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.

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

Sunday School Heifer Project

The Sunday school children are going to participate in a Heifer Project this Lenten Season. The mission of the Heifer Project is to end poverty and hunger around the world, and we hope the children will enjoy being part of this mission. Students will learn about the project today and will be asked to participate…

Call Committee update

We are fortunate to have two of our youth, John Zeier and Isabella Brobst,  join our call team. Please stay tuned to Happenings and our other forms of communication for updates as the Call Team’s work gets underway.  

Feast on Pancakes this Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner is BACK!  Tuesday, February 13th starting at 6pm join us for pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash brown casserole and fruit salad.  A “free will donation” will be taken and  proceeds will benefit the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Fund.  


After many conversations and an informal survey, the Worship Committee recommended to the Church Council that the Sunday morning schedule return to its previous format: 8:00 am Contemporary Worship, 9:15 am Sunday School Hour, 10:30 am Traditional Worship. We will retain a bit of the opening format for Sunday school with an opening children’s song…

First Communion Today

The congregation will welcome 5th grade children to the Sacrament of Holy Communion with a special ceremony at the 9:15 am service. As such there will be no Sunday school for the 5th and 6th graders. The fifth graders will sit with their families for the service and receive communion with them. The sixth graders and their families are encouraged to attend…