Zion Youth Group Calendar of Events

Confirmation Classes will resume in April. Students will gather at about 3:30 in Faith Hall for snack, and class beginning at 4:00.

The confirmands will continue their study from the Lutheran Study Bible. Our topics for the remainder of our schedule are:
April 26 – Why should I follow Jesus?
May 3 — Why should I pray?
May 10 — Can someone lose their salvation?
May 17 — Can I be a Christian without going to church?
May 24 — What do I believe?
May 31— 5:45 PM rehearsal for 8th graders
6:30 PM —8:00 PM Mentor Night
June 4 — Confirmation

We thank all the folks who help each week with snack and supervision.


 

Youth Ministry

At Zion, we do not believe youth are the future of the church.  Instead, we believe youth are part of the church right now!  We know teenage years can be overwhelming for both youth and parents, and we want you to know you are not alone.  Together we experience God’s love and grace, and we go out to share what we know with the world.

We do have specific ministries for children and youth, but we also encourage youth and their families to get involved in the life of the congregation in whatever way fits – from Sunday school to choirs to service projects and more.  We hope that you feel at home with us!

 

Junior Youth Group (Grades 6-8) 

This is a lively group of youth who meet monthly for discussions, retreats, community service, and fun! Water floats down the river, lock-ins, scavenger hunts, softball games, and community service are just a few of the events that have taken place.

Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

All high school youth are invited to join us for faith, fun, fellowship, service, and more.

2018 ELCA youth gathering

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

For more information, visit http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering

Any questions on youth activities in general? Call or text Jance Denzler at 908-672-9747, or email her at [email protected] .


Mentor Night/Congregational Lasagna Dinner

Mentor Night/Congregational Lasagna Dinner Jance Denzler is planning a fine meal with the “Kitchen Cuties” and our Sr. High Youth! Wednesday, May 16th 6PM, Faith Hall (Mentor night to begin at 7PM)  Free will offering to benefit the 2018 Youth Gathering Fund Bring a friend! Salad, lasagna, garlic bread and dessert included ….you know you’re hungry!  

Blast off for Books

First of two Mission Projects “Blast Off For Books” Houston Literacy Campaign Consider helping Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participants as they collect new/gently used books for the Houston Literacy Campaign! See the attached pages for more details on the project, and the listing of books we are collecting. Our goal is for each of…

Zion will honor its high school and college graduates on June 17th. We would love to profile all of our graduates in the June edition of the LVL newsletter!  Please email the office with details of your high school or college-aged child’s graduation, honors, awards and future plans. We’d love updates on last year’s graduates…

National Day of Prayer for VBS is May 20th

To celebrate Zion’s upcoming Vacation Bible School, please pause for a moment on the National Day of Prayer for Vacation Bible School. Here are some specific prayer ideas you can share with your family. Ask for God’s blessing over your church’s VBS and all who will be involved. Pray for the teachers, volunteers, and workers who…

Parents’ Night Out

Saturday, April 28th, the Zion Church Council sponsored a babysitting evening. Families of recently baptized children,  and families attending Christian coffee and conversation who have preschool children were invited. The children enjoyed an evening of playground time, play dough, balls, trains and blocks while their parents had a child free evening to spend as they…

THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION

On Sunday, May 20th Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate Pentecost Sunday and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Christ. We will also welcome that same Holy Spirit into our midst as ten of our youth “confirm” the baptismal promises of their parents and enter into “confirmed membership” in the congregation. The Rite…

Please RSVP for Parent’s Night Out in Faith Hall

Five children are registered for the babysitting evening to be held in Faith Hall on April 28th from 5-8pm. Adults from our church family are ready to spend a fun evening with them. If you have had, or will have, a child baptized at Zion in 2015, 2016, 2017 or this year,  and would like…

2018 Youth Gathering Update!

        2018 Youth Gathering Update! The mission projects associated with the youth participation in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering have been distributed and are being evaluated. More information about the projects and how you can support the youth will be forthcoming in the May edition of the LVL Newsletter. Thanks for your…

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth

Zion Lutheran Church was represented by Emily Rochotte at the New Jersey Synod sponsored event “Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth” at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Windsor on March 17. Attended by congregational leaders of all ages, seminary students, and youth, attendants participated in discussions, workshops…