Bethany Baptist Church

Connecting Our Community to Christ
Salem, Oregon

Opportunities to Serve


At Bethany

Food Cupboard

We give out a lot of food here at Bethany to members in need and people from the community. The heaviest use is at the end of the month into the beginning of the next month. That is usually when state/federal assistance runs out and people find themselves without. The following items are the ones needed most often:

  • Boxed dinners or sides
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Cereal & Granola Bars
  • Canned fruit and applesauce
  • Rice & Ramen Noodles
  • Canned Meats (Tuna/Chicken)
  • Hearty Soups and Chili
  • Stews & Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut Butter & Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Paper Products
  • Diapers/Wipes
  • Laundry Soap/Dryer Sheets
  • Limited storage for fresh/frozen items

Please bring your items to the church and put them under the mail boxes or on the counter in the old kitchen. Thanks!

Building & Grounds

Our building committee is always looking for volunteers to help with projects in and around our building and grounds. If you have some time to give and would like to help with yard maintanence or building maintenance, please contact Dave Caston.

Meals Ministry

Periodally we have a need to provide meals for those in our church who are ill, recovering or who have just had a baby. We send out what is called a Meal Train.  You can go to to learn more about how that works.  If you are on our church e-mail list, you will automatically be notified when a meal train has been started.  Contact the church office if you would be willing to be added to a list of people to call for an emergency meal.

Children’s Ministries

We have a very active and growing Children’s Ministry here at Bethany Baptist! We can always use more hands to help in the Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), MOMSnext (for Mom’s with Elementary kids) Upward Sports and AWANA. All of our children’s workers must fill out a volunteer application and pass a criminal/sexual background check. To learn more about our Safeguards of Care, please click on the links.

In the Community

From the Union Gospel Mission – Simonka House for Women

In brief, our guests are required to attend our chapel services every evening at Simonka Place from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. If we have children, they attend children’s chapel at the same time (children 16 months and older). When the women leave here, they return to our community and often want to continue attending church. We find they are more likely to attend a church in their area, if they are know someone who attends.

We are looking for fundamental Christian teaching, and for presenters deeply rooted in their faith who have a heart of compassion for those in need.Attendance is about30-35 each evening. Our chapel has a podium,a piano and a TV with DVD, if needed.

We are askingfundamental churches to provide one adult service a month.While wouldcould benefit fromvolunteers for both adult and children chapel service presenters, that is not required, and some evenings we may not have children for chapel.

Please share this with individuals interested, and if two individuals are interested, they could possibly rotate months.


Jeanine Knight
Simonka Place Director

For More Information click the following links (PDF)
Chapel Qualifications & Procedures

Non Traditional Chapel Service

Volunteer Application Form

Disclosure & Authorization Form