Frequently Asked Questions

COVID19

  • Do you have on-line services?
    We record joint services with Faith Lutheran Church in Cockeysville, MD, which premiere on Facebook and YouTube at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
  • Do you have in-person services?
    We will start small outdoor worship services on June 27 and 28. These require reservations and are limited.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Recorded on-line services will continue.
  • Are there any small group or fellowship meetings during the safer at home period?
    There are no in-person meetings but several groups are meeting by Zoom, including Wednesday Fellowship, Men’s Prayer Breakfast. Confirmation, and Young Adults. For information, contact the pastors.

Location, etc.

  • Where are you located?
    We are at 905 Frederick Road in downtown Catonsville, one block east of the post office.
  • Do you have parking?
    Our free parking lot is accessible from both Frederick Road and Newburg Avenue.
  • Are you handicap accessible?
    There are no steps between the parking lot and the chancel railing.  An elevator allows access to the basement and the second floor.  Restrooms on all three floors are handicap accessible.
  • What are the different parts of the church?
    The Chancel is the front of the church with the altar.
    The Nave is where the congregation sits.
    The Narthex is the meeting area before entering the Nave.

 

Worship (May be different during the COVID-19 period.)

  • What are your worship times?
    Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Service
    Sundays at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Traditional Liturgical Services
    Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum
  • Do you offer communion?
    We offer Holy Communion at all services
  • May I take communion if I am not Lutheran or a member of Salem or not baptized?
    Yes, communion is offered to everyone; it is The Lord’s Table, not ours.
  • What do people wear at church?
    We have no dress code. Some will be casual and others will dress up.  It is your choice.
  • Are children welcome?
    We have a children’s sermon during the two Sunday services before the main sermon.  We have Sunday School at 9:30.
  • I’m LBGTQ, am I welcome?
    Yes, You are a child of God. All are welcome. All means all regardless of your race, nationality, citizenship status, ethnicity, sex, gender identification, or sexual orientation. Jesus invited all people and so do we.
  • I’m a person of color, am I welcome?
    Yes.  You are a child of God. All are welcome. All means all regardless of your race, nationality, citizenship status, ethnicity, sex, gender identification, or sexual orientation. Jesus invited all people and so do we.
  • I am not a Lutheran. Am I welcome?
    Of course, You are a child of God. All are welcome. All means all regardless of your race, nationality, citizenship status, ethnicity, sex, gender identification, or sexual orientation. Jesus invited all people and so do we.
  • Do you have music at worship?
    We have a pipe organ and piano and often have guest soloists with a variety of instruments.  The Salem Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service except during the summer.  The Salem Brass, Salem Bell Ringers, and St David’s Children choirs usually perform one Sunday each month at the 8:15 a.m. service except during the summer.  We also have an acapella group that sings occasionally.

 

Fellowship

  • What age-specific fellowship groups are at Salem?
    We have a Youth Group for middle school and high school youth. We also have a Young Adult group for those who have graduated high school and younger than 35.  During the summer, we have a Summer Drama Camp for children and youth.
  • What other small group ministries does Salem have?
    Salem has several small group ministries including Guardians of Eden, Health Resources, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Prayer Tree, Salem Angels, Arts Committee, Book Group, Christian Fellowship, Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Salem Players, Salem Supper Club, and StitchCrafters.
  • Will you pray for me?
    Yes, we have a prayer tree to request prayers. You can contact the tree at prayertree@salem-catonsville.org.