After School Soccer Program

Calvary Chapel’s After School Soccer Program was started in 2011. The Principal at Swegle Elementary School approached us and asked us to start a soccer program targeting a specific set of at-risk students: disconnected from school and having academic, attendance or behavior problems.

Shortly thereafter we were blessed to have been put into contact with a college student from Namibia, Likius Hafeni. He has one of the highest international ratings as a soccer coach and a real heart for youth sport evangelism. Likius agreed to move to Salem and start the After School Soccer Program at Swegle.

Since starting the program, Calvary Chapel is now in three local schools, with an expansion to two additional schools with the help of two other churches in the Salem Community. Currently, Likius attends Corban College and has been housed and fed by two wonderful families from the church.

Kids' Soccer Festival

In our fourth year, the Kids’ Soccer Festival hosts elementary-aged students from Salem and the surrounding communities for 3 weeks of soccer drills, competition, and a sharing of the Gospel. The festival is volunteer-driven by members of our body and the community, and no cost to the families who take part. Calvary Chapel held its first Summer Soccer Festival in 2011, the summer after Likius Hafeni started the After School Soccer Program. The festival’s program was designed by Likius, who used a similar model while in his home country of Namibia, Africa. By the summer of 2013, our numbers grew to over 300 children participating on our soccer fields.

Each child hears the gospel each day from festival staff. Many of these children respond and ask Christ into their lives, and are prayed with and for by volunteers and coaches. And for the first time this year, Jesus Storybook Bibles in English or Spanish will be gifted to the families whose child responds to the Gospel. This gift is sponsored by folks from Calvary Chapel Salem. Additionally, each sponsor will also get the name of the family who received the Bible, and will continue praying for that family throughout the year.

Gospel Focus Ministries

Gospel Focus Ministries is a ministry of YWAM Salem.  Essentially, it is a network of churches in our city that we have joined; in doing so, we are intentionally hitting the streets of Salem on a weekly basis to share the Gospel with people.  Although the outreach is an official ministry of YWAM Salem, we partner with them to have Gospel Focus Ministries as an outreach ministry of our church, which allows us the privilege of evangelizing alongside YWAM, while at the same time be connected with likeminded churches in the network.  For more information about Gospel Focus Ministries and how you can be involved, see their website or contact our church office.

Community Garden

Shortly after moving onto our 7+ acres in 2006, Calvary Chapel Salem started a community garden for the families in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as the church body. Many of the families in the church neighborhood live in apartments and/or have no available space to grow food. It began with just 24 plots, and has now grown to 64; it is now one of the largest community gardens in Marion County.

Sixty of those plots are farmed by folks from the community who do not attend Calvary Chapel Salem. It is a wonderful way to welcome people onto the church property and interact with the body of Calvary Chapel, as they grow much-needed healthy food.