Church isn't just about Sunday mornings! At Salem Baptist we believe that Christians need to be part of a strong community; this is a key way for us to become missionary disciples of Jesus.
There are different types of small groups in Salem, each with their own rhythm and focus, but all with the same goal of helping us to follow Jesus.
These tend to be groups that are focused on supporting members in their discipleship of Jesus, through building small communities. Sometimes groups are focussed on a shared activity or interest. Some of our Relational Group are described below.
are important in helping people get to know each other better. They provide a good environment for discussing how we relate to Jesus and the teaching in the Bible. Each Home Group is different since it reflects the people who attend, and the focus of the group changes to meet needs.
If you would like more information please speak to our Minister Andy.
Salem Ramblers meets once a month, usually on the 4th Saturday afternoon, walking 4 – 5 miles or so. Since the group began in 1995, we have covered over 880 miles and we are still finding new walks!
Once a month a small group of us get together for a few games of badminton in the Church Hall. Anyone is welcome to join us.
Come & Join Us
Every now and then we organize social events to which everyone is invited to "Come & Join". These vary from simple lunches, to cotswold coach trips, to presentations, to fish & chip lunches.
Tots meets on a Friday morning during school Term-time between 10.00 and 11.30am for all Pre-school children and their carers.
A normal morning includes free-play, a craft activity, snack-time, and a story for those who want to listen, as well as a much needed hot drink and biscuit for the grown ups! Then it's time to tidy up before singing some songs, ending with our going home song.
We are a popular and friendly group, and because we want to ensure that everyone who comes feels welcome, we limit our numbers, meaning that sometimes we need to operate a waiting list. But if you are interested, please do call in on a Friday during term time to register your interest, or contact the church for more information.
Youth & Children
We believe our young people are a gift, so we work hard to make them feel part of the community by making sure that there are activities for all ages.
During our Sunday services we usually have a Junior Church running for age appropriate teaching for part of the morning. However we also have some all age services, when we all stay together.
is an all-age family friendly church event, with an opportunity to hear about Jesus through crafts and games, stories and songs, all followed by a sandwich tea.
So why not come and join in the fun?
6th Cheltenham Boys Brigade is a Salem unit which meets on Fridays during term time between 6.30 and 8.45pm. We welcome all boys aged 5 to 18 years, who are then split into four age related sections. All the sections start at 6.30pm but the older ones finish a little later:
Anchor Boys- ages 5-8 (Key stage 1) finish at 7.45pm
Junior Section- ages 8-11 (Key stage 2) finish at 8.15pm
Company Section- ages 11-15 (Key stage 3) and
Senior Section- ages 15+ (Key stage 4) finish at 8.45pm
The Object of Boys’ Brigade is:
"The advancement of Christ's kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness."
We always remember that Christ is at the centre of everything we do, and our programme reflects this.
All boys interested in joining BB aged 5 to 18 are welcome to come and visit us on a Friday night during Term time.
Salem has four Church Sponsored Girldguiding Units.
To register an interest in any of these groups please click here
Rainbows is designed for girls aged five to seven and follows a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age.
We have two Rainbow groups meeting at Salem during term time. One meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 5.30-6.30pm, and one meeting fortnightly for a longer session on Saturday mornings.
Brownies is designed for girls aged seven to ten. They become a member of a Six and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges and the opportunity to try new things and to make brilliant friends.
Salem Brownies meet during term time on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.30pm.
Guides is designed for girls aged 10 to 14. They are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
Salem Guides meet on Tuesday evenings during term time from 7pm.