SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - With Sunday worship services suspended throughout the region due to the current Covid-19 regulations, last Sunday, South Salem Presbyterian Church held its first Virtual Worship Service, a practice that pastor, Mark Salmon, plans to continue throughout the crisis and beyond.

While streaming the services has been a goal of Rev. Salmon since joining the church earlier this year, things were still in the planning stage. However, Sam Dodge of Dodge Technologies was able to repurpose an existing security camera to webcast the event.

Services will be streamed each Sunday at 10 a.m. The link is available on the church’s website Going forward, Rev. Salmon plans to improve the quality of the presentation. He also hopes to add other “virtual” activities such as Bible Study, Wednesday Prayers and Confirmation Class utilizing virtual meeting software. Those who would like prayers said by the Church’s prayer group can leave a message on the church’s phone 914-763-9282 or email

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While moving to the area from Florida, Rev. Salmon continues to host his weekly radio program “The Hammer that Changed the World” which emanates from Miami  Saturday nights at 9 pm and can be listened to on shortwave radio (9955 KHz or—or simply ask your Alexa to open WRMI radio at a minute before 9).

As the regulations ease and the weather warms up, Rev. Salmon hopes to take advantage of the beauty of the South Salem Hamlet to hold services outside on the great lawn where people could drive up and remain in their cars or bring a lawn chair to listen. He hopes these efforts will create a ”positive experience out on the negative of this crisis."

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